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Good Thursday morning to you!

Too much rain. Not enough rain.

Growing up in a rural area of this state, I heard one of these two comments seemingly every day from the local farmers. Never once did I hear, “We have had the perfect amount of rain.”

As much as I enjoyed my rural Iowa upbringing, I grew tired of the rain conversations. I was hoping to get to a place where I didn’t ever have to talk about the weather. At 53 years old, I have finally accepted that it doesn’t exist.

I did enjoy one weather conversation I had with my friend Kevin Kopaska when we were fresh out of college. He said, “There is a 50% chance of rain today. Either it is going to rain, or it isn’t.” With Kevin’s logic, there is a 50% chance of snow, a 50% chance of sunshine, a 50% chance of tornados. You get the idea.

I realize that this simplification of weather forecasting makes some of you cringe. I can imagine the look on Jason Parkin’s face right now. The reality is that our weather is what it is. There isn’t anything we can do about it, except dress appropriately and maybe adjust our schedules accordingly.

Meanwhile, most of us choose to live  in Iowa because of the change of seasons and the range of weather. This truly is a state of four seasons, and that’s just the way I like it.

Yes, yesterday’s wind was annoying. And, yes, 70-degree weather in December is odd. But I am willing to bet that the wet, white stuff will be here soon. After all, I have a 50% chance of being right.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A colder and breezy day is ahead with a high temperature around 30 degrees colder than yesterday. A colder shot of air moves in Saturday, and in general it will feel more like December for the rest of the 7-day forecast.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Thursday, Dec. 16
Jingle in the Junction
At: Valley Junction, along Fifth Street in West Des Moines
Info: More than 125,000 holiday lights and an assortment of fun shopping. www.valleyjunction.com

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FROM KCCI: Major tornado damage confirmed in Jefferson and around Greene County

The Greene County Sheriff confirms widespread tornado damage throughout the county, including major damage on the south side of Jefferson. Sheriff Jack Williams told KCCI a tornado moved through the county Wednesday night from the southwest corner of the county to the northwest corner.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Johnston open air classroom shelter destroyed by high winds

JOHNSTON, Iowa — A recently celebrated outdoor learning environment was no match for mother nature. High winds reaching well over sixty miles per hour crushed the Johnston Outdoor Learning Environment shelther roof.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Live updates | Damage reports roll in, thousands without power across Iowa

The National Weather Service says Wednesday has set a record for the most number of hurricane-force thunderstorm wind gusts in a day. That means they recorded more than 55 wind gusts that blew 75+ miles per hour.. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Thrift Shop
1. Many Hands Thrift Market
2. Goodwill
3. Animal Lifeline Thrift Shop


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Meet Lizzy Salmon: Inspiring children to share in her love of reading

By TK West

Originally from Johnston, Lizzy Salmon attended the University of Iowa where she studied elementary education, reading and English. As a recent graduate in May of 2021, Salmon has entered her first year of teaching at the Winterset Community School District this year. She says she has received great support from her sixth-grade team, the administration, the faculty, and the community she has had a chance to meet.

"Everyone here at WMS is always willing to help each other out, and I have definitely seen that, especially in my own team and in the administration here. It can be difficult being a first-year teacher sometimes, but knowing that I have so many people there to answer any question has been a huge help,” Salmon says.


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For the fifth year in a row, Walmart, Bimbo Bakeries USA and Tyson Foods have joined forces to help end hunger across the United States. The three companies donated 15,000 pounds of food – equating to 12,500 meals – to Food Bank of Iowa through a partnership with Feeding America.

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Theo James, Krysten Ritter, Anna Popplewell, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Otto, J.B. Smoove, Billy Gibbons, David Johnson, Liv Ullmann, William Perry

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Poll of the Week

How many times have you seen "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”?

1 time
2-5 times
6-10 times
11 times or more


How do you prefer your eggnog?

Homemade - 4%
Right out of the carton - 32%
Spiked - 25%
I don’t like eggnog - 39%

Morning Chuckle

What’s the difference between weather and climate?

YOU CAN'T WEATHER A TREE BUT YOU CAN CLIMATE! That one was a stumper though Gail Tomlinson gave it a try.


What kind of bug hates Christmas?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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