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Rectangular bitsHere in the flatlands of TX, out in the Rectangular Bits, our predicted high for Christmas Day is 69F/20.5C, with a low of 46F/7.7C, and light breezes of 20mph/32kph or thereabouts, and neither snow nor sleet, nor rain nor precip of any kind predicted, but 63% humidity, which will be a break from the less than 45%, somebody should figure out a way to use all this stupid static electricity to charge your phone or something, humidity we’ve been having. . . . .So, no, we will not be having a white Christmas, but with the light breeze, we may have a brown one if the dust kicks up.

Oh, and that solstice thing?  We don’t even do “shortest day of the year” real good here — only 4 hours’ and 19 minutes’ difference between the length of the day on June 21 (14:23 hours) and December 21 (9:56 hours) at our latitude (33.5667° N).

And just for the record, we are, in fact, high and dry here at 3215 feet/980m elevation above sea level and an average of 16 inches of rain a year. 

Photographs above and below from “Candelight at the Ranch, 2007”  at the National Ranching Heritage Center, Lubbock, Texas

Finding any kind of tree on the High Plains could be problematic -- let alone finding one you'd be willing to cut down!  However, tumble weeds are ubiquitous.  The wind collects them into large drifts against walls and fences.  With a little imagination and resourcefullness . . . . Voila!

Finding any kind of tree on the High Plains could be problematic — let alone finding one you’d be willing to cut down! However, tumble weeds are ubiquitous. The wind collects them into large drifts against walls and fences. With a little imagination and resourcefulness . . . . Voila!

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