Pat Shingleton: "Pre-Frontal 'Stinkies'"
We're into the season of super dry weather and numerous frontal passage. October and November are traditionally our driest months and yesterday Fire District Number One of West Feliciana Parish posted a Burn Advisory. The Advisory is in effect until further notice and due to limited rainfall, weather conditions could contribute to an increased fire risk. Campers, hunters and residents are encouraged to only burn small amounts from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Residents involved in their traditional burn piles must maintain watch at all times and have water available for possible extinguishing. Our frontal passages quickly send the smoke from fires to the north, south to Baton Rouge and surrounding communities. Bad odors are often one of the more evident aspects of air pollution and small concentrations of odors can be easily detected. When 50% of the population can detect an odor, it's called the olfactory threshold. In Madison, Wis., on May 3, 1991, strong winds fanned a fire at the Central Storage and Warehouse. This building housed large quantities of cheese and meat products. The blaze erupted into a giant grease fire and despite a driving rainstorm, the inferno burned for three days. The following days included record-hot weather that enhanced quick rotting of the food residue. Residents held their noses as hardware stores sold out of clothes-pins.