Isobar's weather report 2011.09.14

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Michigan’s wettest city.

What a distinction Morenci earned last month, if only for a day.

It was actually a rather odd situation, said local climate observer George Isobar.

“It was odd because they didn’t believe me,” Isobar said.

Isobar, who serves as the National Weather Service climate observer for Morenci, sent his data in the morning of Aug. 24 with the report of 2.95 inches of rain.

The storm had started about 9 p.m. the previous night and periods of very intense rainfall followed after midnight.

“There’s a big aluminum bowl on my back porch—no, that’s not my rain gauge—and I noticed it was full to overflowing,” he said. “I’d never seen that before.”

Isobar’s rain gauge from the weather service has an inner tube that holds two inches of rain and he could see that was full when he looked through the hole in top.

“I emptied it out. Poured the overflow in and there it was. About a month’s worth of rain in seven hours.”

He sent in the data and later had a call from the office in White Lake, asking about the error.

“I explained that it really rained hard and I didn’t doubt the accuracy,” Isobar said. “Later in the day I heard from other people in town who measured similar amounts.”

Three inches of rain in one storm certainly isn’t unheard of, he said. We’ve had more than that many times. The odd thing was that other stations as close as Adrian, Hudson and Blissfield received about an inch or less.

“We just really got dumped on,” Isobar said. “I was told we were the wettest location in the state.”

For the month precipitation ended at 4.35, which is about half an inch above the average. Five thunderstorms passed through during August.

The high temperature for the month was recorded on the first day of August at 92°. The low temperature of 49° was recorded three times, with the earliest on Aug. 22.

“It was a lot cooler than July,” Isobar said. “We only had two days in the 90s and two mornings in the 70s. Generally, it really cooled down nicely at night.”

According to the National Weather Service office in Toledo, the average temperature for the month was 71.7° (compared to 78.8° in July), which is still 0.2° above the long-term average.

SEPTEMBER—“People were thinking that fall was here already last week,” Isobar said. “From the 90s to the 60s overnight.”

Isobar said it’s not uncommon at all to have one final day in the 90s during September and we’ll also have our first fall temperature in the low 40s and maybe the 30s.

“That’s a sure bet,” he said. “You have noticed the darker mornings and earlier evening darkness, haven’t you?”

  • Front.nok Hok
    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
  • Station.2
    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
  • Front.leaves
    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
  • Front.band
    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
  • 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.
  • Front.cowboy
    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016