George Isobar talks about the weather 1.14.09

Written by David Green.

Three inches Friday. Three inches Friday night. Three inches Saturday.

The nine-inch blanket of snow in the region marks the deepest snow here since February 2007 when 10 inches covered the ground.

“This was really quite a nice storm,” said Morenci area climate observer George Isobar. “It was light, fluffy stuff that was easy to shovel, there wasn’t excessive drifting from wind and the temperature didn’t plummet into the single digits.”

Isobar said that “everybody” knew about Morenci’s snowfall because it was mentioned in an Associated Press story. The story was reprinted in papers across the country.

“I even saw a link to it on the website of a British paper,” Isobar said. “Of course it wasn’t quite right.

Isobar said he received a call from the National Weather Service office near Detroit about noon Saturday. He hadn’t measured the snow, but he could see there was about two inches of new snowfall.

“I told them I reported six inches that morning and we had a couple more, so that was it. The AP story said ‘The National Weather Service reported 8 inches of snow at Blissfield and Morenci in Michigan, and more than 6 inches of snow fell on Detroit.’”

Isobar mentioned February 2007 earlier. He said what lies ahead for this week looks a little like the cold spell two years ago.

“From what I’ve read, this one won’t be quite as bad,” he said. “In 2007, we had six sub-zero mornings in a row, then a couple more later in the month.”

Isobar said he’s tiring of the weather people talking over and over about the terrible cold weather coming.

“We’re supposed to have single-digit low temperatures through Saturday and two or three below-zero nights, but we’ve certainly had worse.”

In January 1994, there were 11 below-zero mornings and a low for the month of -25°. Other January lows include -12° in 1999, -11° in 1997, -13° in 1987, -16° in 1985 and -23° in 1984.

“We had 11 below-zero readings in 1984, eight in 1982 with a low of -16, and 10 of them in 1981.”

On the other end of the spectrum, the temperature never even dropped into the teens in January 2006.

“It’s going to be very cold this week,” Isobar said, “and the wind chill is going to make it very bitter, but I wish they would lay off with the end-of-the-world predictions.”

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