Overheard on CNN.com: It's raining in Texas
Cows in the Texas Panhandle seem just as perplexed as their owners when rain fell Thursday.
September 16th, 2011
05:26 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: It's raining in Texas

Comments of the Day:

"The nicest smell in the whole world, the smell of wet dirt during that first rain after a loooong period of zilcho. Love it. Good luck folks."–manyote

"Feels good to see rain in Texas and the cows! And I do not even live there!"–awesomeiam

Texas rain: 'Like manna from heaven'

It finally rained in Texas. After months of drought and the hottest summer on record, Texas recorded three-quarters of an inch in the Panhandle. It wasn't nearly enough; Texas needs the same weekly for a few months for real relief, said Andrew Moulton, a meteorologist at the National Weather Center in Amarillo, Texas. Many CNN.com readers shared their excitement and longing for rain in their area of the state.

Bmery44 said, "It's raining here in Corpus Christi TEXAS!" Peluard said, "Finally some good news. Those people desperately need the rain."

drowlord said, "The drought has been a burden for people, but I feel really bad for wildlife here. All the streams are dried up. The fish all converged on the deepest spots, and when those dried up, they just died - thousands dying in tiny puddles. Turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, small mammals ... all dying without water. It's been an apocalypse for anything that can't fly."

DrBillToth1 said, "Still not a drop in fire ravaged Waller County." SusanAnn13 said, "Please send the rain to Houston." Texian2 said, "Thanks, God. Now, if you don't mind, could we get a drop or two in South Texas?" jdurand said, "We just need some of this a little further east where all the fires are."

Dano973 said, "Georgia had a two-year long drought like this about six years ago when Lake Lanier was just about empty. I remember hearing a meteorologist say it would have to rain for a week to make a difference. Well it ended up raining for a week ... then a month. Be patient, my friends."

Mayweather out to prove he's still Money

The boxing match this Saturday is between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz, but the talk from CNN.com readers was mostly about Manny Pacquiao. "The boxing public wants - demands - that the two fight before they get too old and their marvelous skills erode," writes CNN.com's Steve Almasy.

MeanOldMan said, "He proves only that he is afraid until he fights Manny Pacquiao." benbuttons said, "Pacman would smoke ol' Floyd."

mikereal said, "That people put Pacquiao ahead of Floyd baffles me. How many times does Floyd have to prove himself? People know he can out box Pacman and will do so when they meet. And yes they will meet: The payday is going to be too big to pass up. If you want some cold, hard facts about what might happen when they do, watch the Flyod Mayweather vs. Marquez fight, then watch Pacman vs. Marquez. Mayweather was untouched in his meeting with Marquez."

4256213 replied, "Wow, you are clueless. Have you even watched Pacquiao's last 10 fights? His boxing skills improve tenfold after each fight. Mayweather has been the same boring fighter for the past seven years."

geolobo agreed, "You clearly know nothing about boxing if you think Floyd will outclass Pacman. This is a fight where two styles were meant for one another. One, a great defensive fighter; the other, a great, great offensive fighter. If Shane Mosley can wobble Floyd early; Pacman can ruin him early."

yakasha2 said, "Mayweather may be scared of a little juice, but Manny appears to be afraid of a drug test. Why would that be?" Fkdiscus said, "Not a big Manny fan, but boy does that guy have fast hands and feet. If Mayweather can hit him, he will win but not sure that's a given."

Oh, and about the match Saturday ... harms said, "I can't wait to see this fight." Maximus7 said, "God, I want Ortiz to pull this off, I am not a FM fan, but give the devil his due: Floyd is a genius in the ring. How could Ortiz pull this off? The only way I see is to get Floyd against the ropes (good luck) and use his superior punching power to work to the body for the first 5 to 7 rounds to try and take Floyd's legs away, then transition to body and head combos. Ortiz needs to be thinking twelve rounds for this one. Good luck Ortiz!"

Nourishing New York's low-income communities

Fresh out of college and determined to make a difference, Gina Keatley turned down more lucrative culinary jobs to start Nourishing NYC, which provides free fresh food and nutritional education to nearly 100,000 people in Harlem and the Bronx. Many CNN.com readers congratulated her on her work.

chlim said, "More stories like this please. Show us how we are making a difference. Empowered people do so much more than scared, helpless, hopeless people."

nicolechip said, "What an inspirational woman. To hear how she struggled with poverty and homelessness as a child, but managed to get through culinary school: This is the type of person we should all aspire to be. Imagine if NYC had fewer Wall Street cut throats and more Gina Keatleys." auxNewz said, "I hope this program goes nation wide."

Readers argued over the problems of encouraging those in the inner cities to improve their diets. Guest said, "I remember a news segment about a year ago: One mom in Chicago said, 'I can get any drug or gun I want within three hours. Do you know how far I have to go to find a fresh tomato?' "

pin said, "Nothing wrong with folks trying to help, but people need to take responsibility for their lives. In a country with so many resources of information, most folks know what is good or bad concerning their health. You can eat a healthy diet on a limited income."

AndreaMilnes replied, "How do you expect somebody to be able to get that information if they had a poor education as a child? Imagine being stuck at a third-grade reading level trying to figure out different types of sugar, fat, and food chemicals. Imagine if you were functionally illiterate trying to read packaging. It is possible to eat healthy on a limited income, but if you don't have the skills to learn how, then you're in a bit of a pickle, aren't you?"

cozmik1 said, "My mother used drugs, neglected me, and then abandoned me when I was in high school. I grew up poor, around addicts and crazies, and I have a major medical condition. As a young adult, I made barely more than the minimum wage and lived in the inner city, yet ate an extraordinarily healthy diet–lentils, brown rice and carrots, cabbage, onions. I bought fruit in the bag and bunches of bananas, low-priced natural peanut butter and drank water. My heart used to gush for everyone, but as I've aged I've realized that life is hard. No matter if your situation is the result of upbringing or a deliberate act on your part, you are still the only person who can fix it."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta Fraschini

    It warms my heart that rain finally fell in Texas. I have been hoping and praying for this. I know that the cows and horses have been very much in need of the water. One of my uncles has a small ranch near Austin, TX. He told me the cows and horses water needs have been satisfied. Now comes a new problem. Mesquitos. Let's hope they spray.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |



      I DON'T EXIST.

      September 16, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    We have cloud cover today in ATx & looking for rain! So far none, but glad to know some Texans are getting it! We're gonna need quite a bit more than an inch to aleviate the drought & slow the fire risk!!

    September 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Cut the sh!t, fake Joey.
    You're not even in the ballpark.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta Fraschini

    I'm sorry you feel that way banasy. I guess with all the trolls you doubt it's really me. I don't blame you. But it is me. Either way banasy I am so glad to see you still around. Take care.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    I KNOW it's not you.
    Nice try, though.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I meant not JIF.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. s kel

    Well im the real s kel and om extreamly happy to see it rain in tx: (cool weather now im fishing on the chesapeak bay,md.

    September 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @ joey , will u unzip my pants and well u know ,u've done this before to me..... Just open your mouth and let me insert it in and u do the rest ? Thanks joey... Now open that mouth and say ahhhhhhh..........

    September 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mmmmm

    Those cows in the picture don't have that beef jerky dehydrated look...must get their water source from someplace other than rain pond.

    September 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    The sweet smell of rain on Texas. It rained and our grass has greened a little in Missouri. Was hoping it would make it's way to Texas. Hope it comes in waves for awhile.

    September 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gung hoe

    Its bout time they got rain in the second best state in the country

    September 16, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GH

    Glad it's raining in Texas, but, those aren't cows. They're bulls.

    September 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Hey moma both you guys can have our rain for awhile Am so sick of mowing the lawn

    September 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Assassinate suspects

    Don't believe all the hype. Rain in Texas has been happening for thousands of years. This has nothing to do with global warming nor end-time prophecys. Don't believe that this rain is from man-made environmental degredation. Move along...nothing to see here.

    September 17, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. ZweiStein

    "God Bless Texas"

    September 17, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
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