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Pat Shingleton: Raining, On a Scale of 1 to 10

Pat Shingleton: Raining, On a Scale of 1 to 10

Posted 11:29 AM 10/23/2014 by Pat Shingleton

On October 23, 1947, a cafe in Marksville was suddenly filled with news that fish were falling from the sky. As noted in an archived column, a biologist for the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries provided this account: "In an 80,000 square foot area, thousands of freshwater fish, native to local (More)

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Pat Shingleton: A Hail of A Blast

Pat Shingleton: A Hail of A Blast

Posted 10:26 AM 10/22/2014 by Pat Shingleton

In 1907 the Italian Royal Academy of Sciences noted that tests of anti-hail cannons weren't effective and urged the government to cease encouraging expensive and useless work. By the early twentieth century, anti-hail cannons disappeared. Replacing them were rockets that would explode 800 grams (More)

10/22/2014

A Blast from the Past

A Blast from the Past

Posted 3:46 PM 10/21/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Luigi Bombicci, a mineralogist from Bologna, Italy, believed that hail could be prevented. In 1880, his theory of "spherohedron" described the hailstone's process of crystallization and preventing hail development with sound. In 1896, Albert Steiger, Mayor of Windisch-Feistritz, Austria, made the (More)

10/21/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Look Out Below!"

Pat Shingleton: "Look Out Below!"

Posted 4:00 PM 10/20/2014 by Pat Shingleton

It's not unusual for those that reside in the northern extremes and the northeast to experience snowfall at this time of the year. The "changing leaves" were somewhat deterred this year as maples and cottonwoods still offer beautiful displays. Also at this time of the year, forecasts may include (More)

10/20/2014

Pat Shingleton: Why Indian Summer?

Pat Shingleton: Why Indian Summer?

Posted 2:34 PM 10/19/2014 by Pat Shingleton

In other sections of the United States it is not unusual for a winter weather alert to be issued at this time of the year and many locations are also awaiting their first frost. An extended period of dry, warm days, following a frost,` is common and as noted in a previous column, this describes (More)

10/19/2014

Pat Shingleton: Hurricanes and Earthquakes

Pat Shingleton: Hurricanes and Earthquakes

Posted 2:45 PM 10/18/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Weather anniversaries for October 19 include Hurricane Wilma, blasting the Yucatan with 175 mile-per-hour winds nine years ago. Katrina, Rita, Wilma were the five most intense Atlantic hurricanes, rewriting the record book in other categories. Wilma's eye wall was two nautical miles wide, the (More)

10/18/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Dalibard Was the First..."

Pat Shingleton: "Dalibard Was the First..."

Posted 4:01 PM 10/17/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Previous columns have noted Ben Franklin's expertise as an inventor, including his lightning experiments. Franklin was inspired by other inventors, especially French academic, Thomas Dalibard who actually performed the first lightning experiment. Franklin wanted to duplicate Dalibard's experiment (More)

10/17/2014

pat Shingleton: "A Wash Out..."

pat Shingleton: "A Wash Out..."

Posted 3:58 PM 10/16/2014 by Pat Shingleton

King John "Lackland," King Henry's II's favorite son, got his nickname because his father had no land to give him. As noted in a previous column, John, the younger brother of King Richard the Lionhearted, tried to overthrow his brother. Returning from the Crusades in 1194, he forgave his brother (More)

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