Isobar's weather review 2011.05.11

Written by David Green.


The long wait for spring might be over. Warmer days are here.

Actually they’re here again, says Morenci’s National Weather Service observer George Isobar. He’s remembering when springtime weather got an early start in April, then mostly disappeared through a cool and rainy ending to the month.

“It’s been the same thing in May,” he said. “One day in the 70s, then down into the 50s for two days. Three days in the 60s, then finally back to 70° on Saturday and Sunday.

“I think we’re there now,” he said. “At least for a few days.”

It was way back on April 10 when the mercury hit 83° for an early tease of warm weather. That was the only reading in the 80s all month, and the warmth soon faded away. After that there were eight days that never got out of the 50s and—crueler yet—there were three days that remained in the 40° range.

“Time to crack open the poetry book and look for T.S. Elliot,” Isobar said. “It’s from his classic ‘The Waste Land.’”

“April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.”

Ah, the perfect lead to other story from April: endless rain.

Actually, Isobar said, rain fell only on half the days of April, but there was a lot of it. The total measured in Morenci was 6.88 inches, with the heaviest shower falling April 27 and dumping 2.16 inches.

“There are always a lot of spring showers,” Isobar said, “but that’s our wettest April since the current record-keeping started in 1975.”

Total precipitation came in about three inches more than the average.

Five thunderstorms were recorded during the month, a little high for April.

There was also a little snow observed April 18 and 19. That’s not uncommon for April, Isobar noted, especially not when it’s just an unmeasurable trace as on the 18th. But next day actually turned the ground white for a while with about three-tenths falling.


“It really seems as though it should be warmer than this,” Isobar said, “but maybe  I’m having faulty memories. After checking the normal temps for this time of year for Toledo, I see that the daily normal high remains in the 60s until May 13. There’s a slow, steady increase until it reaches 76 on May 31.”

The forecast calls for that to be exceeded over the next few days with predicted highs at or above 80° through Friday, but May might serve up a little cruelty of its own next week as temperatures drop back into the 60s.

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