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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 looks at May weather 2012.06.06

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

You don’t need a weatherman to know how dry it was last month, but George Isobar is going to tell you anyway.

He’s going to tell you it was one of the driest months of May on record.

“From the local records I have since 1975, only 1994 was drier,” he said.

The official report lists precipitation as 1.74 inches, but that includes 0.62 that fell on the final day of April and was included in May.

“Actually, we had 1.77 in April and 1.12 in May,” he said. “The National Weather Service office in Toledo reports that precipitation for the year is down two inches.”

May was about 2.8 inches below normal. 

There were three thunderstorms recorded last month and one storm with hail, although the hail wasn’t associated with severe weather.

“We escaped severe weather for another spring,” Isobar said.

Although April’s temperature was close to normal after the astoundingly warm March, May was back on the rise. The average for the month came out 5.1° above normal.

“The most unusually warm day came May 3 when the high was 89° and the night time temperature stayed in the 60s,” Isobar said. “The daily average was 19° warmer than normal. There were only five days that finished below normal.”

The high for the month—96° on May 28—was the highest temperature ever recorded during May in Toledo’s years of record-keeping. Three daily record highs were recorded last month in Toledo, making a total of 10 so far this year.

Last May was the warmest since 1998 and the ninth warmest on record.

The low of 37° was recorded on the morning of May 10.

“It was dry and it was warm, but that’s about all there is to talk about for May,” Isobar said. “It was just a nice month, weatherwise. Placid and nothing too unusual.”

JUNE—We’re often looking for our first hot days in the 90s at this time of year, Isobar said, but that’s old news now. Maybe it will have to top 100 to get our attention.

“It certainly should be raining more,” he said, “but the forecast for the week isn’t showing any of that. Things better turn around soon or I’ll be back in a month talking about how it’s one of the driest Junes on record.”

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