Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
As I sit here in this Ames City Council meeting, I’m thinking about today’s “freak storm” and how up in arms we all seem to be about it. Please allow me to extend this modest proposal—Get. Over. It.
Yes, the weather guys “missed” this storm. Yes, their forecasts all said the Ames area would get an inch of snow at the most. Yes, at the time of this writing Ames is closing in on no fewer than FIVE inches of wet, heavy snow that’s made clearing my driveway tough and driving even tougher. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is still February in Iowa, right? It snows in February in Iowa, right?
As I understand it, and I’m certainly no meteorologist, but this system took a different track than was modeled. It set up in such a way that sent lots of snow over our area when it was originally supposed to sweep across southeast Iowa. I know the TV guys like to “wow” us with all their “Super-Ultra-Mega-Ninja Doppler 9000” technologies, and they like to sell us on the “exactitude” of their forecasting prowess, but let’s all remember what they are really doing is giving us a hypothesis of the weather for any 12, 24, and 36 hour span based on current conditions and models of weather patterns across the nation. You know what a hypothesis is, right? It’s an educated guess.
So…the educated guessers were wrong on this one, and we’ve spent the last 10 hours pounding on them rather unmercifully with our clogged snow shovels. It’s time to be grown-ups and quit picking the low-hanging fruit. As face-punch worthy as the old saw might be, it seems truer now than ever—“don’t like the weather in Iowa, wait five minutes—it’ll change.” You know what the weather did today? It changed.