Weather - Pat Shingleton Column

8/24/2014

Pat Shingleton: A Big Reservoir Down

Pat Shingleton: A Big Reservoir  Down

Posted 2:48 PM 8/23/2014 by Pat Shingleton

On a visit to Las Vegas in 2012, we enjoyed a visit to the Hoover or Boulder Dam and Lake Mead. Hydrologists report that 63 trillion gallons of ground water have been lost in the West due to drought. Lake Mead is at its lowest level since the Hoover Dam was constructed in the 1930s. NBC News (More)

8/23/2014

Pat Shingleton: "House Wind..."

Pat Shingleton: "House Wind..."

Posted 4:00 PM 8/22/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Once a lot is selected, the positioning of the house is determined by the prevailing wind. My grandfather stationed our Pennsylvania house in relationship to the prevailing north wind. Built in the early 1900s, his house had the front door facing west and the back door facing east. The north and (More)

8/22/2014

Pat Shingleton: "What's the Word?"

Pat Shingleton: "What's the Word?"

Posted 4:34 PM 8/21/2014 by Pat Shingleton

I have used the word "Tabascoey" as another adjective for our summertime weather. A few years ago I received a call from a gentleman questioning permission to use "Tabascoey" in my weather forecasts and this column. After numerous barbs, jokes and kidding, he identified himself as the late Paul (More)

8/21/2014

Pat Shingleton:"Charting the History of...The Charter Oak."

Pat Shingleton:"Charting the History of...The Charter Oak."

Posted 3:52 PM 8/20/2014 by p

Furthering Tuesday's column when Dutch explorer Adrian Block described an unusually large white oak growing in a clearing on what is now Hartford, Connecticut. In the 1930s, a delegation of Native Americans approached the property's owner where the tree was located. Intending to remove the (More)

8/20/2014

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)...

8/19/2014

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)

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