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Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 12:00 am

"The fair will go on as scheduled," fair volunteer Lee Buice proclaimed.

And so will the rain. The problem is nobody really knows Mother Nature's schedule, but the rain isn't predicted to stop any time soon.

The forecast for Thursday calls for a high of 81 degrees and a 60 percent chance of continued rainfall.

Meteorologist Ryan Barnes at the National Weather Service said there's an abnormally moist pattern in the air coming from the Baja Peninsula.

"It's really not typical that we see this constant surge of moisture," he said.

That, in conjunction with impulses of energy caused from disturbances in the upper atmosphere, has left the Permian Basin Fair and Exposition wringing wet.

Midland International Airport reported 0.56 inches September to date, which isn't too much of a difference from last year this month: 0.02 inches.

"We're still catching up from last year," Barnes said.

He said the area has had a typically dry spell.

On Tuesday, the rain kept coming down on the relatively few fairgoers who showed up. The carousel and Giant Wheel operated as usual, but passengers were absent.

Performances from the '80s rock and country band, Funkster, continued to play in full spirit all evening despite the fact that the chairs in front of the stage were empty.

Even beyond the fair, the rain may continue in the Permian Basin early next week.

Hurricane Ike is expected to be 400 miles wide and hit the Gulf Coast heading west, KOSA-TV meteorologist Greg Morgan said. Unless Ike heads north and hits Houston, the Odessa area can expect to continue to get rain.

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