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Summers are always a challenge here at the Journal. We have a pretty small staff, so when vacation season rolls around, we have fewer people to cover the same amount of work.

That was the case recently during our city golf tournament and storm coverage. With different reporters out for one thing or another, being one sports reporter short while we work on finding a good employee and me on vacation, the last week or so was a challenge for the Journal staff.

I’m partial to our staff. I think we have a great group of people who work hard every day to bring readers local news and advertising information. The past couple of weeks they all came together and did a great job. I often use this space to thank community members for their hard work and we always print letters of thanks from community groups and businesses, so I hope you’ll indulge me while I take this opportunity to thank the Journal staff for their hard work and dedication.

Storm siren hullabaloo

When the storms subsided last week there was a lot of talk around town about storm sirens, especially the lack of a siren during the height of Monday’s storm. Weather is unpredictable. I’ve always thought that being a meteorologist is a lot like being a psychic — it’s a job where you get paid to be right about half the time. (Please, no letters from meteorologists — I know that with today’s technology they are right more often than that.)

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But the fact is, unfortunately, that weather still has the ability to take us by surprise. By all accounts, that is what happened when the storms hit us on Monday. The National Weather Service and the county emergency managers work hard to let us know when severe weather is imminent. Sometimes they issue a warning and nothing happens – the weather fails to materialize – and sometimes, like Monday, they don’t see severe weather until it is right on top of us. I’m glad we have them there looking out for us, but I certainly don’t blame them when they get it wrong, and no one else should either. Unless humans come up with a way to control weather there will always be some unpredictability.

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PatriArt week

Tomorrow kicks off PatriArt week in Muscatine. In today’s paper you’ll find a section devoted to all of the events going on around town throughout the week. This is always a fun and interesting week that begins with the Ice Cream Social tomorrow, Sunday, June 30, at the Musser Art Center and ends with Independence Day fireworks on July 4. With river levels rising some of the events scheduled for along the river may need to move, so we’ll keep an eye out for changes and updates throughout the week and let you know about them when we know about them.

I hope you have a great week. Thanks for reading!

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Steve Jameson is the editor and publisher of the Muscatine Journal.

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