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The Promise of Thunder
Texas Monthly Magazine, by Sterry Butcher

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/28/2014 3:56:28 PM

September is upon us, nearly the end of our rainy season. Drat. I’m always sad to see it go. In a typical year, about sixteen inches of precipitation falls on the Marfa Plateau, most of it during a summer-long monsoon. Unwelcome periods of drouth routinely descend and mar those expectations, but when the weather ticks along as it should, rain begins speckling the earth in May and manages to generate a little more momentum in June. By July, thunderheads build up nearly every afternoon, culminating in great, towering blue and silver cities overhead. This is a marvelous situation when it works

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Something different. West Texans will understand, all others will sympathize.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/28/2014 3:58:22 PM     (No. 9984894)

I meant to call attention to the writer´s use of "drouth" instead of the more common "drought". Ranchers say "drouth". I had never heard the word pronounced any other way til I was exiled to California for a while.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Penney, 8/28/2014 4:05:06 PM     (No. 9984898)

We LOVE West Texas: Alpine, Ft. Davis, Marfa, Big Bend..........! Thanks for posting!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: coldoc, 8/28/2014 4:10:03 PM     (No. 9984908)

Same thing here in AZ, though our rainfall totals are nothing like texas. We do like our thunderstorms.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Sheepfarmer, 8/28/2014 4:42:14 PM     (No. 9984928)

This was just wonderful. Thanks for posting. We here in the high country of Arizona are giving thanks for the pretty good monsoon season we´ve had so far. Every drop appreciated.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 8/28/2014 5:34:16 PM     (No. 9985009)

I´ve never been to West Texas (shame on me), but after reading this article, I feel like I have.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StuartL, 8/28/2014 8:22:28 PM     (No. 9985150)

God bless Texas and the Permian Basin!

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