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STEVE'S "WILD" WORLD OF WEATHER...
When I'm wondering about weather folklore and historical events this is the man I go to. With more than 50 years of statistical and observational research, he's the dude! When it comes to lunar cycles, woolly bear caterpillars, insects, bugs, and animals, he tracks them, records them, and establishes ties to weather patterns. He's a knowledgeable and interesting man. His name is Steve Gottschalk by way of Lowden, Iowa. I'm grateful to him for lending his unique perspective to the site. Steve's "wild" world of weather can be found every week right
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THE ICE AND SNOW STORM OF DECEMBER 3-5, 1924
A powerful winter storm swept across the state from Dec. 3-5, 1924 bringing heavy precipitation in the form of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. In the s.e. portions of the state it was rain with heavy snows of up to a foot reported in the n.w. sections.
The heavy ice accumulations occurred in a band from Mills and Monona counties northeast to Dubuque and Winnebago counties. The band of heaviest ice accumulations was in a swath 2 counties wide from Pottawattamie and Harrison counties up to Delaware and Fayette counties. In some of these areas the tree branches and wires received a coating of ice up to 2" thick resulting in an unprecedented number of telephone poles snapped off. severe damage was also delivered to fruit and shade trees amounting to the total destruction of many.
A complete survey estimated some 27.000 telephone poles were ruined with over 200,000 miles of single telephone wires that were put out of service. It took over 1,000 men to repair the damage done to the telephone systems at a cost of over $750,000. Many of the telephone lines were still badly crippled at the end of the month. In Black Hawk county alone over 5,000 poles were down and several other counties reported more than 2,000 poles down.
The damage to fruit trees ranged from slight in some areas to as high as 42% in others.
THE OLD CHEROKEE'S SNOWFALL FORMULA:
Using the Old Cherokee's (Jerry Carr) snowfall formula, which I think is the most accurate, we should have a total of 29 snowfalls this season. We have had 4 "cat tracking" (0.25" or more) snowfalls here so far leaving a total of 25 more.
A SNOWY DECEMBER OR NOT?
I have done a little research using the last 30 years worth of snowfall data and have found that when we receive measurable snow on Dec.1st there is a 70% chance that we will have normal to above normal snowfall during the month. We had 0.2" here on the 1st.
DECEMBER'S LUNAR WEATHER FORECAST:
Doing my various calculations I think this is what the weather will be like on these dates in December.
4th - variable temps. and windy.
6th - windy and warmer.
12-13th - colder, rain/snow and windy.
18th - variable temps., rain/snow and windy.
20th - variable temps. and windy.
26th - variable temps., rain/snow and windy.
Some other minor dates to watch for some unsettled weather - 8th, 10th, 28th and 31st. As usual I asked for a 24 hour leeway with the dates. For those of you that keep track of my predictions, I was correct with my precipitation forecast -92% of the time, wind - 83% of the time and temps. - 70% of the time for the month of November.
If you enjoy reading my blogs you may want to check out my column Let's Talk Weather in Our Iowa magazine. It has weather folklore and weather history.
That's all for now. On the "wild" side of weather, I'm Steve Gottschalk
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