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I remember reading a story somewhere that a Southerner wrote about one of his life experiences. He mentioned that in the region he lived there was a time of day that cooled off a large amount in less than ten minutes, and the effect was so remarkable that they had a word for it.

I'm writing something now, and am looking for that word and the region to which it applies. I searched for the article and could not find it. I searched for regional words relating to times of the day, and still could not find it. I have no idea where I would look for such a thing (I've never found it in any of the web sites claiming to have 'accurate' information on the Southern dialect). Does anybody know the word I am looking for, or an information source in which I might be able to find it?

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    Sundown evening – Kris Feb 22 at 2:02
  • Thanks. I think I remember him using that word now. I couldn't find the article or region usage on a web search, but I guess usage of the word just isn't widespread enough to make it into any discussions about any of the Southern dialects. I reckon the regional usage is (or was) mostly limited to the hotter, drier areas of Texas, as the lack of moisture in the air would cause the heat to rapidly dissipate as the sun set. – dboggs95 Feb 23 at 19:50
  • There seems to be a general lack of information on Southern idioms in general. Trying to find the meaning of one is a commonly seen question on here. – Mike Apr 24 at 22:43
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    I can't tell if the comment from @Kris satsfied this query or not. I'm from the Texas panhandle, but this didn't really ring any bells for me. I'll try to remember to run it by my parents. Your description made me think about the dry line, a regional (southern great plains and West Texas, mostly) meteorological phenomena created by the push-and-pull between moist gulf air and dry air inland. Here's an interesting article about it from a storm-chaser's perspective: stormtrack.org/library/forecast/dryline.htm – abathur Apr 29 at 3:12
  • I think it has something to do with with the dry climate. If moisture suddenly flooded the air, then it would be hot and humid all evening. Thanks for the dryline information though. It's interesting. – dboggs95 Apr 30 at 2:05

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