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NO SNOW: Could Break Record Set In 1889

Posted on: 6:34 pm, December 5, 2012, by , updated on: 09:29pm, December 5, 2012

The lack of snow now has Des Moines closing in on a nearly 130 year old record.

Last year’s mild winter is carrying over into this year.

The last time you had to scoop your driveway in Des Moines was March, 275 days ago.

Now instead of snow, the only thing about to fall is a weather record set in 1889.

And residents are out enjoying the nice weather.

It’s hard to believe friends are able to enjoy a game of freebie on a December day.

“I remember a couple of years ago I remember walking to school and snow was up to my waist and stuff at this point, and now I don’t even need to wear a coat,” says Kate Will of Des Moines.

The snow free weather isn’t going un-noticed; a maintenance worker for Meredith says no snow means more time to catch up on projects that would have been put on the back burner.

“Were able to get a head start on stuff we would normally have to wait until the spring to get on, so it’s staying outside trying to get stuff done that we would do in the spring, so a head start on next year,” says Lanny Trail.

That’s also what crews are doing over at the new Hy-Vee in Urbandale.

“At this time of the year we’re not normally able to do what we’re doing out here, which is planting, laying sod, grating, doing irrigation work, with the temperatures and lack of rainfall, the soil is perfect for working right now,” says Gary Garles with Bob Lenc Landscaping.

Bob Lenc Landscaping has several crews taking advantage of the weather by finishing up some projects that would have been pushed to the spring.

Garles says during the winter season they have to cut their staff, so when the nice weather sticks around so does the number of employees on their payroll.

“We have maybe 60 landscape people, where we have maybe 15 of those or 20 of those who stay for snow removal so everyone else gets laid off or does something else for the winter,” says Garles.

Public works officials say they’re keeping their employees busy by extending the maintenance season in the city.

The city is also training their employees on snow equipment including a new wing plow that will cut the number of times a plow needs to go down a street.

The mild winter and new equipment will help save the city’s bottom line.

Last year’s mild winter saved the city $450,000 in snow removal costs.