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.”

  • Front.little Ball
    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
  • Front.tug
    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.F.band
    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2017