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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Isobar looks at April weather 2012.05.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

If it weren’t for the rain on the final day of the month, there wouldn’t have been much in the way of April Showers at all.

“Rainfall was below average last month,” said Morenci climate observer George Isobar, “but if we hadn’t gotten .62 inches on April 30, it would have been way, way below.”

Precipitation for the month finished off at 1.98 inches, far below the average of 3.6 inches.

“We never really had a big rain all month,” Isobar said. “We only had a quarter inch through the first half of the month and never even crossed the inch mark until April 25.”

There was a little snow that fell, just like rural Morenci resident George Hollstein predicted. It never fails, he said. There are always a few flakes after he returns to Michigan from Florida, he said, and this year was no exception.

This year it didn’t seem so likely after the extra warm March, but the spring weather disappeared and the temperature never made it out of the 60s until April 15 with the month’s high of 81°.

Even that didn’t last long. It was back in the 60s the next day and soon down into the 50s. If that wasn’t unspring-like enough, the high temperature on April 28 was only 45°.

“One day in the 80s, two days in the 70s—everything else colder,” Isobar said. 

The coolest temperature came late in the month when the mercury sank to 27° on the 27th.

“What really surprised me was that the chilly April wasn’t really that unusual at all,” Isobar said. “I guess it was the warm March that threw me off, but the National Weather Service office at Toledo Express Airport  shows the departure from normal at one-tenth of a degree above normal. I was expecting to see a number below average.”

A trace of snow fell April 10 and only one thunderstorm was recorded, on the final day of the month.

MAY—“It looks like we were spoiled with that 89° day last week,” Isobar said. “Who knows—that might turn out to be the high temperature for the month.”

There’s nothing in the forecast for temperatures in the 80s for the next weeks, and by then the month will be half over already.

The big question is how the rainfall will turn out. About 1.2 inches has fallen in the last week. Is that a sign of what’s to come or will we go back to dodging storms like we did in April?

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