Perhaps the best way to understand weather in the West is to imagine an old vaudeville sketch. A man, weak and near death, enters the stage on his knees, crawling amid sand and sagebrush, his voice rasping out a desperate cry for help. “Water! Water!”
Suddenly, from off stage, come bucketsful of water, right in the face, until the man finds himself in peril of drowning.
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has nearly 40 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.