Isobar's weather report 02.09.2011

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN
Chilly December weather carried right on into January for the second consecutive month of below-average temperatures.
December finished up -4.5° below normal, said Morenci’s National Weather Service climate observer George Isobar, and January followed at -2.8° below the average.
“We barely had our January thaw,” Isobar said. “The first two days of the year were in the 50s, then down it went.”
It wasn’t a really frigid month, Isobar said. Daytime temperatures were in the 20s and 30s with the exception of two days in the teens.
“There were just a lot of cold overnight temperatures,” he said. “We ended up with 12 single-digit readings that included two at zero and three below zero. That’s pretty chilly for us.”
The low for the month was recorded on the morning of Jan. 23 at -6°. The high came Jan. 1 at 54°.
Snowfall for the month came in at 9.7 inches which is close to normal for January.
“There wasn’t a lot of snow,” Isobar said, “but the ground was white for 21 days last month. Four inches fell on the 11th and then it stayed pretty well covered for the remainder of the month.”
There was a base of four inches leading into February—the snowy month of the season.
Melted precipitation measured 1.48 inches which is about half an inch light for January.
Isobar recorded a light glaze on the 19th and thick fog the day before.
February
If January was light on precipitation and only average on snow, February will take care of that.
“We exceeded our February average in the first five days,” Isobar said. “It should end up one of our snowiest Februaries in the past few decades.”
Typically, about 7.5 inches of snow falls in February.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.grieders
    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
  • Front.sidewalk
    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • 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.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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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