Monthly Archives: January 2019

All-Consuming Greed

All-Consuming Greed
As with all the news services, it seems the prime topic of discussion has been our weather.  Every day I hear all the more sad stories about the happenings of these past three days, and hopefully after tomorrow, we can start looking for more tolerable days ahead.  I reminded someone just yesterday that in just a little over five months, it'll be … continue reading

More Dangerous than Ignorance

More Dangerous than Ignorance
When thinking back on all the winters I've endured in Mason City, I dare say when seeing the outside temperature being -49 degrees late last night, it was the first time I'd ever personally seen a temperature that low in North Iowa.  There's no question everyone's furnaces were working overtime just to keep their homes warm.  In this weather, one … continue reading

Trade Secret Pilferers

Trade Secret Pilferers
These next 48 hours are definitely going to be wicked with the predicted 28 - 30 below zero these next two nights which is not counting the windchill which is going to be a whole lot lower due the wind speed.  It's been some years since we've seen temps drop this low and stay there, so let's hope it won't happen again for a good number of years.  … continue reading

Another Arctic Vortex

Another Arctic Vortex
It was another bitterly cold day here in North Iowa, and today when discovering we are getting visited by another arctic vortex, it'll make just about everyone want to buy a one-way ticket to a beach on the Mexican Rivera.  When running into another colleague, I mentioned how this type of weather makes me exceptionally nervous and worrisome for al … continue reading

June 01st, 1953

Another -19 degree deep freeze morning arrived, and thank goodness the wind wasn't blowing.  I just noticed on the weather report that we're supposed to have even colder temperatures this week.  Now really, that's crazy because this cold is about a month over-due.  I'm beginning to get all the more concerned over our area's abnormal weather patt … continue reading

Like an Opioid

Like an Opioid
This morning's -19 degrees wasn't the least bit welcome, but there's nothing any of us can do about it other than endure.  While out shoveling, one of the guys that owns a lawn and snow removal service stopped for a chat.  He was in his tease mode when saying he likes this weather more than those 90+ degrees in summer.  I couldn't help but say, … continue reading

Pineapple Chunks

Pineapple Chunks
Last night's wind and cold was quite the experience.  Most of us can certainly attest that once the temps start dropping down to such wicked degrees, our homes start making those creepy noises at night to where you think the cold has awakened them.  Thank goodness the wind went down before the sun came which meant we didn't have to deal with anot … continue reading

Ten Units

Ten Units
I'm still in dis-belief this nasty weather has arrived about a month later than normal and from what I've been hearing, it's going to be cold for a good week or more.  Once again, I'm convinced climate change is very much a reality.As chance would have it, I had several showings today which put me thru my paces of endurance simply because of t … continue reading

A Much Younger Bird

A Much Younger Bird
Thank goodness the sun was shining most of the day which helped to dry off some of our Downtown streets.  I went out to my front sidewalk with broom and shovel in hand and began working at getting it as clean as possible since yesterday morning's sleet. After about a half hour's work, I'd say it's once again presentable.One of my clients stopp … continue reading

Stood Behind

Stood Behind
It was a eye-opener this morning from that super-fine sleet which was coming down and creating road hazards.  Unfortunately I didn't let my car get warmed up before driving off, which caused me all the more work to keep it from freezing on my windshield.  Nevertheless, I found myself driving a whole lot slower just so I didn't happen to slide int … continue reading