Pat Shingleton: "The Date and The Moon..."
Here are a few early March weather items of interest. On March 6, 1954, Florida received its greatest snowfall when four inches whitened the panhandle city of Milton while two inches covered Pensacola over a 24 hours period. On March 5, 1997, a swath of hail, five miles wide, stretched from McLain, Mississippi to Leaksville. The depth of the hail ranged from six inches to a foot in Leaksville. The hail drifted to the edge of the elementary school and was still visible the next day. On March 4, 1841, President William Henry Harrison took the oath of office on a cloudy, windy, day with the temperature around 48 degrees. His speech lasted a hundred minutes, followed by a horse ride from the Capitol Building without a hat or overcoat. Over the next few days he suffered a cold that escalated into pneumonia and he died one month later. Today's closer..We’re sixteen days away from the official start of spring as folks will further their commitments to lawns, gardens and flower beds. Many will consult the Farmer’s Almanac and additional publications from LSU’s Agriculture Department. Some gardeners attest to the importance of the moon phases in assisting plant growth. Every 28 days our moon advances through four phases: new moon, first quarter, full moon and the dark of the moon or fourth quarter. During the first two phases, a larger appearing moon is referred to as waxing while the waning moon transfers from full to new. Gardeners contend that a waxing moon not only gravitationally pulls the oceans but all objects containing water for planting above-ground crops. Reversing the water cycle, below ground crops respond to a waning moon.