Mild winter means difficulties for some Iowa businesses

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As of Wednesday, this winter ranks among the warmest in Iowa’s history – and while many Iowan’s are enjoying the unusually high temperatures and lack of snow, some Iowa businesses are bearing the brunt of this warm weather.

Geoff Perrill, owner of Geoff’s Bike and Ski in Iowa City, said his business has taken a hit, and is calling it “the winter that never happened.”

“That’s what we’re dubbing it here – the winter that never was,” said Perrill.

Perrill is hoping to mitigate the season’s effects on his business by offering a “No Snow Blows Sale” – slashing prices on winter-related gear until the next snowfall.

January and February are currently ranked as the 8th warmest among January-February combinations for which recorded data exists, with an average temperature of 27.9 degrees – that’s 6.7 degrees higher than the average temperature for that time.

For more information, read the full article at the Press-Citizen.

On the Radio: Environmental winter driving tips

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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment suggests a number of tips to make winter driving more environmentally friendly.

For additional winter driving tips, check out our blog post here.

Winter driving can be tough on drivers, but that does not mean it has to be tough on our environment too.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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DNR snowmobile safety tips

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has compiled a list of safety tips for Iowa’s 29,000 registered snowmobilers.

• Wear proper gear for the conditions – boots, a snowmobile suit, helmet, gloves and layered clothing
• Don’t ride alone
• Tell someone where you are going and when you will return
• Carry a basic tool kit and know how to use it
• Carry a cell phone
• Do not use alcohol or drugs before or during the ride
• Make sure the sled is in proper working condition
• At night, slow down and do not over-drive your headlights

Iowa has more than 5,000 miles of snowmobile trails, most of which are marked and maintained by local clubs.

For more snowmobile tips, view the Iowa Department of Natural Resources press release here.