Waiting for a White Christmas


Hartman Reserve, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Not every Christmas is white. Even in northern Iowa the odds for a white Christmas are about 6 years out of every 10. It seems like the odds should be higher. So far, this year has provided many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors without snow and ice. Of course, skiers, snowmobilers, and snow enthusiasts in general have been disappointed - at least in our part of Iowa. However the south through east central and the northwest have had heavy snow already. Some spots in southern Iowa endured up to 17 inches in one storm. We have had 1 inch. But that is life in the Upper Midwest. At some point it will snow. It’s all part of how nature works in the middle latitudes. It’s a bit chaotic but part of the fun of watching the weather is the endless variety we experience. Take time to enjoy watching your weather. Notice the clouds and if you own a rain gauge, thermometer, or barometer read them regularly. Use the links on this website to learn more. It is truly an interesting hobby and there is always something new to learn.

The above photo was taken on Sunday, December 16th. It was a nice day for a walk in Hartman Reserve, Cedar Falls. The only snow and ice was on the frozen creek.