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Pat Shingleton: "Laboring on Labor Day..."

Pat Shingleton: "Laboring on Labor Day..."

Posted 3:12 PM 9/1/2014 by Pat Shingleton

As noted in a previous column, this hurricane caused damage in the upper Florida Keys and a surge of 20 feet. Its winds leveled buildings in Islamorada as numerous World War I veteran's lots their lives due to the storm surge. They were constructing the Key West Extension of the Florida East (More)

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Pat Shingleton: That Splash is a Biggin

Pat Shingleton: That Splash is a Biggin

Posted 2:30 PM 8/31/2014 by Pat Shingleton

A Labor Day tradition was an invitation from Leonard "Dutch" Shultz. He had a backyard swimming pool and before episodes of Indian Summer, the day was usually hot. Guests contributed a variety of summertime recipes. Their adjacent yard provided additional space for related activities but the pool (More)

8/31/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Hemmed pants and rising water..."

Pat Shingleton: "Hemmed pants and rising water..."

Posted 10:33 AM 8/31/2014 by Pat Shingleton

The first day of school, "way back when," was the day-after Labor Day. Our school year schedule didn't include "days-off" for Mardi Gras and "Spring Breaks." Like most families we subscribed to the traditions of new school clothes, and lunch buckets. Before backpacks, an old belt transported our (More)

8/30/2014

Pat Shingleton: "The Unnamed Storm..."

Posted 4:02 PM 8/29/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Hurricanes Andrew, Camille, Betsy, Gustav and Rita became the comparative storms as we move forward. Another storm was chronicled in a book released in 2008, entitled "Hemingway's Hurricane: The Great Florida Keys Storm of 1935" by Phil Scott. It's called Hemingway's Hurricane because the famous (More)

8/29/2014

Pat Shingleton: "The 'K' Storm..."

Pat Shingleton: "The 'K' Storm..."

Posted 4:01 PM 8/28/2014 by Pat Shingleton

The column today includes an excerpt, presented nine years ago on this date and Katrina's landfall. "After 48 hours of on-air coverage of Katrina, this devastating, catastrophic storm, some comments. In every hurricane conference attended, the New Orleans "model" has occurred. The worst-case (More)

8/28/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Isaac Replaced Allison..."

Pat Shingleton: "Isaac Replaced Allison..."

Posted 3:46 PM 8/27/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Residents of LaPlace remember this date in 2012. Four storms have impacted the Baton Rouge area. Andrew in 1992 shut down our city and Katrina's devastation transported thousands of folks to Baton Rouge. Gustav was the worst storm to hit the city and is known as the hurricane that toppled more (More)

8/27/2014

Pat Shingleton: "August, September-Rough Months..."

Pat Shingleton: "August, September-Rough Months..."

Posted 3:52 PM 8/26/2014 by Pat Shingleton

We'll watch three areas, one in the Gulf and two systems in the Atlantic. The months August and September hold the distinction as the worst months for hurricanes and tropical storms for Louisiana. On August 26, 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall 20 miles southwest of Morgan City. It ranked (More)

8/26/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Dumspter Diving..."

Pat Shingleton: "Dumspter Diving..."

Posted 3:56 PM 8/25/2014 by Pat Shingleton

With access to a variety of weather resources, opinions are easily advanced via social media. Observers can access radar, satellites and forecast models, putting them in the eye of the storm from their home. In 1977, while at the "other" station, my friend and co-worker, Grey Hammett, retrieved (More)

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