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Did We Dodge A Big Snowstorm?

Sunday, February 21, 2010
by Les Sulgrove

Are we living right this weekend in Des Moines?  Do we deserve a break in the weather department?  Did someone pull some strings and give our snow shovels a breather?

The image above was captured at 4:00pm here in Des Moines and by all indications, it appears that we are going to be missed by this latest weather event!  I for one am not upset that we aren’t beating the snowfall record.  I am pretty sure that we’ll hit it even without the help of this storm.

My son and I were out widening the opening to our driveway today as well as knocking about 3 feet off the pile of snow that was keeping us from being able to safely pull out of our driveway.  With each snowfall, all the snow from the driveway ends up on either side and until today’s trimming, there was a 6 foot wall of snow and ice at the end of my drive.  It was like an archaeological dig as we chopped through the top layers, down through the ice layers from our January ice storm… We didn’t find any fossils or frozen elephants from the last ice age..

Now that I’m inside, all warm and sore from digging, I thought I’d share a new weather related website.  It’s the one that I took the screen capture from above.  The link will take you a Des Moines map, but if you want to change the site to better match your city or neighborhood, just enter your city or zip code and the new map will appear!

The website is located at but if you click on the image below it will take you directly to their full screen weather page.  Enter your city or zip code and have fun watching the weather!  There are tab options across the top that let you see Temperature, Precipitation (still or in motion) and cloud cover.  I’m anxious to see this site work when we move into our spring thunderstorm season.

Here’s a shortend URL if the image link above doesn’t work.

Does anyone remember what the crack of lightening sounds like or the smell of a thunderstorm rolling in?

About Les Sulgrove

Les is an Iowa native born in Des Moines and raised in the southwest Iowa town of Bridgewater. He has been a resident of Des Moines since 1982 and has been married to his wife Linda for over 35 years. Together they have 3 grown children, 7 grandchildren and make their home on Des Moines south side. He has been a licensed REALTOR® since 1990 and is Vice President at VIA Group, REALTORS®. Les is the 2011 Past President of the Des Moines Area Association of REALTORS® (DMAAR) and received the award of Salesperson of the Year by DMAAR in 2007 for his involvement and service to the Association. Additionally, he is active at the Iowa Association of REALTORS® and serves on local, state and national committees. He also owns and operates the national technology networking group CyberProfessionals. This group of real estate professionals meets twice annually across the United States to learn from each other and share new marketing ideas with heavy emphasis on current and future technologies and their use in the real estate business. Les’ hobbies include golf, photography and sarcastic humor. He and Linda spend many Saturday mornings from Spring to Fall at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market. He enjoys spoiling his grandchildren at every opportunity.

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