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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

Isobar discusses the weather 03.02.2011

Written by David Green.


Rain, freezing rain, ice pellets, snow grains, blizzard, fog, wicked winds, even a thunderstorm—we had it all last month.

“It really was an exciting month, weatherwise,” said local weather observer George Isobar. “It was a lot more interesting than most months.”

February was known as the big snow month until it all melted away. Then it became the big ice month.

“And that thunderstorm at the end,” Isobar said. “I couldn’t figure why I kept seeing lights flashing—until I heard the thunder.”

But let’s stick with the snow, he said, because this February was the snowiest that’s been recorded in the past 35 years of local record-keeping.

“February is becoming our snowy month,” Isobar said. “We had 22.9 inches this year and 19.7 inches last year. In 2008 we had 21.3.”

Toledo received 26 inches last month and that now stands as the snowiest February on record (since 1873), surpassing the previous mark set in 1900.

Detroit’s snowfall moved into second place with 31.7 inches, still trailing the 1908 record of 38.4 inches. Four of Detroit’s top-10 snowiest Februaries have occurred since 2003.

“Here’s an unusual fact for you,” Isobar said. “There were only four days last month without measurable snow on the ground. The other days had at least two inches and on a couple of days, 15 inches.”

When Isobar does his annual weather review next January and lists the Slickest Month, February will likely take that crown, as well as Snowiest. There were three days with a glaze of ice in addition to the big ice storm Feb. 21.

In addition to a pair of good snowfalls, there was also some in between precipitation that took the form of ice pellets and snow grains.

Add in the rain before the ice storm and the heavy rain Sunday night and the total precipitation came in at 4.09 inches. That’s almost two inches above average, Isobar said, and the third wettest February in at least the last 35 years.

“February gave us a pretty good temperature range, also,” he said. “The high of 53° was recorded Feb. 17 and the low of -15° came Feb. 10. We had three below-zero mornings.”

The average temperature for the month in Toledo was 1.9° below normal.

To finish off the weather-laden month, Isobar points out that it was fairly windy, too, with gusts in the 40-m.p.h. range recorded in Toledo on five days, along with three others in the 30s.

MARCH—“Maybe things will even out some this month,” Isobar said, “although March is on the brink of spring and there’s usually quite a range of temperatures.

“Everybody wants the snow to end, but we average a total of about six inches in March. We’ve had several six-inch snowfalls in March and even a 9.6-inch storm in 1993.”

On the bright side, he said, we usually record a temperature at least in the 60s, if not in the 70s—along with a hefty dose of single-digit leftovers.

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