Gully washer


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Gully washer

A hard rain. In days before contour terracing, the runoff from a hard rain would generally wash small gullies in freshly plowed ground.
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Without missing a beat, he explained how toad strangler, loosely translated into northern dialects, means gully washer or downpour.
In fact, sometimes after a gully washer an old bison skull works its way to the surface for one of the ranch cowboys to discover.
Bright sun, with a cool, light breeze on Saturday, and a hot headwind for much of Sunday--with a brief sprinkle or a cooling gully washer depending on where one was on the route Saturday afternoon.