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 '19 at 2:02
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    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 '19 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 '19 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 '19 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 '19 at 2:05


Norther A cold strong northerly wind in the Southern Plains of the United States, especially in Texas, which results in a drastic drop in air temperatures. Also called a Blue Norther. (Glossary of Weather and Climate)


A Blue Norther, also known as a Texas Norther, is a fast moving cold front marked by a rapid drop in temperature, strong winds, and dark blue or "black" skies. The cold front originates from the north, hence the "norther,", and can send temperatures plummeting by 20 or 30 degrees in merely minutes.

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    The OP is asking for a time of day, not an incident of cold front. – Arm the good guys in America Nov 24 '19 at 18:11
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    @green_ideas The most important feature of the OP's question is the remarkable fast cooling. I stand by the answer as a viable one until OP states otherwise. If nothing else, I found the discovery of the Blue Norther very interesting; perhaps others will as well. – tblue Nov 24 '19 at 22:48

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