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A whole lota Texas goin on

Abilene sits very close to the geographical center of Texas. The climate is semi-arid, getting between 18 and 30 inches of rainfall per year. The temperature ranges from about 20 deg. (-7 C) at the coldest to about 110 deg (43 C) at the warmest. The relative humidity is normally between 20 and 30 percent, making most days quite bearable. This area of Texas gets allot of wind. Normally, the prevailing winds are from the south, and blow steadily between 10 and 25 mph. A great place for wind power generators. The area is mainly flat (plains), with some bluffs and buttes to the south and west of the town. Generally these are mesas with a base to top altitude of no more than 600 feet. Abilene is at an altitude of about 1750 ft. above sea level. The sumit of Steamboat mountain is about 2500 ft. above sea level. It is in this hilly area that deer hunting is the best, as this area is forested with live oak and cedar. Hunting for turkey, quail, dove, havalenas and coyotes is also good in this area. You may even catch a glimpse of a cougar in these areas. North of Abilene, is Lake Fort Phantom. This is the reservoir for the city, and also is known for fishing, swimming and boating activities. Abilene also has a museum of art and science downtown. On the east side, is the Abilene Zoo and discovery center, across from the Taylor County fairgrounds, which is the home of the anual West Texas Fair and Rodeo.

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