A little rain must fall... 2012.06.20

Written by David Green.

The last time a good rain fell in this area was way back on May 6—at least until Monday afternoon. A thunderstorm dumped .65 of an inch of much-needed rain.

“We’d been getting a few small installments over the past few weeks, but we were still running way behind,” said George Isobar, who keeps Morenci climate data for the National Weather Service. “I was beginning to think back to June of 1988.”

In 1988, only half an inch of rain fell during June after a decent, but below-average May rainfall. Finally, things evened out in July with more than five inches recorded.

“Things were starting to look a little worse this time around because only 1.41 inches fell in May and 1.15 in April,” Isobar said. “Before Monday’s thunderstorm, we had only .36 of an inch for the first 17 days of June. Now we’re up to an inch.”

That’s not likely enough to turn lawns green again, but it’s an important rainfall for farmers.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in 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.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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