Alford: And now the weather…

    In south Louisiana, where politics and football are too easily labeled as theater and where forgotten pirates and fallen pastors maintain high regards, the weather is a staple character of life, writes Jeremy Alford in his latest column. 

    Our weather can bring an end to dreams and revive sulking crops, it can force water into every exposed crack, extend crawfish seasons and occasionally put snow under our toes. Our weather is tropical and moody and wet—it would otherwise be the perfect cocktail, if its moniker weren’t already being used to define the state of the atmosphere.

    With less than 100 days to go until this year’s primary elections, and given the storm that was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico as of this writing, the timing is probably right to merge the topics of weather and politics. As you well know, the course of Louisiana politics has been dramatically influenced by the outcomes of our precarious weather conditions—both short and long term. 

    As of midday Monday, the Gulf Coast was on alert for a potential tropical storm, slightly ahead of schedule. The surface read rightly made some folks nervous, like the organizers behind this week’s Christmas in July event in Kenner and the Ponchatoula Bird Fair & Sale. But bad weather does much more than upend social plans this time of year. Mix in our current election cycle and you can clearly see an imperfect storm on the make.  

    Read Alford’s full column about the weather and the upcoming elections. 

    Jeremy Alford publishes LaPolitics Weekly, a newsletter on Louisiana politics, at Follow him on Twitter, or on Facebook. He can be reached at  

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