I Loathe You Mother Nature. A haiku poem.

Mother Nature sucks

This cold makes me want to duck

Get hit by a truck

Sorry, I'm not a poet. I am pretty mad at Mother Nature because she is just playing games with us now. Not only is today (Friday) going to be way to cold for May, but the Quad Cities will be under a Frost Advisory tonight. Come on, Mother Nature!

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Normally, when I see the forecast in May and there is frost, I like to joke about it because it won't last long. This time, it's personal Mother Nature. Last weekend when it was 1,000° with 200% humidity, my wife and I planted our garden thinking we were safe from frost until this fall. What I should've known is that I have terrible luck and Mother Nature hates me.

Today (Friday), it's not even going to get into the 50's! the National Weather Service (NWS) of the Quad Cities says that our average low for this time of the year is in the mid to upper 50's...

To kickoff a long Memorial Day weekend, we are going to be under a Frost Advisory Friday night into Saturday morning. If you have a garden planted, get ready to make sure they are covered up and protect tonight.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) of the Quad Cities, we are going to dip into the mid-30's tonight causing widespread frost, especially north of I-80. We will be under a  Frost Advisory starting at 12 a.m. on Saturday, May 29. The advisory will expire at 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

Here is the forecast  for today through Saturday, according to the NWS of the Quad Cities:

  • Friday
    • Patchy drizzle with a chance of rain before noon, then rain likely, mainly between noon and 2pm. Cloudy, with a steady temperature around 46. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Friday Night
    • Areas of frost after 4am. Otherwise, cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 36. North wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
  • Saturday
    • Areas of frost before 7am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 65. Northeast wind around 10 mph

Fortunately, we won't see that frost last for long. The rest of the Memorial Day weekend should be fairly warm and sunny.

This is the rest of the forecast for your Memorial Day weekend, according to the NWS of the Quad Cities:

  • Saturday Night
    • Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
  • Sunday
    • Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.
  • Sunday Night
    • Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.
  • Memorial Day
    • A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

I have my eye on your Mother Nature....

Iowa's Island City

There is something unique about every town, but there is really something special about Sabula, IA. Known as "Iowa's Island City," Sabula is the only town in the state of Iowa that is entirely on an island. While not a lot of people have been to, or live in Sabula, it is a quaint little town nestled right on the Mississippi River.

Before we show you around "Iowa's Island City," let me give you the history of Sabula. Sabula was established in 1835, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis. Isaac Dorman and a man named Hinkley crossed the river from the Illinois side on a log and decided to settle on what is now Sabula. An Ohio couple, James and Margaret Woods would settle on Sabula about a year later in April of 1836. Their son, Dr. E. A. Woods would purchase Hinkley's interest in the claim. Charles Swan and W. H. Brown would soon purchase Dorman's interest. The three men, Woods, Swan and Brown later had the land plotted in 1837.

The idea behind plotting the land was because there was no town between Lyons (north Clinton) and Bellevue. The plot of the new town was recorded in Dubuque as this area was part of Dubuque county at the time, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis.

According to Island City Harbor's website, Sabula went through a few names before landing on the official town name. In 1837, Sabula was first called Carrollport. Residents of the town didn't like the name because there was a man's name who was Carroll who had a bad reputation. The town changed its name to Charleston, after early settler Charles Swan. The only issue was that there was already a town called Charleston in Iowa which caused much confusion.

In 1846 the settler’s decided to find a name. Island City Harbor's website says that because of it’s sandy soil, William Hubble suggested the town be called "Sabulum" which is Latin for sand. A party was being held around the time the town name was being discussed, when a woman, supposed to be Miss Harriet Hudson, suggested the town be called Sabula as it was easier to pronounce and sounded more elegant, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis.

Sabula did not actually become an island until 1939. According to Wikipedia, in the 1930's, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed the lock and dam system. In 1939, Lock and Dam No. 13 between Clinton, IA and Fulton, IL was built which caused the bottomlands west of the town permanently flooded. With the Mississippi River east of the town, this created the "Island City." A levee was built around Sabula in 1957 for protection, according to Island City Harbor's website. This also allowed for the south sand pit to be turned into a boat harbor.

I would like to thank my mom Beth, her fiancé Matt, my brother Nolan and my wife Ellie for accompanying me to Sabula. We always have a blast on our trips and this one was no exception.

It's now time to introduce you to Sabula, Iowa, Iowa's Island City.

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