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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