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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 June weather 2012.07.04

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Storms to the north, storms to the south. Even an occasional storm rolling diagonally to the east.

For people in this area, there was always the frustration of watching the distant dark clouds and knowing someone else was getting a shower.

On June 17, for example, 1.48 inches fell in Toledo and even more in some locations. In Morenci, a mere 0.17 of an inch fell.

At least that’s the way it was until Sunday afternoon when a thunderstorm moved in and left seven tenths of an inch of rain—the heaviest precipitation since the middle of the last dry month.

 “So we had 1.12 inches in May and only 1.36 in June,” said George Isobar, Morenci climate observer with the National Weather Service. “Those two months alone put us behind about five inches. We have had only a couple good soakers in 55 days.”

One good thing about Sunday’s storm, he said, is that it didn’t come close to matching the severe thunderstorm warnings.

“There were storm cells heading this way that were said to be capable of hail up to two inches in diameter and winds reaching 60 miles an hour,” he said. “We had a little pea-size hail when the storm started around 5 p.m., but we escaped the damaging stuff. It was just a good, steady rain with a brisk wind that caused no major damage.”

Isobar said Sunday’s rain greened up the weeds in his yard rather well, but the surrounding grass is still yellow.

The U.S. Drought Monitor services were showing moderate dryness in this area last week, with severe dryness not too far away in western Williams County.

Thirty-six percent of Ohio was listed last week as experiencing at least moderate drought. The figure rises to 87 percent in Indiana. Sixty-eight percent of the Hoosier state was listed as suffering from severe drought or worse, and 23 percent as extreme drought.

Dryness is only half the story, Isobar said. There’s also the heat.

“We had 12 days at or above 90°, which made me surprised to see that the monthly average was only 1.6° above normal,” he said. “That’s because we’ve been fortunate to have a lot of cool nights.”

There were seven nights where the temperature dipped into the 40s and another 12 in the 50s. If you made it through the day, he said, a good window fan cooled things off most nights. On the other hand, there were also seven mornings when Isobar checked his thermometers and the temperature was already in the 70s.

“I got a reading from June 28 that I never expected to see—106°,” he said. “A temperature that high makes me wonder about my equipment, but I have an older thermometer also in the weather shelter and that one read 107°.”

He told that story to his contact person at the National Weather Service office who didn’t doubt Morenci’s hot times. That same day it was 106° in Fort Wayne, 104° at the station south of Goshen, 105° at Lima and 107° at Defiance.

“I’d forgotten that we had a 103° day last July,” Isobar said, “and I was wondering if 106 might be a record here.”

It was no record, he discovered. Just  return to the great heat wave of 1936 when 109° was recorded on two dates in July, plus a 108 and a 107. There were seven days at 103 and above.

This year’s extra hot day set a daily record at the National Weather Service office in Toledo. A new record of 103° beat 101°—set in 1936.

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