Pat Shingleton: "My First Weathercast and the Passover Moon"
I've referenced Western Pennsylvania in numerous columns but Baton Rouge is home and here's one of the explanations. A talent agent forwarded Carlton Cremeens, then News Director at WAFB, my credentials and he flew me out of a snowstorm in Kansas City in March, 1976 to warm, springtime weather here. He and General Manager, Tommie Gibbens, not only gave me a tour of Baton Rouge but parked me on a bench at L.S.U. during class change and for a single guy it was an “eye-opening” experience. We enjoyed lunch at Mike Anderson's on Highland Road and dinner at Don’s Seafood on Airline where Carlton ordered up a tray of food that I thought was bait. It was Mr. Gibbens who first told my wife.... “Mabyn, I have a weatherman coming for you!” Ironically we had never met. My first weathercast in B.R. was 41 years ago on April 11, 1976. Of greater importance, Passover began yesterday at 7:29 PM. Moon rise will occur tonight at 8:04 PM and its illumination will be 99.8%, designating it as an official full moon. One school of thought suggests "light" was needed for the Jewish people to leave Egypt, in the middle of the night, and begin their journey out of bondage. Guiding them in the darkness was a full moon, referred to as the Passover Moon. Easter is calculated as the first Sunday after the paschal full moon or after the vernal equinox. Our last full moon was Saturday, March 11, as the moon phase remains a factor when Easter occurs during the Liturgical year. Approximately forty days ago was the beginning of Lent and Easter can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25.