Posted 3:54 PM 7/17/2014 by Pat Shingleton
On this date in 1689, lightning zapped the altar church of Saint-Sauveur, in Ligny, France. Fifty witnesses watched a statue of Christ levitate and as noted in a previous column, altar cloths were scorched and curtains were blown off their rings but the rings remained on the rod. In 1812, in (More)
Posted 3:49 PM 7/15/2014 by Pat Shingleton
The National Climatic Data Center analyzed climate data from 1981 to 2010 and constructed a map depicting the peak summer heat. Most locations will experience a lot more summer weather and haven't experienced their warmest day of the year. For the southwest, the warmest weather traditionally (More)
Posted 8:37 PM 7/14/2014 by Pat Shingleton
Statistically, nearly 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning hits occur each year. The yearly average reflects 52 people killed each year from direct or near hits. Lightning can strike within ten miles of a thunderstorm. After completing some chores and assignments Sunday evening I decided to (More)
Posted 3:05 PM 7/13/2014 by Pat Shingleton
The British Medical Journal reports that emergency room visits for kids increase as temperatures increase. An online edition of the Emergency Medicine Journal, based their research on patterns of hospital treatments in 21 emergency rooms throughout England. Their data found that a five degree (More)
Posted 2:47 PM 7/12/2014 by Pat Shingleton
Saturday's column recognized the hottest spot in the United States, Death Valley, and a reading of 134 degrees on July 10,1913; the highest temperature in North America and worldwide until September 13, 1922 when El Azizia, Libya, reported 136 degrees. The Death Valley reading was recorded at (More)
Posted 4:54 PM 7/11/2014 by Pat Shingleton
Death Valley National Park incorporates 5,000 square miles in California's Mojave Desert in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The range includes 11,000 foot above sea level peaks. Badwater Basin is 28 feet below sea level. This area records an average rainfall of about two inches per year. (More)...
Posted 4:32 PM 7/10/2014 by Pat Shingleton
In the 1800s, a Chinese-American gardener found a sapling near an orchard brush pile. The slow, patient propagation of the tree advanced its survival for generations. As noted in a previous column, his name was Bing and today his cherries arrive from the high altitudes of the Pacific Northwest. (More)...
Posted 4:31 PM 7/9/2014 by Pat Shingleton
With the persistent wet weather, I located a letter in my files from Doug Haley who catalogued Earth's heaviest recorded rainfall. He noted that 383 inches of rain per hour fell during the Great Flood of the Bible, approximately 4,461 years ago. Citing Genesis 7:12 he writes: "The duration of (More)