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Pat Shingleton: Loggin' the Weather

Pat Shingleton: Loggin' the Weather

Posted 11:21 AM 9/29/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Years ago, manual weather readings were conducted at the Baton Rouge Weather Service Office. This exercise constituted data collection from instrumentation and other observations. For the last 118 years, an observer has recorded daily temperature readings and observations at a remote location and (More)

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Pat Shingleton: Your Pic Could Win!

Pat Shingleton: Your Pic Could Win!

Posted 12:45 PM 9/28/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Each year Weatherwise Magazine conducts a photo contest. Contestants compete for a grand prize, a first prize, two second prizes, three thirds and honorable mentions. Entries range from atmospheric phenomena to seasonal images and drastic storms. Hopefully the mention of the contest will (More)

9/28/2014

Pat Shingleton: An apple a day

Pat Shingleton: An apple a day

Posted 2:49 PM 9/27/2014 by Pat Shingleton

The apple harvest is underway in northern orchards. Our backyard provided a good crop for everyone. Mom secured enough produce to "put up" apple sauce, apple butter and freezer apples for pies and cobblers. To compliment refrigeration, a basement or spring house provided a "climate controlled" (More)

9/27/2014

Pat Shingleton: A Cut Above the Rest

Pat Shingleton: A Cut Above the Rest

Posted 12:56 PM 9/26/2014 by Pat Shingleton

George Washington carried one and Mark Twain wrote of a "real Barlow" in "Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn" in 1876. A Barlow is classified as a penknife however original penknives didn't have folding blades; resembling a scalpel and designed to thin and point writing instruments known as quills. (More)...

9/25/2014

Pat Shingleton: Two Seasons or Four?

Pat Shingleton: Two Seasons or Four?

Posted 6:49 AM 9/24/2014 by Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III

Some South Louisiana residents believe we only enjoy two seasons: summer and winter. I believe there is evidence to support all four, experiencing the heat of summer, cool of fall, our December snow episodes, including ice pellets that we experienced last January and our crisp spring's. I (More)

9/24/2014

Pat Shingleton: "2005-The Worst Season"

Pat Shingleton: "2005-The Worst Season"

Posted 2:59 PM 9/23/2014 by Pat Shingleton

On the morning of Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 2:38, Hurricane Rita made landfall at Johnson's Bayou in Cameron Parish. The Category Three Hurricane posted winds of m.p.h. making it the fourth most intense Atlantic hurricane. Rita followed Katrina, causing damage in two cities on each end of (More)

9/23/2014

Pat Shingleton: "It's Coloring Time..."

Pat  Shingleton: "It's Coloring Time..."

Posted 4:01 PM 9/22/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Now that it's Autumn, folks in the Northeast will enjoy the changing-of-the-leaves. Each leaf contains anthocyanins that act like a sunscreen and once the chlorophyll breaks down, photosynthesis slows This process retards the absorption of light and excess light damages the leaves. Researchers (More)

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