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Snow in Siouxland, Sioux City

4 Nov
A squirrel pauses while eating at a backyard feeder in a home in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday Oct. 25, 2020 as local weather prognosticators said could expect anywhere from 2 inches up to 7 inches depending on location. Early, even by Iowa standards. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Winter has arrived early in Siouxland. Even though officially it’s a couple months away. The 4-5 inches of snow that fell clearly refutes anyone’s attempt that it’s not here.

Farmers in Iowa and neighboring states are still harvesting their crops. Halloween for some will be cold in addition to the already stressful thought of safely Trick or Treating during a pandemic. The cold and snow is just a reminder or foreshadowing of what’s to come and if it will make this winter’s season feel longer than normal.

I’m always hopeful for maybe a few more fall days, with temperatures in the 50’s and overnight lows no colder than the 30’s.

Hope springs eternal. But at this point, spring seems a far, far distant point on the horizon.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Two house sparrows eat a meal at a backyard feeder in a home in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday Oct. 25, 2020 as local weather prognosticators said people could expect anywhere from 2 inches up to 7 inches depending on location. Early, even by Iowa standards. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Winter has Arrived in Siouxland, rural Woodbury County

27 Oct
Only a mailbox is visible along a Woodbury County road shrouded in falling snow outside of Sioux City, Iowa Sunday Oct. 25, 2020 as local weather prognosticators said Siouxland, or western Iowa, eastern Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota could expect anywhere from 2 inches up to 7 inches depending on location. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Winter began, officially or not in Siouxland, late the other evening and continued snowing most of the day as visibility was mostly nil driving in the countryside. Some days are made to stay put and read a book, make another pot of coffee and enjoy a curled up cat.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland snowfall means winter is coming

9 Dec

This past weekend a little snow fell in the Siouxland area, maybe 1-3 inches depending on which local TV news channel weather person you listened to. It was surprising that snow fell at all, with recent temperatures hovering around 5 degrees above zero, and mostly recording at 20 degrees below zero with the wind chill factored in. Siouxland received little snow as compared to what could be seen on the sports’ channels over the weekend at pro football teams played through the “haze” of falling snow. Some places received 8 inches.

But the light snow fall means winter is on its way, although the cold temps and light snow fall surely are two good indicators. This weekend’s snow wasn’t the first for the season, but it was measurably more around Sioux City than the last snow fall, which then fell more heavily farther north and east. Well, it will be a white Christmas anyway.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland Weather, Woodbury County

26 Jan

I have lived and worked in five different states. And in each state there is always the same but different variation to the statement, “The weather? Just wait a minute and it will change,” becomes something different than it was previously. But somehow that simple statement seems like it is becoming more prominent in recent years with extreme weather swings. And it depends on what you want to personally believe and which websites online one reads or searches out. I always found that by reading various sites pro and con, the truth, or what information there is lays somewhere in between. This January here in Northwest Iowa, or Siouxland, the days have been nice, almost hitting 40 degrees, and brutal, hitting zero or single and double digit temperatures. The wind chill makes the temperature hit minus zero degrees. Recently I went out to photograph one afternoon when the weather was nice, sunny and warm, but changing. The following morning it snowed. Not tremendously, but the landscaped changed and the temperatures dropped, and then the wind picked up and the brutal cold revisited the area.

It seems people’s views will always be open to speculation  about the temperature. But in the moment, whenever that moment occurs, the weather is what it is. Enjoy it not, just wait, and it will change. And depending on one’s individual take, for the better or the worse.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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