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Pat Shingleton: "Old Sayings and... An Old Town..."

2 years 2 months 4 days ago Saturday, March 02 2019 Mar 2, 2019 March 02, 2019 9:00 AM March 02, 2019 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton:

Familiar weather expressions include “frog stranglers” and “gully washers” for heavy showers.  Another reference to flooding rain is the adage, “It’s gonna come a stump-floater and a gully washer.”  Our ancestors may have referred to an approaching episode of rain with, “It’s comin’ up a cloud!”  The mention, “It’s raining pitchforks and plow handles,” meant extremely hard rain. A comment to thunder may have found folks saying, “God’s tater wagon turned over!” or “The angels are bowling…” A more familiar verse for windy weather is, “It was blowing to beat the band.” “She is batting her eyes like a frog in a hail storm,” has dual meanings: She is trying hard to stay awake or she’s flirting. “The Devil’s getting married,” references a shining sun and simultaneous rain. From expression to falling levels and this item. Eight years ago, water levels on Lake Mead, in Colorado, gradually receded. The drop replicated the levels since 1936. At lower levels, a high-water mark or white bathtub ring was chronicled in photos, caused by the mineral deposits on submerged surfaces. In the 1930s, the town of St. Thomas wasn't thriving and the 500 residents were not adverse in putting it 64 feet underwater upon the completion of the Hoover Dam. As Lake Mead continued to shrink the official drop found it receding 100 feet since 1999.  Since the decrease in the water level, the town of St. Thomas was uncovered. Archaeologists and historians found a treasure trove of relics including Native American artifacts from the Anasazi settlement. Part of the lake that boaters enjoyed remained a hiker's adventure until 2011.

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