In a message dated 01-Mar-04 8:25:56 PM Pacific Standard Time, Antennaria@aol.com writes: > ... now means any rain precipitation whatsoever, even MIZZLE (mist and > drizzle) of FIZZLE (fog and drizzle). > Mark ~ Being an ex-Minnesotan, we had all of that and then some, including other "regional weather specialties." Often, in late winter when the soil was still frozen but had no snow cover, the winds in snow storms that occurred then would whip across the bare soil to produce SNIRT (SNow and dIRT), i.e., black snow. Dave Karnstedt Sensibly ensconced on the Left Coast where, often, the occupation of choice during some of the winter months is hammering together an ark . . . at least, living in Minnesota, we never had redwoods fall across the road to crush all the occupants in a car.