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Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023
Good morning to you!

“I am dreaming of a green Christmas.” “Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain.”

Nobody in Iowa sings those songs this time of year. And for good reason. Christmas is supposed to have snow. At least that’s what I remember. But does my memory serve me correctly?

Weather.gov shared some interesting Christmas weather facts for Des Moines that set the record straight.

Let’s start with the number of Christmas Days that actually had snow. Out of the 133 years with measurable snowfall in Des Moines since 1884, only 26 had snowfall on Christmas Day. That’s not even 20%. Granted, I spent the first 21 years of my life north of Highway 20 where snow falls more, but still. Twenty percent. That’s it.

The same data shows 58 Christmas Days out of 133 years had “a trace” of snow or more fall in Des Moines since 1884, which is 44%. That’s better, but hardly a winter wonderland.

There have been 56 Christmas Days out of 124 years that have had an inch or more
of snow depth on the ground in Des Moines since 1893. That’s 45%.

Slice and dice those numbers any way you want, but not even half of our Christmas Days in Des Moines have had any real snow. Frosty would frown.

Some years, we did have snowfall on Christmas, though. Lots of it, in fact. The snowiest Christmas Day in Des Moines since 1884 was in 1909 with 4.1 inches dropping. Other years with an inch or more, in snowfall order, were 1895, 2009, 1899, 1886, 1957, 1962, 1941 and 1884.

How about the deepest snow cover? Des Moines had 17 inches on the ground in 1961. Yikes. The year 1909 had 13 inches. In more recent years, 2000 saw 9 inches, 2009 had 8 inches, 2008 had 7 inches, and 2010 had 6 inches, as did 2012.

And 2023? Zero. Zip. Zilch. A green Christmas, soaked with rain. I could smell those wet, muddy reindeer from blocks away. But I still set some reindeer food out for them and a few cookies for Santa. I hope you did, too.

Happy holidays, and thanks for reading.

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

See Shane Goodman's previous columns here.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The polls have closed and a record number of readers have cast their votes in the latest CITYVIEW'S Best Of Des Moines readers' poll — the metro's original and largest poll of its kind.
Winners will be announced in the February 2024 issue of CITYVIEW!

Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Light snow is possible off and on this afternoon into Wednesday morning. Soil and pavement temps above freezing will limit its impact to not much. The rest of the week into Saturday looks chillier, but still highs will be above average for this time of year.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

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2023 winners - people and things that made Des Moines better

Scott and Whitney Selix and Zach Dunbar. The Lua owners expanded to open Either/Or, an elevated sports bar with a great kitchen and best ever playground in Des Moines. They also brought out Climbing Kites, the best tasting version yet of THC and CBD infused soda.

Greg Abel. The Des Moines man currently in charge of all Berkshire Hathaway's non insurance business, is now Warren Buffet's hand-picked successor. He was the subject of a major piece in Wall Street Journal last Friday. And he continues to live in Des Moines.

The Chamberlain Pub. Housed in Jacobean splendor in an historical building, the Chamberlain is the most venerable place in town to have cocktails and listen to top live pianists. They also have several bed & breakfast rentals that are fabulous deals compared to local hotels.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Iowa couple shares secret to more than 7 decades of marriage

DES MOINES, Iowa — Dozens of people came together to celebrate Archie Hindal's 98th birthday in Des Moines, but it turned out to be a celebration of love with a sweet surprise. Representatives with the Worldwide Marriage Encounter presented Archie and Betty a certificate for being the winner of this year's Longest Married couples project. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Remembering the influential people who died in 2023

(AP) – Yevgeny Prigozhin rose from being an ex-con and hot dog vendor to winning lucrative Kremlin contracts and heading a formidable mercenary army. But it all came to a sudden end when the private plane carrying him and others mysteriously exploded over Russia..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: First responders explain the purpose they find in working the holidays

"It doesn't matter if it's a holiday, a weekend, weekday, whatever it is, stuff happens," Altoona Fire Department medic Chris Monley said. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

1985: World-renowned primatologist Dian Fossey is found murdered in Rwanda: On December 26, 1985, primatologist and conservationist Dr. Dian Fossey is found murdered in her cabin at Karisoke, a research site in the mountains of Rwanda. It is widely believed that she was killed in connection with her lifelong crusade against poaching.
From the Iowa Living magazines

Tindle garage is the place to be
Elaborate décor features car parts, motorcycle and repurposed items.

By Rich Wicks

Justin Tindle of Winterset has a really cool garage. Seriously cool. And getting bigger.
Tindle has years of experience working on cars and taking them apart.

“On my original garage remodel, I chopped a 1957 Buick Super Sedan that I purchased from Hartman Auction this year. Now, the front and back of the car hang on the main feature wall,” he says. “Both garages are wired so all my cars, motorcycle, street lights and gas station lights turn on together with a light switch.”

The building was the old Starlight Café, Tindle says.

Read more in the December Winterset Living magazine.

Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday Jason Wiegert!

These celebrities were born on this date: Drummer Lars Ulrich, Actor Jared Leto, Actor Beth Behrs, Actor Kit Harington, Actress Eden Sher, TV Host John Walsh, Humorist David Sedaris, Singer Chris Daughtry, Rapper Prodigy

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Where do double agents shop for groceries? TRAITOR JOE'S! - Carolyn Rogers. SPY-VEE or DOUBLE O SEVEN ELEVEN! - Kris Hoover.

Today's riddle

What do you call the owner who won't sell her tavern?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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