High Impact Storm Bearing Down

Hello and welcome to the blog!  It’s going to be a very interesting 48 hours coming up.  We have a massive early spring / late winter storm bearing down on eastern Iowa.  Computer models vary but are generally in agreement that this area will see from around 10-15 (or more!) inches of snow starting Saturday morning and going throughout the day.

Jenny and her daddy live by the area with the blue “X”. I often fish in the area with the “F”.  For the last few weeks I’ve been studying the precipitation forecasts / measurements  in anticipation of vacationing a few days in “trout country”… It should still be good fishing up that way in early April, even after this even.

The storm may have a very adverse impact on us this weekend.  Early Friday morning I’m going to haul out the Honda generator and fill the extra gas tanks.  With this much heavy snow and high winds, power lines and even wooden light poles can snap off.

The worst of this whopper storm is going to hit while I’m at work on Saturday, meaning a ton of heavy shoveling… if we stay open at the Golden Arches. Hopefully, we can close the restaurant because it will be very slow.

This impending storm has necessitated putting together a list of needed items and tasks to work on Friday morning… not a bad idea to be prepared anyway!

  1. Test generator / buy extra gas
  2. Charge up the Sangean AM/FM portable radio
  3. Change the batteries in the weather radio
  4. Make sure house batteries in the van are ready to go.
  5. Locate and change the batteries in all the lanterns and headlamp
  6. Put extra blankets in the van.
  7. Pick up a couple extra gallons of drinking water
  8. Have some extra food on hand and ready-to-eat.

With a little luck these measures will not be needed but it never hurts to be prepared in case I need to sleep outside, should there be a power outage.  We have mostly underground electric lines in this area but there is the chance problems can arise.  Having a van and generator are a good thing.  🙂

If the weather allows, I’ll do a “before and after” drone picture of Anamosa as well as document any damages observed.  It will be intriguing to see the impact.  The last storm I remember of this intensity at this time of the year was in early April of 1973.  The snow drifts were taller than the little 7.5 year old VanTrekker back then.

On the upside, the temperature in Iowa will be back in the 50s later this next week….  Welcome to Iowa!   It’s not for the weak.   🙂

Take care and thanks for stopping by.

Brad and Jenny
Jones County, Iowa

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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6 Responses to High Impact Storm Bearing Down

  1. Nancy says:

    It sounds like you’ve got everything planned out perfectly. Good luck, and I hope the storm doesn’t hit you too hard.

  2. Pleinguy says:

    Brrr. Hope you stay warm and safe.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Pleinguy! I looked at your blog yesterday because it helps a person see beyond the snow. We didn’t get as much as they said – thankfully the temp is flirting with the freezing mark – but it’s a sloppy mess. Nobody has lost power yet but the day is young. Take care!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks! I’m at work right now checking the condition of things. A number of workers called off today and it’s amusing… Most are not the star performers. Imagine that! Take care!

  3. Jo says:

    Its always good to be prepared for any nasty weather and you seem to have it going on. Hope all goes well and you stay safe my friend.