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Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Good morning to you!

With the severe weather lately, I was thinking about how we make ourselves aware of dangerous situations today and how that process has changed.

Many of us rely on the emergency siren alerts, which, for the most part, continue to be a reliable source. Of course, most all of us have read or heard about rare situations when the sirens did not go off, and a town was leveled by a tornado.

With the prevalence of cell phones today, a growing number of people rely on text message alerts for severe weather updates. This allows for more detailed information to be sent to mass groups of people quickly, assuming cell phone towers are not knocked out.

Some rely on social media, which experts say can be ineffective in delivering warnings due to the lack of reliable management or any vetting of what gets posted, resulting in incomplete, inaccurate or outdated information being shared.

The New York Times published an informative article entitled “Tornado Sirens, an Old Technology, Still Play a Vital Role” in 2016. In it, the reporter interviewed Logan Shelts, who, at the time, was the lead moderator of Air Raid Sirens, an online forum of educators and enthusiasts. Shelts said tornado sirens were an outgrowth of the Cold War and were installed to alert communities in case of a nuclear attack or an air raid.

Sirens were apparently first used to warn about tornadoes in 1970, but they were rarely set off to avoid panic. Today, sirens seem to have the opposite effect, with residents often ignoring them, assuming another “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” situation. According to the Times article, a ban on tornado warnings was in place from 1887 to 1938 because researchers believed using them would promote panic. The use of the word “tornado” in forecasts was even discouraged until 1950, when the Weather Bureau officially changed its policy. Today, weather forecasters seem to use words like “disastrous,” “dangerous” and “deadly” in seemingly every sentence. As a result, I fear we are falling even deeper into the “cry wolf” syndrome.

Meanwhile, experts in the Times article say sirens are “still important in out-of-the-way places such as golf courses, lakes and hiking trails, where cellphone service might be spotty or nonexistent.” As important as these sirens are, they should not be our sole source for severe weather alerts. Neither should text alerts. Or TV weather reports. And certainly not social media. The answer is all of the above and, most importantly, some common sense.

Have a watchful Wednesday, 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.


Clear Mortgage meteorology

Today and Thursday will be quieter days with sunshine and temperatures in the 70s for daytime highs. However, rain and storm chances will return by Friday and Saturday.

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

From the May issue of CITYVIEW

C.J. Bienert at Cheese Bar

By Jim Duncan

C.J. Bienert is Des Moines’ chosen cheese monger. Through his Cheese Shop and Cheese Bar, he has enticed the city’s palate to appreciate distinctions between whey and casein proteins, goat’s milk and sheep’s milk fats, Pyrenees and Alpine terroirs, etc.

He has promoted wine and cheese tastings to graduate level educational events. And he realized the dream of turning his hobby into his career.


CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best Local Convenience Store

1. Kwik Star

2. Casey’s

3. Kum & Go

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From the May issue of Grimes Living magazine

Meet Donna Gladfelder
Seeing the confidence of children grow

By Ashley Rullestad

Donna Gladfelder has been teaching fifth grade in the Dallas Center Grimes Community School District for the last 10 years. Previously, she served as a sixth-grade paraprofessional at Millard Public Schools in Omaha; taught third grade at USD232 DeSoto, Kansas; and taught third grade at Davenport Community Schools. She now teaches math and science at DCG Middle School.

“While working as a paraprofessional in Omaha, the group of sixth grade teachers that I worked with encouraged me to obtain my teaching degree,” she says. “While still working, I went back to college through Buena Vista University, attending classes in the evening. Going back to get my teaching degree was one of the best choices that I've ever made.”



Woebegone Wednesday. Orange chicken was invented by Panda Express chef Andy Kao in 1987. It sort'a had roots in Hunan's tangerine chicken and Yangzhou cuisine but nothing from China was nearly as sweet nor sticky. Today, orange chicken serves as Panda Express’ flagship offering, selling more than 100 million pounds a year and featured prominently in all its 2,200 plus outlets. It has been copied by many Panda wannabes in supermarkets, universities, casinos, airports, military bases, amusement parks and other venues across America.

From the same folks who resurrected Templeton Rye: Saturday, May 25, will see the release party of Foundry's six-year-old whiskey, finished in Napa Cabernet oak casks. Bottles will be offered at $40 beginning at 11 a.m. (111 11th St., West Des Moines).

Good deals. Sprocket’s is now open at 2314 University Ave., Des Moines, after moving from Ingersoll. Wing Wednesdays deliver six free boneless wings when you buy 12 wings... Senior Fishing Day at Easter Lake is free on June 7. Registration deadline for sack lunches is May 24. Poles and bait provided. 515-286-3677... Bottles of wine are half priced on Wednesdays at Trostel’s Greenbriar (5810 Merle Hay Road., Johnston)... Tacos Marianna's (1305 University Ave., Des Moines) has taco specials Wednesdays and Thursdays instead of Tuesdays. They also have really good tacos... Kwik Stars offer $9.99 eight piece packs of their excellent bone-in fried chicken today. That deal is so hot that KFC has copied it on Tuesdays... Wallace House’s "Fresh from the Farm" dinner series will kick off June 5 with rookie chef Saralyn Smith. Dinner includes a rhubarb, apple and rose water mocktail; fennel orange salad with pickled rhubarb; pork loin with rhubarb-ginger compote; and custard Pavlova. BYO beer or wine. Community seating. $75. These often sell out.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Greenfield tornado: Authorities confirm multiple fatalities in southwest Iowa

GREENFIELD, Iowa — The Iowa State Patrol confirmed multiple fatalities in Greenfield after a tornado blew through the Adair County town Tuesday afternoon. Sgt. Alex Dinkla made the announcement in a news conference Tuesday night in the town of about 2,000 people, but said an official number won't be released until Wednesday.....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for 15 counties

DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation on Tuesday for 15 counties following severe storms and tornados. Counties included in the proclamation are Adair, Adams, Cass, Clay, Hardin, Harrison, Jasper, Kossuth, Marshall, Montgomery, Page, Palo Alto, Pottawattamie, Tama, and Warren counties.   .... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Johnston High School cancels Wednesday classes after sustaining 'extensive storm damage'

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Johnston High School students will have Wednesday, May 22, off after the building sustained "extensive storm damage" in Tuesday's severe storms.
The school, located at 6500 NW 100th Street in Johnston, was in the path of devastating severe weather on May 21, which decimated small towns and caused power outages across the state. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Jaylen Brown's 3 rescues Celtics in Game 1 thriller vs. Pacers ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED:  Oneil Cruz Mashes Two Hardest-Hit Balls of the MLB Season in One Game  ... READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: With $2.8B settlement looming, NCAA's smaller conferences feeling squeezed: 'What other options are there?'  ....READ MORE
2017: Manchester Arena bombed during Ariana Grande concert. Just moments after Ariana Grande finished the final song of her May 22, 2017 concert at Manchester Arena, a suicide bomber detonated an explosion on the premises, killing 22 concertgoers and injuring 116 more. ISIS claimed responsibility for what was the deadliest act of terrorism in Britain since the 2005 London metro bombings.  ... READ MORE
2004: Controversial documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” wins Palme d’Or prize. ... READ MORE
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis drops a bombshell in London ... Unbeknownst to the British public and the organizers of the coming tour, Jerry Lee Lewis would be traveling to England as a newly married man, with his young wife in tow. Just how young that wife really was would be revealed on May 22, 1958, when Jerry Lee “The Killer” Lewis arrived at Heathrow Airport.... ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Anna Baryshnikov, Apolo Anton Ohno, Camren Bicondova, Dana Williams, Johnny Gill, Maggie Q, Mark Christopher, Naomi Campbell, Novak Djokovic, Ginnifer Goodwin, Morrissey

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What's a sock's favorite horror movie? "Twelve Feet Deep" (2017) - Carolyn Rogers. Or, The Toe-minator! - Gail Tomlinson. Or, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Feet! - Rex Post.

Today's riddle

What did the apartment sing to the landlord?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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