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    Ten Must-See US Towns With Weather Names

    By By Kristen Rodman, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    July 13, 2014, 12:19:00 AM EDT

    While weather influences everyone to some degree, some get a constant reminder that the weather is all around us, as their hometowns are named after particular weather phenomena.

    1. Rains County, Texas


    One of the smallest counties in the Lone Star State, Rains County, is located in northeastern Texas, with its largest town, Emory, which is located approximately 64 miles east of Dallas.

    Although this part of the Lone Star State can go for extended periods of time with no rain, when rain does occur the area can get flooding downpours, AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Wimer said.

    With a portion of the county bordering the Sabine River, more than 10 percent of the county is underwater as both Lake Tawakoni and Lake Fork Reservoir are situated here. Since 2004, the county has become known for its annual September bass fishing and golf tournament, according to the Texas State Historical Association.

    2. Frostproof, Florida


    Nestled between Lake Clinch to the west and Reedy Lake to the east, this quaint town in central Florida is only an hour from some of the Sunshine State's iconic attractions, including LEGOLAND and Walt Disney World.

    Dubbed "The Friendly City," Frostproof is the home to nearly 3,000 Floridians.

    Frost here is not totally out of the question, as this region of the Sunshine State can get frost occasionally but it is rare, according to Wimer.

    3. Sun Valley, Idaho

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    A resort city situated nearly 6,000 feet above sea level is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts during both the summer and winter months. Visitors can ski, hike, ice skate, cycle and trail ride on the city's two mountains, Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain.

    Although the town does have lots of sunny days, the winter skiing is still prime, Wimer said.

    Situated northwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, Sun Valley sits near Sawtooth National Forest, approximately 155 miles east of Boise. Numerous hotels dot the town as tourists from many of the nation's biggest cities come to experience the town's many adventurous attractions.

    4. Red Cloud, Nebraska


    In America's heartland, acclaimed to be the "most famous little town in America," Red Cloud is home to nearly 75,000 people, according to the city's website.

    Located in Tornado Alley, thunderstorms in this region are known to produce black clouds as well as tornadoes.

    The town's most iconic spot is the Red Cloud Opera House, constructed back in 1885. Closing its doors in 1916, the opera house was refurbished, restored and reopened in May 2003 by the Willa Cather Foundation. The opera house now hosts shows, musicals, exhibitions and more, according to the site.

    5. Half Moon Bay, California

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    A coastal city in San Mateo County, Calif., located approximately 30 miles southwest of San Francisco on the Pacific coast, Half Moon Bay was incorporated in 1959.

    Famous for the city's October Pumpkin Festival and Mavericks, a prominent surfing spot, the city offers visitors a plethora of locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood and picturesque panoramic views.

    Although some mornings low clouds notorious along the coastline may inhibit sightseeing, typically skies clear in time for afternoon excursions.

    6. Sun Prairie, Wisconsin


    East of Madison, Sun Prairie is one of the fastest growing cities in the state, according to the city's website. The town's population is approximately 30,400.

    "They get many sunny days here; however, that sunshine doesn't prevent the very cold outbreaks they have in the winter," Wimer said.

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    With Lake Mendota and Lake Monona nearby, the city park system consists of 44 parks, covering nearly 425 acres in total.

    7. Hurricane, Utah


    "While they don't get hurricanes in Utah, they can get thunderstorms with flooding downpours and high winds," Wimer said.

    The city allegedly got its name from the town's 1860 Mormon leader Erastus Snow, who commented about a high wind gust being a "hurricane," according to the city's website.


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    Known for its outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking, Hurricane, Utah, sits on the division line the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin. With the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve in town, the city is less than 100 miles from some of the nation's most popular national parks, including Cedar Breaks National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon's North Rim and Lake Powell.

    On the other side of the country, a small town in West Virginia also holds the same name.

    8. Cloud County, Kansas


    The "Stained Glass Capitol of Kansas," Cloud County is compromised of four cities, Clyde, Concordia, Glasco and Miltonvale, in north-central Kansas.

    Located in the country's Tornado Alley, clouds here can produce tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, especially during the spring and summer months, Wimer said.

    Concordia is located on the Republican River Valley in the state's rolling hills and hosts a population of approximately 5,400 people, according to the area's website.

    9. Moonville, Ohio

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