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Pat Shingleton: Sunlight or Moonlight?

Pat Shingleton: Sunlight or Moonlight?

Posted 3:00 PM 3/1/2015 by Pat Shingleton

Spring "springs" in 18 days as folks attend to their lawns, gardens and flower beds. The Farmer's Almanac and publications from LSU's Agriculture Department provide guidance. Some gardeners attest to the importance of the moon phases in plant growth. Every 28 days our moon advances through four (More)

Yesterday

Pat Shingleton: Expressing Some Expressions

Pat Shingleton: Expressing Some Expressions

Posted 3:27 PM 2/28/2015 by Pat Shingleton

Possibly a clap of thunder today and when the heavy showers hit, they're referred to as "frog stranglers" and "gully washers." "It's gonna come a stump-floater," refers to flooding rain. Our ancestors may have referred to an approaching episode of rain with, "It's comin' up a cloud!" Mentioning (More)

2/28/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Varooooom!"

Pat Shingleton: "Varooooom!"

Posted 3:23 PM 2/27/2015 by Pat Shingleton

As teenagers, a snowy weekend could send us to a garage. In these locales we observed some of the neighborhood "carburetor heads." These guys could tear down an engine and have it back on the street in no time. My weather segment with the Ramblin' Oldies of Denham Springs brought back some fond (More)

2/27/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Bonzai!"

Pat Shingleton: "Bonzai!"

Posted 4:10 PM 2/26/2015 by Pat Shingleton

Japan was spared from the Mongolians of Genghis Khan by a typhoon that destroyed Khan's army. It was named "Kamikaze," after the god of wind, Shinto. As noted in a previous column, as the typhoon saved their ancestors, the Japanese Army in 1937 revived the name during World War II, believing they (More)

2/26/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Those Weather Words..."

Pat Shingleton: "Those Weather Words..."

Posted 3:53 PM 2/25/2015 by Pat Shingleton

I'll update the unofficial weather dictionary with the following items. "Brincles" are underwater icicles. Fire rainbows form when light reflects from ice crystals in high level clouds while white rainbows form in fog, rather than rain. You may have seen fire whirls. They form when intense heat (More)

2/25/2015

"David-507 Years Old..."

"David-507 Years Old..."

Posted 4:25 PM 2/24/2015 by Pat Shingleton

Thousands visit the Galleria dell' Academia in Florence, Italy each year. They view the 17-foot-tall masterpiece of Michaelangelo Buonarroti's biblical shepherd, known as David. Over the years, weather has advanced the aging of the 506 year-old statue. In 1512, lightning struck its base and in (More)

2/24/2015

Pat Shingleton: "De-Home, De-Mold, Dehumidifier..."

Pat Shingleton: "De-Home, De-Mold, Dehumidifier..."

Posted 3:48 PM 2/23/2015 by Pat Shingleton

I assisted one of our viewers on Monday who was installing a de-humidifier in his camp to eliminate an increase of moisture when he wasn't using it. With hopes that he is reading this morning's column, another treatment is available. Obviously, the best means of preventing mold is controlling (More)

2/23/2015

Pat Shingleton: A Scare While Cutting the Turf

Pat Shingleton: A Scare While Cutting the Turf

Posted 2:30 PM 2/22/2015 by Pat Shingleton

In Ireland; "if you see the mountains, it's about to rain, if you can't- it's raining." Ivar Quigley, is recognized as a champion turf cutter and often "cut the turf." He would then set it aside to dry in the warm sun as the dry peat is later used as a heat source. Within the fireplace, the (More)

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