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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 reviews September weather 10.07

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

A little warmer than normal; a lot drier than normal. That’s how September ended up in Morenci.

“There have been a lot of spotty rains in recent weeks,” said Morenci climate observer George Isobar, “and last month was no exception. I heard some more reports of hard  rain in one location and not much of anything somewhere near by.”

That wasn’t quite the case in early September, but it was a similar situation.

“The Toledo office reported 1.89 inches of rain on Sept. 7 and 8,” Isobar said. “That’s more than we got for the entire month.”

Just under three-quarters of an inch fell in Morenci during that time and the total for the month was only 1.44. In 35 years of weather records, Isobar said, that was the fourth driest September.

The average for September over the past three and a half decades is about 3.5 inches.

“We did have four thunderstorms last month,” he said. “Or at least four storms with some thunder. There wasn’t much to them. We made it through another warm-weather season without severe weather.”

Last month was really quite enjoyable weatherwise, Isobar said. In addition to the lack of stormy weather, the temperature was quite mild.

“A lot of years we get a day or two in the 90s, but this year the high was only 82°. There were only three days in the 80s.”

There were only two days that stayed in the 60s and just one that never warmed past 58.

The average for the month came out at 1.5° above normal for Toledo, mostly because of the “balmy” stretch on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd.

“When I took the temperature readings at 7:30 a.m., it was in the mid-60s for those three days,” Isobar said. “Those were the warmest morning temperatures since the middle of August.”

After those three days, the warm weather started slipping away. Morning temperatures slid into the 50s for a few days, then into the 40s and finally some frost with a low of 30° on Oct. 1.

“The forecast doesn’t look much warmer,” Isobar said. “Highs in the 50s and 60s and wet. Welcome to fall.”

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