Pat Shingleton: "Weather Elections and the Smell of Bread..."
Our forefathers selected early November as Election Day because the weather in November is moderate - most of the time. In days of old, transportation from rural areas to polling places was compromised by weather. In 1948, weather helped Harry Truman as two inches of rain in Illinois stunted voter turnout but dry weather increased turnout in Ohio. In 1960, steady rain in Illinois deterred rural Republican voters but not Democratic as Chicago voters assisted John Kennedy. Wet weather in two states could have helped Gerald Ford grab 3800 votes from Jimmy Carter. In closing, we are in the season of frontal passages and the movement of air behind the front offers some pleasing aromas. In years past I would exit the Weather Center as my memory would return to Thursday evenings when I was in high school. For my Mom, Thursday’s were “makin’ a bakin’ of bread” days and after basketball practice, loaves of homemade bread lined the counter. I would catch scents of Mom’s bread courtesy of Flowers Baking Company on Florida. The north wind sent the scent my way. A northwest wind hits the paper mills near St. Francisville that resembles tomatoes and the Heinz plants on the northside of Pittsburgh.