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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Isobar discusses April weather 05.05.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

When the rain came, it came in buckets. And the temperature? It was all over the place.

“That’s how spring often is in this part of the country,” said Morenci climate observer George Isobar.

Isobar records temperature and precipitation data as a cooperative observer for the National Weather Service.

Isobar said there was a 60° difference between the high and low temperatures last month. April started with record-setting high temperatures, but soon plunged to the low for the month with 24° on the 10th.

For Toledo’s long-term records, an 83° reading April 6 tied the record set in 1929. On the first day of the month, 80° set a new record, topping the 1986 mark of 79°.

“It was a rather remarkable month for temperature data,” Isobar said. “There were five April days in the 80s and the average for the month came in 6.1° higher. That’s a lot.”

Isobar said a typical month might come in between one degree above average to one degree below. Six degrees above shows it was really unusual.

The high temperature for the month came April 15 at 84°.

“We had two morning temperatures in the first week of the month that started off in the 60s,” Isobar said. “It was feeling like summer for a few days.”

But back to that statement about temperatures being all over the place. It wasn’t warm all the time. There were also nine days that produced below average totals. There were 12 morning readings that started off at or below freezing.

Rainfall came in about seven-tenths of an inch above the average at 4.63 inches, but there’s something a little odd about that, too.

“That’s a lot of rain, even for April, but it nearly all came in two storms,” he said. “Other than that we had about a quarter of an inch.”

On April 7, 1.42 inches fell. On April 24 and 25, 2.94 inches fell.

There were three storms with thunder and, fess up, Isobar, there was a little snow that fell.

“Yes, I remember my foolish prediction that it wouldn’t snow in April,” Isobar said. “I was affected by the heat.”

Overnight on April 9, sleet fell and traces were still on rooftops in the morning. A few chilly days later on April 13, Isobar said he noticed a few flakes falling. Just a few.

MAY—“I don’t expect any snow this month,” he said.

Safe bet. There’s only been one May snowstorm recorded in this area in many decades.

“About half of the recent Mays we’ve had a high temperature in the 90s,” Isobar said. “Rarer is a low morning temperature in the 20s, but it happens now and then.”

The interesting thing to watch, Isobar said, is if the more extreme storms keep coming.

“When it rains, it really rains,” he said, “sort of like our two storms last month.”

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