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West Texas Cloud Appreciation: How Do Clouds Form, And What Are Some Identification Tips?

By Sally Beauvais

As we approach the end of monsoon season in West Texas, now's a good time to step outside and take a moment to appreciate the dramatic summer storm clouds that bring the majority of our region's annual rainfall, from May through September.

But no matter the time of year, the cloud show is always pretty spectacular out here in Big Bend country.

Former Marfa resident Adele Powers certainly thinks so. But for her, simply looking at clouds without understanding more about them is not enough. So, as a part of her broader quest to learn more stuff about the natural world around her, she asked West Texas Wonders:

How and why do clouds form, and are there some easy or basic tips for cloud identification?

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  • A walk down a dirt road with Ross Cashiola, co-founder of the mysterious West Texas Cloud Appreciation Society
  • Wisdoms about cloud formation and strangely wonderful tunes from this 1968 film by the National Educational Television and Radio Center
  • Basic cloud identification tips from Rick Hluchan with the National Weather Service in Midland
  • Adele Powers singing along to Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now

Listen to the full story above.

Submit your question to West Texas Wonders below.

Sally Beauvais is a reporter at Marfa Public Radio.
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