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John came to Shreveport in January of 1977 when he was transferred to Barksdale AFB.

He’s been active in Shreveport politics since deciding to make Shreveport his home.

John practiced law for 40 years and he now monitors local politics. He regularly attends Shreveport City Council and Caddo Parish Commission meetings.

John is published weekly in The Inquisitor, bi-monthly in The Forum News, and frequently in the Shreveport Times.

He enjoys addressing civic groups on local government issues and elections.

 

When Do You Know It's Fall In Shreveport Bossier?

It’s a good question.

According to The Farmer’s Almanac, the first day of fall has come and gone.

Like long long ago---Saturday September 22. This was the autumnal equinox or in plain speak, the astronomical start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.

According to the National Weather Service the low temp on that day was 72° and the high was 82°.

Thankfully The Farmer’s Almanac has another definition of fall is “nights of below-freezing temperatures combined with days of temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.”

Again a big zero for the beginning of fall in these parts.

How about using the change in Daylight Savings Time? That was this past Sunday.

Some say on Tuesday election day starts fall. The high that day was 78 degrees and the low that morning was 63 degrees.

Hmm…that definition of fall seems a bit off base also.

Goofballs who hate LSU could say fall begins each year on the day LSU loses to Alabama.

For those who love to work in the yard, fall could mean leaves falling in their yards and leaf burning.

Flower fanatics point to asters and chrysanthemums as the first announcements of fall.

And what about pumpkins, corn mazes and Halloween as markers of fall?

The fashion conscious have switched, at some date, to orange and brown as their “go to colors” and gotten all their boots out of the back of their closets along with sweaters.

Bambi and all their kin define fall as the beginning of deer hunting season.

Starbucks points to sales of Pumpkin Spice Lattes outselling the Vanilla Spice Latte.

Shoppers point to the early arrival of Christmas trees (and carols) in stores as a sign of fall -- or lunacy.

Like it or not, fall is a day to day season in this neck of the woods. And it lasts until winter begins, however one defines that season.

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