Isobar's weather update 12.15.2010

Written by David Green.

In the summer it’s the humidity that makes it miserable. This time of year it’s the wind.

“We didn’t really have all that much snow,” said Morenci’s climate observer for the National Weather Service, George Isobar, “but that little bit sure did a lot of blowing around.”

Half an inch of rain fell overnight Saturday and into Sunday morning, but it wasn’t too far into the morning when the drops changed to flakes.

“When it was melted down Monday morning, I measured a third of an inch,” Isobar said. “That might have produced about three inches of snow, but I couldn’t find that much.”

It was wet, heavy stuff that packed down or blew away during the high winds that came up during the day Sunday.

“I measured between an inch and about three inches when I checked various locations,” Isobar said, “and finally settled on 2.4. That’s all it took to either close or delay schools throughout the area.”

Wind gusts as high as 35 miles an hour caused roads to become drifted with snow and slippery repeatedly after plows went through to clear the way.

Then the next phase of misery came in: single-digit temperatures with double-digit windspeeds.

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