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Summer in Siouxland, Rural Cherokee County

3 Aug

During most of the summer in Siouxland the weather like in other places is swinging widely between normal and extreme. Early spring was very cold, then wet, then extremely hot for June and cool again with temperatures pushing somewhat back to normal, which for later summer is normally hot and humid. But the weather extremes can make compelling images, or at least interesting. As I have gotten older my desire to get out into the extremes grows less intense and so during the winter, I will have my second cup of coffee and remark how cold it is out. During summer during a heat, I am glad for the technology of air conditioning. But after attending a Fourth of July Festival parade in Storm Lake, I saw some weather on my way back home and thought, why not.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Storm clouds overhead in rural Cherokee County, Iowa Wednesday July 4, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Passing storms in Siouxland

20 Jul

Recently the Siouxland area has had a number of summertime storms passing through. Some rain, some thunderstorms. It is to be expected this time of year. Some happen overnight. You wake up when the flashing is bright and comes into your windows. Sometimes I hear the thunder and sometimes I don’t. When the lightning is especially bright, it gets your attention, even if you are sleeping.

I was out driving the other day and was looking for some storm-like photos, having seen reports that storms had passed the immediate area by, but found that not to be the case. When photographing some clouds with the sun behind them, I could hear distant rumbling. Like the stories of yore when the gods are talking to one another and Thor is banging his hammer. As I continued to drive, it started to rain. Not heavy, not until I made it back to Sioux City. And when it begins raining hard, I don’t tend to shoot photos anymore, unless I am someplace under cover. When working for newspapers, yes, it was expected. But now, writing for my blog, I like to keep my gear dry.And my smaller Fuji mirroless gear is not as protected weather-wise as my Canon stuff.

No lightning while I was driving back. And as I get older, maybe I should be out shooting at night trying to capture the lightning, but at 1 or 2 a.m., I tend to roll over and go back to sleep.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A Passing Siouxland Winter Storm, Woodbury County

21 Jan

Yesterday, Monday, another winter storm blew into the Siouxland area. On Sunday the temperature was above 60 degrees. By Monday evening it was around -9 degrees. Quite a plummet. I didn’t get out early enough to photograph the transition between the start of the day with white clouds and blue sky into the grey blowing storm that came into the area. At least though, there was only a dusting of snow in the area. No scooping or plowing or being stuck inside, although with the wind gusts and plummeting temperature, it was a better place to be.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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