Saturday, April 30, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week 18 - Weather

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History
Week 18 - Weather

Thanks to GeneaBloggers and Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog for these prompts.

Week 18. Weather. Do you have any memorable weather memories from your childhood? How did your family cope and pass the time with adverse weather? When faced with bad weather in the present day, what do you do when you’re stuck at home?

1. For many years, as a native Iowan, living across the United States, I told of the May 28th snow storm when I was a child, on our farm... I could not remember the year, nor did 'anyone else' I talked to, it seemed. I continued to tell the story, of course, when extreme weather was part of the conversation. My dad died in 1977... some years later, Mom married again, to another Iowa farmer. One day, probably early 1990s, it came up in conversation that I began to tell my 'May 28th snow storm' story - how Mom had a club meeting at the farm house that night, and what a mess it was.

Her husband, Roland, picked right up on the story - "Yes, it was 1947," he said. "I remember it at our farm; it was awful for that time of year" .... and went on and on about his recall of the event! How happy I was, to sit there and listen to another story of the same May 28th, 1947 snow storm I recalled so vividly from when I was just approaching my 8th birthday a month or so later...

2. Iowa - 100 year floods - 2 in just a few years

3. Table Rock Lake, MO - also 2 - 100 year floods in 4 years, 2008, 2011

Photo taken yesterday of Table Rock Lake and Dam with lake level just under max, gates in full release flooding many homes and parts of Branson Landing below...

Water from that last one not totally receded yet - watch out those of you in the lower Mississippi River regions in coming weeks!

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. I can relate to your snow storm memories. I also have farm-related weather memories. I grew up on a dairy farm and our lives were so closely linked to the weather--droughts that damaged the corn crop, wet weather that made it impossible to harvest the hay, snow storms that almost prevented the milk truck from picking up the milk to take it to the processing plant . . . I could go on and on.

  2. Farmining life and weather are forever linked. ;-)