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Pat Shingleton: "Flooding and a Famous Tree..."

Pat Shingleton: "Flooding and a Famous Tree..."

Posted 3:53 PM 8/19/2014 by Pat Shingleton

The Hurricane Center in Miami could be identifying a tropical depression today or tomorrow. Many of our readers will remember this date. On August 20, 1969, clean-up from Hurricane Camille was underway. The storm caused flooding and mudslides in the James and York River basins in Virginia. (More)...

Yesterday

Pat Shingleton: "Hold It Down..."

Pat Shingleton: "Hold It Down..."

Posted 7:58 PM 8/18/2014 by Pat Shingleton

The village of Green Bank is nestled in the Allegheny Mountain Range and may be one of the quietest places on Earth. It's the home of the Green Bank Telescope, operating under the auspices of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. In 1958, the Federal Communications Commission created a (More)

8/18/2014

Pat Shingleton: Following the Light

Pat Shingleton: Following the Light

Posted 1:54 PM 8/17/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Louisiana boasts 14 lighthouses, the oldest dating back to 1839. In August, 1789, the First Congress federalized existing lighthouses. Built by the colonists, funds were appropriated for lighthouses, beacons and buoys. As noted in a previous column, the lighthouse safely directed ships through (More)

8/17/2014

Pat Shingleton: Blowing Out the Candle, At the Stick

Pat Shingleton: Blowing Out the Candle, At the Stick

Posted 2:18 PM 8/16/2014 by Pat Shingleton

The Beatles appeared there for the last time in 1966. A 6.9 earthquake happened there in 1989. It was the quietest when Pope John Paul II was there in 1987. Last Thursday, Paul McCartney performed for the final time. Candlestick Park, constructed in the late ‘50s, will become a shopping (More)

8/15/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Geronimo!"

Pat Shingleton: "Geronimo!"

Posted 4:22 PM 8/15/2014 by Pat Shingleton

In May of 2012, Gary Connery donned a wing suit and performed a 3,000 foot base jump onto 24,000 cardboard boxes in Henley Upon Thames for a world record. On July 25, 2012, Felix Baumgartner freefell for four minutes at 536 mph, opening his chute for the worlds highest skydive. On this date in (More)

8/14/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Mid August Headliners..."

Pat Shingleton: "Mid August Headliners..."

Posted 4:01 PM 8/13/2014 by Pat Shingleton

On August 14, 2004, the daytime high was 82, ten degrees under the average. An overnight low of 58 on August 15th, set a record. It was also the coolest ever from August 13th through August 18th. Our summer season has enjoyed three cool fronts: July 4th weekend, July 15th-16th, July 28th-29th. We (More)

8/13/2014

Pat Shingleton: "The Storm, My Daughter..."

Pat Shingleton: "The Storm, My Daughter..."

Posted 3:58 PM 8/12/2014 by Pat Shingleton

The Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Atlantic are quiet but on this date in 1766, a powerful hurricane leveled the tiny village of Trois-Islets on the island of Martinique. As noted, Joseph-Gaspard Tascher was one of the island's wealthy planters and suffered total financial ruin from the (More)

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