Pat Shingleton: "Indian Summer-Apache Fog!"
We're 28 days into autumn as we'll stay in a dry weather pattern with seasonal temperatures. Indian Summer occurs in mid to late autumn, usually after the first killing frost. Rarely do we experience this phenomenon in our sub-tropical, south Louisiana climate but it is greatly appreciated in other sections of the country. Its usage has been traced to 1778 as Native Americans utilized these days to increase their winter stores of food. In Europe a similar weather pattern has been called Old Wives' Summer, Halcyon Days and St. Martin's Summer. In previous columns I referenced Indian Summer in my weathercasts and received an e-mail from Marsha Reichle. She wrote, "Dear Pat: It's called Indian Summer when we have Apache fog..."