The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

George Isobar looks back at August 09.10.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The dry days of summer officially came to an end Aug. 17. About an inch of rain fell that day in the Morenci area and an inch and a half was measured about a week later.

“Our dry spell started June 21 and kept up for almost two months,” said George Isobar, climate observer in Morenci for the National Weather Service. “We had less than two inches of precipitation for those two months.”

At least that’s how it was in most of the area. Isobar heard reports of heavy downpours to the north and to the south and even one to the east.

For the most part though, there wasn’t much rain falling in this area until mid-August.

“It changed pretty quickly starting Aug. 17,” he said. “We had enough rain in the final two weeks of the month to end up with an average rainfall.”

On the average, about 3.9 inches falls during August and the past month’s total came in at 3.93.

The spring started off with about four inches above normal in March and April, and rainfall stayed in the normal range for May and June, but then the spigot was turned off.

The rainy streak that started in mid-August dried up in early September, but about three-fourths of an inch fell Monday and Tuesday of this week, Isobar said.

“Now is the time for it to settle down with the corn and bean harvest coming up,” he said. “This isn’t the time to make up for a dry summer.”

The last 10 days of August mostly stayed in the 60 and 70° range, Isobar said, but the average for the month ended up just over average.

“It seems like it was a cool month, but it’s easy to forget about the first two and a half weeks,” he said. “We had two days where the maximum reached 95°, plus another at 90° and two at 89°.”

There were four thunderstorms recorded, but no severe weather reported in the area. The maximum wind gust for the month at the Toledo National Weather Service office was only 37 miles an hour.

September

Another day or two in the 90s wouldn’t be unusual for September, Isobar said, but there’s also a chance of the first frost.

“Looking back in the records, we almost always had our first frost in September back in the 1970s and early 80s, but it’s a lot more spotty now,” he said. “Still, some mornings in the upper 30s aren’t unexpected at all.”

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