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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Isobar look at January weather 2012.02.08

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

With January gone and a week into February, we’ve somehow survived what many forecasters were calling a brutal winter.

Cold temperatures, deep snow, plenty of misery.

A headline-grabbing forecaster from snowday.com predicted cities would be buried with snow. Another from Accuweather said people of Chicago would want to move after this winter.

“I think the only ones who want to move,” said George Isobar, the Morenci climate observer for the National Weather Service, “are those with snowmobiles and skis who are looking for some good winter weather.”

January finished up 4.7° warmer than average and snowfall, at 6.5 inches, came in a little on the light side.

“We’ve had many Januarys with less snow,” Isobar said. “Last month’s just stands out in contrast to the big predictions. Our average is about nine inches.”

The ground was covered with snow on only nine days last month—the deepest just three inches—which is a little unusual.

“Many years if we get two or three inches, it’s going to stick around a while, but we never had ground cover more than four days in a row,” Isobar said. “It just kept warming up too much.”

Total precipitation finished at 2.4 inches, about a quarter inch above average.

“We even had a couple of thunderstorms last month,” Isobar said. “We had a little freezing rain only on Jan. 13.”

January finished with only three days in single-digit temperatures, with a low of zero. On the other end of the scale, there were three days in the 50s, with a high of 55°, and 13 days with a high in the 40s. 

“There were just four nights where the temperature stayed at or above freezing,” Isobar said, “so we still had plenty of cold.”

It looks like more of the same, Isobar said.

“We’re on a roll right now with 15 consecutive days above average,” he said. “For the next week, the current forecast calls for most days to rise above freezing. It’s not going to be warm, but it certainly won’t be as cold as it often is this time of year.”

The final day of January proved to be the most above average at 24° higher than normal. The high temperature for the month was recorded that day at 55°. The low temperature of 0° recorded Jan. 20 came on the coldest day—16° below the average.

“We didn’t come even close to a record,” Isobar said. “The high of 71° was set in 1890 and matched in 1950. The low of -20° came in 1984.”

FEBRUARY—As Isobar mentioned earlier, there’s no “real winter” on the horizon. 

“We’ve had a half dozen or so Februarys in the last 30-odd years with snowfall measuring above 10 inches, and that could potentially come in one big storm,” Isobar said.

“So even though there’s only light snow in the forecast through the middle of the month, we still have half the month remaining to turn wintry.”

Or, on the other hand, perhaps this most horrible of winters will continue in shades of green and brown without much of the white.

“I’m hearing reports of trees budding and flowers poking up,” Isobar said. “It feels a lot more like March than February.”

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