Pat Shingleton: "Maybe it Stinks, Maybe it Doesn't"
Mid-April frontal passages send us showers and thundershowers along with clearing skies, north to northwest winds and drying. The last six days of rain, showers and thundershowers are the result of a sluggish upper level low that rakes moisture and showers our way. Thus... the reason why we're under a Flood Watch through Friday evening. Our traditional northwest winds that accompany a frontal passage send "whiffs" to us that are either pleasant or offensive. The paper mills in the Felicianas eject a smell that reminds me of burning tomatoes from the Heinz plant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Flowers Baking Company on Florida Blvd. sends an aroma that reminds me of Mom's kitchen on Thursday night's where loaves of fresh bread met strawberry preserves and crunchy peanut butter. Hazen's milk topped off our dinner for that night. A south wind advances an offensive odor from the treatment plant near River Road. In Irwindale, CA. Huy Fong Foods manufacture Sriracha, a spicy Asian hot sauce. Last year, the production of the sauce released a variety of odors including garlic, peppers and vinegar. Some residents didn't like it, others didn't mind it. Environmental scientists were forced to monitor the odors at numerous locations due to complaints. It's another example that a stiff wind can move the "smell" or provide the aroma.