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by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.

July - Thunderstorm Time In past columns, I have mentioned some names for the months of the calendar given by Native American tribes. The Native American calendar is based on an average 29-day cycle of the moon and observations regarding what was occurring in the environment around them. Depending on where the tribe was located, names for a specific

month may vary. For some tribes, July is known as the Thunder Moon because of the afternoon thunderstorms that frequently occur. My wife, Linda, and I usually keep an eye on the sky during the summer, especially in the afternoon, to see if any thunderheads are forming. Here in northern Georgia, we are in what is called