Pat Shingleton for Nov. 6, 2012

Our forefathers selected early November as Election Day because the weather in November is moderate — most of the time. As noted in a previous column, in days of old, transportation from rural areas to polling places was compromised by weather. Today, rain and snow are expected in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Rain is also forecast in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Ohio will have dry weather as will Pennsylvania. 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 3,800 votes from Jimmy Carter. Fastcast: Clear, cold

ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION:

TODAY: Early Clouds (Partly Cloudy Icon) 66/45

WEDNESDAY: Chilly (Sunny Icon) 64/45

THURSDAY: Perfect (Sunny Icon) 71/49

FRIDAY: Comfortable (Sunny Icon) 76/56

SATURDAY: Warmer (Sunny Icon) 77/58

SUNDAY: Staying Dry (Sunny Icon) 80/59