Stop complaining about Iowa weather

This winter has been a particularly odd year for weather. 40-degree days followed by a blizzard, followed by 50 degrees and sunny, followed by freezing rain and somehow all the recent inclement weather landed on Thursdays.  

Living in Iowa, it seems to be that 95% of the conversations you have are about the weather. With such flux this makes sense. It is so sporadic it is impossible to ignore. 

One theme of these conversations is how much these individuals revile the Iowa weather. A common phrase you might find yourself saying goes as this, “I don’t understand why I live here.” This phrase seems to be said daily from October to April. Another phrase you might hear is “I’m getting out of here as soon as possible.” This seems to be said more by the younger residents of Iowa. 

Clearly, then, everyone hates living in Iowa. The population must be shrinking exponentially every year right? Actually, no. According to the 2020 US Census, Iowa has a population of about 3.2 million people. That is a 4.7% increase from the census 10 years prior. Not only are people staying here but they are willingly bringing more people into this state. 

Complain all you want, but the truth still remains. Deep down, all of us love this weather.  You will never leave except for day trips in the summer and spring break vacations. You will stay here until the sun burns out. You will have grandchildren who have only experienced the spoils of the corn and the snow. Through all of this you will be happy.  

Next winter, you may endure more Thursday snow storms in March. You will endure more the next year, and even more the year after that. Through every single one, as deep down as it may be, you will feel the love for Iowa.

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