Fire weather watch was issued by the National Weather Service Wednesday morning due to low relative humidity and strong winds. Our outlook is for Friday reaching highs in the mid-60s with lows in the upper-20s. A warm-up will follow through the weekend with highs Sunday reaching into the mid-70s and lows in the low-40s. No precipitation is in the forecast. The Rim Lakes Forest Restoration Project, first titled the Rim Lakes Forest Health Project, was sent out with an opportunity for public comment in late 2007. In September of 2011, a Legal Notice was published announcing the availability of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for review and a 30-day objection period.
Clear skies and warm springtime conditions have enveloped Heber Overgaard this last week. Highs in the low-70s have dominated our days, with lows dipping between the low-30s to the low-40s. The outlook for the end of the weekend shows slightly lower temps on Sunday, with highs in the mid-60s and lows down to the lower-20s Sunday night.
With the freezing days we have had earlier this week — with lows dipping to almost single digits — the warming trend that is with us will continue through this weekend with highs in the mid- to upper-60s and lows just above freezing to the upper-30s.
Fair weather is forecasted for today, Friday, March 16, with highs in the low to mid-60s. But it will turn mostly overcast on Saturday with cooler temperatures. Sunday will progress with an oncoming front that will include a 30-percent chance of rain turning to snow. The precipitation will show an increase in coverage in the mid-afternoon as it rises to a 40-percent chance of snow.
A cold front moved through earlier this week that brought temperatures down to the lower 40s and lows that dipped in the 20s. A warming trend is predicted for this weekend however, with highs reaching into the lower 60s and lows still dipping into the 20s.
The forecasted dip in temperatures Friday where the daytime high is only expected to reach the upper 30s and the nighttime lows will dip into the upper teens, will have a transition over the weekend and end up on Sunday where the daytime highs will reach into the upper 50s and the nighttime lows will be in the mid 30s.
On Saturday, Feb. 18 the Heber Overgaard Chamber of Commerce sponsored an event at the visitor’s center that featured Lewis Tenney giving a talk to a large crowd about the history and background of Heber Overgaard dating back to 1963 with pictures and history that dated back to the 1940s. Almost 50 years ago, Lewis Tenney moved to Heber Overgaard with his wife, Mary, to be close to Mary’s family.
The Hashknife Pony Express, which made its way through Heber Overgaard recently, has been re-created every year for 54 years running. Each of the 26 riders who carry mail on the Hashknife Pony Express takes the official Postman’s Oath carrying U.S. mail. Thirty to 35 horses made the mail ride on Feb. 8 starting in Holbrook and ending in Scottsdale. The route carries them with stops at the Overgaard post office and Heber post office as well others along the route. The Hashknife Pony Express gets their name from the hashknife brand that was originally owned by the Aztec Cattle Company and later transferred to the Babbitt Brothers.
Bobbie Stephens Hunt, our local book writer with stories of the Heber Overgaard area will be doing a book signing and talk of days of yore from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 11 at the Heber Overgaard Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center.
A cooling trend is under way from the lower 50s we experienced this week to the lower 40s for the daytime high this weekend. Night-time temperatures are expected to remain the same, with lows ranging from the upper teens to the lower 20s. No precipitation is expected in the near term. Survey crews continue work east of Overgaard this week for ongoing highway expansion.