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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's weather review 2013.02.06

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

What do you remember most about January's weather—all those days in the 50s or all those days in the single digits? Or both of them—the way it changed from warm to cold to warm to cold?

"There's nothing unusual about a January thaw," said George Isobar, who collects weather data in Morenci for the National Weather Service, "but two January thaws is a little odd. We started the month off with single-digit temperatures, then they came back starting Jan. 21. Now they're here once more in early February—all sandwiched around some really mild days."

The high of 63° on Jan. 30 broke an old record set in Toledo. Actually it smashed the old record. The previous high temperature for that day of 56° was set way back in 1880.

Sixty degrees was recorded on the 12th in Morenci, also, plus there were two days in the 50s and three in the upper 40s. Despite the really cold days to balance things out, the mean temperature for the month figured out at 2.5° above average.

There were six single-digit mornings, including two with 0° readings. Twenty-seven mornings started off below freezing.

Precipitation ended about an inch above normal at 3.02 inches, but it wasn't snow that made much of a difference.

"We had only 2.3 inches fall for the month," Isobar said. "There were four inches on the ground the first few days of the month, but all of that fell in December."

The biggest snowfall—1.1 inches—fell on the 25th, but it didn't last long with 1.2 inches of rain falling in the next few days. The long-term average snowfall for January is about nine inches.

If it's not the temperature swings you remember about January, maybe it's the wind, Isobar suggested. The average windspeed measured in Toledo was nearly 10 miles an hour for the month and there were gusts above 20 on every day but four. The strongest gust measured came Jan. 20 with 56 miles an hour. The final two days of the month brought gusts in the 40s.

Freezing rain and ice pellets fell on Jan. 27 and 28, canceling school throughout the region.

FEBRUARY—"It really felt like winter on the weekend," Isobar said. Snow all day Saturday, a wind chill in single-digits by evening, then snow continuing into Sunday.

Some years February finishes as the snowiest month of the year, he said. In 1982, for example, 16.6 inches fell in February and 1988 had 15.7. There was more than 16 inches in 1994 and 10.5 as recent as 2007.

"We certainly have a good start toward this month becoming the snowiest of this season," Isobar said. "Then again, it wouldn't take much to achieve that status. And who knows, maybe the February thaw is on the horizon."

How is this for a what’s-coming-up report? Judy Whaley spotted half a dozen robins Saturday at her rural Fayette home on County Road N.

“Let’s assume those are travelers,” Isobar said, “and not the ones that hang out in the woods all winter.”

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