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Spring Thunderstorms in Siouxland, Rural Monona County

26 Apr

This past weekend I was out shooting photos with a friend who wanted to check out some water near Onawa, Iowa, and we took a circuitous route down to the Lewis and Clark State Park. It was a nice day, until it wasn’t. Having picked up a sandwich for a late lunch we headed over to lake at the park to sit and each and do a little more exploring. All the while the sky was growing darker. My friend didn’t mind that, and as the light got darker and the wind picked up a bit the sky became more dramatic. We were shooting photos from a viewing loft near the park’s visitor center when my friend decided that maybe we should consider packing it in as it began raining harder. We walked rapidly to her car and made it just in time as the hail started. It was an intense 10-15 minutes but luckily her car didn’t receive any dents, although parking under trees help a bit.

When out shooting, one should always be conscious of what is going on around you especially during a severe thunderstorm watch. That afternoon will generate a few good stories, but I don’t want to repeat the episode any time soon.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa


Siouxland rain and thunder show

30 Jun

Today it again rained like crazy with tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings in the Siouxland area of Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa. I haven’t heard the official or even an unofficial report of fallen rain, but it poured most of the morning so 4-5 inches would be a conservative guess. I came across four gentlemen seeking shelter from the storm, as it were, literally, under the awning of a Hy Vee food store gas station. The four are members of the Illinois Chapter of the Rolling Thunder, a club created to remember those military members who are MIA or missing in action. This is the description of the club on its website: “Incorporated in 1995, Rolling ThunderÒ, Inc. is a class 501(c) (4) non-profit organization with over 90 chartered chapters throughout the United States and members abroad. While many members of Rolling Thunder®, Inc. are veterans and many ride motorcycles, neither qualification is a prerequisite. Rolling Thunder®, Inc. members are old and young, men and women, veterans and non-veterans. All are united in the cause to bring full accountability for the Prisoners Of War-Missing In Action (POW/MIA) of all wars, reminding the government, the media and the public by our watchwords: “We Will Not Forget.”

As I walked over to ask their permission to photograph them, it began pouring rain, and I took four photographs before running back to my own vehicle for shelter. I don’t know if these guys found a place to hold up for a while, but it is almost four hours later and it is still raining off and on. Up until 12 noon, thunder was reverberating all around and water running down the streets. I am sure they will find a safe journey to wherever they are going. I didn’t take the time to ask as I was drenched by the time I got back to my vehicle. But they and others help remind us of the cost of this country pursuing certain paths that may or may not prove fruitful to the country as a whole. A political discussion I sometimes have with friends. Albeit, my friends are polite, and we discuss, rather than accuse or yell at one another and the impasse of what has become our acting government. And I don’t think there are enough blogs, bloggers or other means of communication that will ever be able to complete that discussion. But hopefully as these gentlemen remind us, there are continuing discussions that need to be ongoing. Safe journey.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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Siouxland evening sky, Sioux City

27 Apr

Spring has finally arrived in Siouxland, even if it is a little later than normal. This weekend thunderstorms and some tornadoes are appearing throughout various states in the Midwest. Sunday Sioux City was spared storms that hit other areas, but it also meant this area didn’t get much rain either, something it really needs as well. But as storm clouds pass in and out of the area and the day grows dim, one doesn’t always see spectacular evening skies, but they can still be pleasant nonetheless.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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