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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Isobar looks at October weather 2012.11.14

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

A month of pleasant weather ended on the chilly side last week as October gave way to November. Despite one last blast of warm weather, the month ended below average in temperature and also below average in rainfall.

“The National Weather Service office in Toledo listed the monthly temperature at 0.7° below average,” said Morenci climate observer George Isobar. There were some warm extremes and some chilly extremes, but overall it was just a pretty nice month.”

The high of 79° was recorded Oct. 24 during a four-day stretch with temperatures in the 70s. 

“It stayed mild overnight, also, and gave daily averages of 15, 19 and 17 degrees above normal,” Isobar said. “It was nearly 60° two mornings in a row when I went out to collect data. That’s really unusual for Oct. 23 and 24.”

The coldest weather came much earlier in the month. The mercury dropped to 28° on the morning of Oct. 8 during a string of nine days that were all below average.

“There were a dozen morning lows in the 20s and 30s,” Isobar said. “On the other hand, there was a total of seven days in the 70s.”

Precipitation finished about a third of an inch below normal and was spread out among a lot of smaller storms.

“The biggest rain was only 64 hundredths of an inch,” Isobar said, “and that fell during one of the three thunderstorms last month.”

Isobar didn’t report any snowfall, but there was some sleet on the final day of the month.

NOVEMBER—”We’re still waiting for the first snowfall,” Isobar said. “Well, some people aren’t waiting, they’re dreading it.

“We’ve averaged a couple inches of snow in November over the last three decades, with a high of 6.6 inches.”

But on the other hand, he said, it ground often stays green.

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