Pat Shingleton: Two Seasons or Four?
Some South Louisiana residents believe we only enjoy two seasons: summer and winter. I believe there is evidence to support all four, experiencing the heat of summer, cool of fall, our December snow episodes, including ice pellets that we experienced last January and our crisp spring's. I personally experience the end of winter when the trees begin budding and those spectacular sunny, blue-skied days just after St. Patrick's Day. As noted in a previous column, the love bugs are lingering and while you enjoy your daily walk, notice the number of acorns piling up on our "side" streets, suggesting another episode of ice this winter. Often, these "natural" occurrences may offer some hints of our chilly weather to come.