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Old 10-17-2016, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Phinney
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Have you thought about OR, ID, or WA?

All that (bonfires, crisp air etc) mild winters and not much humidity or high heat in the summer.
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Old 02-26-2017, 03:27 AM
 
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If it's not winter sports, it's clearing driveways and cars (:
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Old 02-26-2017, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Hey, 2017 was easy in Central Iowa: I've only had to shovel 3 times so far. That's a personal best for me!
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Old 02-26-2017, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Iowa
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Yes Meemur, this winter was very mild for Des Moines and southern Iowa, but Northern Iowa has had plenty of snow like usual. I think Mason City is right on par with what they usually get. In Des Moines we have only had 10 inches of snow spread out over 4 or 5 snowfalls, only a couple inches at a time that melted within a few days. The people that make a living plowing snow are not happy this year. Maybe March will bring a big storm but I kinda doubt it. December brought a cold snap for us and I got to take a walk on the pond in the nicely upgraded Fort Des Moines park off SE 5th. Some guy fell thru the ice there a couple weeks ago. It was a short ice fishing season for sure. January was a horrible month, lots of cloudy days and way more rain than we usually get in any winter month. Had it been a little colder we would have seen 3 feet of snow from all that rain. It rained all day on Christmas and got up into the 50's that day, very strange winter so far.

This past week we broke the record high on 3 or 4 days in a row, 2 of those days were 73 and 75 degree days, second highest temp ever recorded for the month of Feb in Des Moines. Took my first bike ride of the year this past week, 22 miles right out of the gate, felt pretty darn good, lol. Poor Northern Iowa had some flooding too, and Cedar Rapids almost had a leevy breach downtown. They have had storm after storm in NW Iowa this year, not so fun for them.
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Took my first bike ride of the year this past week, 22 miles right out of the gate, felt pretty darn good, lol.
Congrats! That's awesome! I've walked but I haven't been biking in 2017, yet. I'm going to try to get out next weekend. I've got a bad work schedule right now, but I'm trying to get a couple of mornings off.
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Iowa
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Congrats! That's awesome! I've walked but I haven't been biking in 2017, yet. I'm going to try to get out next weekend. I've got a bad work schedule right now, but I'm trying to get a couple of mornings off.
Yeah, it still doesn't feel quite right until the grass starts to green up and the flowers bloom. As pertaining to another thread, all northern cities get kinda gross in the winter with the dead grass and litter blowing around everywhere, people are so lazy in the wintertime about cleaning up their lawns and picking up litter, and the street sweeper trucks don't usually run in the winter. Sometimes I think the further north you go, the worse it gets, I think Barrow Alaska looks like a giant sanitary landfill, lol.

What was also so strange in Dec and Jan, not only did we have a number of warmer rainy days, but we also had a number of very cold days, before Christmas the lakes had a foot of ice, and it was very cold in parts of January with the lowest temperature so far this year of -3 F. We just got lucky that none of that precipitation lined up with any of that cold. I think it was just good luck that we only had one mild ice storm that never knocked out the power lines or caused any damage. Think I might smile a little bit when I get my heating bill for Feb in the mail this week, for how much lower than normal it will be.

We are getting close to the return of Daylight Savings Falcon, I'm getting very excited, just 11 days, 12 hours, and 40 minutes to go.
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Old 02-28-2017, 02:46 PM
 
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This years mild winter is my doing. I bought a new snow shovel and replaced the belt on my snow thrower. I haven't had to use either.
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Old 02-28-2017, 03:03 PM
 
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The last mild winter in Iowa was 2010-2011 I THINK? (could be off a year) It was more warm than cold, very little snow (maybe one real storm), lots of temps in the 50s-to around 60. Lots of time spent outside walking my dogs wearing a light jacket or no coat at all, and even some top down time on the convertible. That spring was the worst/earliest for allergies as there was never a long enough freeze and the bugs were awful for the same reason. I even had a flea infestation in my house, a first for me. (and no fun with multiple dogs and cats)

The winter that followed was the WORST winter I can remember as far as cold, snowsnowsnowsnow and snow, and just the length of it. Hopefully this isn't a pattern that follows for you guys next year!
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