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First Siouxland snowfall gets sledders out, Sioux City

17 Nov

The first measurable snowfall hit Siouxland over the weekend, along with Arctic temperatures. But that didn’t deter youngsters and some parents from getting out and enjoying a little sledding at two popular places in Sioux City, Iowa. Grandview Park, with acceptable and non-acceptable sledding areas as well as Sertoma Park. The first has a small hill that is deemed safe by the city, the latter has a large hill that allows sledders to pick up some speed. And despite one parenting couple who thought their kids would only last 10 minutes in the 7 degree weather Sunday morning, they were surprised they lasted 10 minutes longer. Although the parents were enjoying their hot beverages inside a SUV with the motor and heater running.

A local news agency said warm temps are expected by the end of this week, meaning the Arctic deep freeze will have lasted almost 2 weeks with temperatures below freezing (32 degrees) for both days and nights. Add a little wind chill and the temps overnight were dropping to -8 degrees.

I love to snowshoe in the winter, but not in these temps, when you work to keep moving to stay warm as opposed to being outside enjoying the beauty of the scenery and the quiet of freshly fallen snow. Rather than counting the minutes to get back inside to where you can feel your toes again.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland and Old Man Winter, Sioux City

2 Mar

March is here already in Siouxland with spring just barely 20 days away. And yesterday, more snow. This area of Iowa has not received as much snow as other areas in the state or as much as in the Northeast of the country. Personally, I like snow. The more the better it is to go snowshoeing in parks around the area. But this year, the issue for me isn’t the snow, but the temperature that seems to hover around zero and many times below that. Add in some brisk prairie wind and the wind chill some of these past days easily hit -30. I wished the temperature stayed around 20-30 degrees all winter and snowed all the time. The snow would melt at these temps too. But at least one could get out and “play” a bit without worrying about frostbite.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland “Winterless” Wonderland, Sioux County

5 Feb

The snowfall this year in the Siouxland area has been drastically less than previous years. Local weather prognosticators have indicated it could be a “dry” spring, which is not good for farmers. Yet, by winter standards, it is still early in the season. Driving through Sioux County in the northern end of Siouxland this past week there is little snowfall covering the now harvested fields. Snow helps replenish the moisture in the fields so when spring planting time comes, there is no worry that the plants will not germinate and grow.  A look at a recently released drought monitor map by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture shows that most of Iowa is in an abnormal drought pattern, and that some areas east of Siouxland it borders are actual drought conditions. It is still early in the winter season, and last spring inches of snow fell over the area, while grumbling residents scooped more of it late into the season hoping for an end to the snow. Everyone was keen on the temperature being warm enough so there could be 2-3 inches of rain, rather than 20-30 inches of snow to remove.

While driving along a main road in Sioux County, I also came across an abandoned farm house. The decline of the family farm that sustained so many families while producing food for this country has been immense. Like in other businesses, it was deemed that bigger is better and small family farms could not compete with larger, oft times corporate farms with thousands of acres of farmland to plant and harvest. As technology continues to move forward and more businesses become automated thought occurs as to what jobs will the human race perform to actually make enough to raise a family and feed themselves. Politicians and educators as well as business leaders say people just need to retrain and move forward with technology. But no one seems to no what that technology is and what jobs these people should learn to succeed. At times it appears there will only be service industry work including restaurants and hotels to cater to those who have more wealth, thus continuing what seems to be an ever increasing cycle of haves, and haves not so much. With the latter group of people falling further behind as time moves forward.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Where is Siouxland’s Spring, Woodbury County

25 Mar

During the last couple of days Siouxland has been getting more snow. Not like other parts of the Midwest, or Mid-Atlantic states, but still. Enough already. Spring has officially arrived already. And Winter is supposed to be “done”. The rodent supposedly saw his shadow back in February. You can’t trust anyone anymore.  I like snow. And had it been say 10 inches or a foot, I would have grumbled, but at least I could have gone snow shoeing. Instead, it’s just chilly outside. And with the wind gust, it’s really chilly.

 

I think even the geese are confused. They are still flying, but which direction? North for the warmer weather, or south because Winter has not finished? I did some some robins the other day. A brother of mine out East said he saw some there a week ago. And thought maybe they got buried under the snow out there. I am guessing they found a nice pub and are hanging out until they can frolic in the sunshine. The weather people are predicting temperatures in the 50’s by the end of this week, and I’m rooting for them. Of course, I always root for the underdog.

 

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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