Weather - Pat Shingleton Column

9/23/2014

Pat Shingleton: "It's Coloring Time..."

Pat  Shingleton: "It's Coloring Time..."

Posted 4:01 PM 9/22/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Now that it's Autumn, folks in the Northeast will enjoy the changing-of-the-leaves. Each leaf contains anthocyanins that act like a sunscreen and once the chlorophyll breaks down, photosynthesis slows This process retards the absorption of light and excess light damages the leaves. Researchers (More)

9/22/2014

Pat Shingleton: Winter, Spring, Summer and Now.

Pat Shingleton: Winter, Spring, Summer and Now.

Posted 2:44 PM 9/21/2014 by Pat Shingleton

At 9:29 tonight, the Sun slides across the equator, initiating the autumnal equinox. Before the designation of seasons, cultures recognized seasons as either rainy or dry. Others recognized them as growing, harvesting and winter, while others have marked ten or more seasons. The designation of (More)

9/21/2014

Pat Shingleton: Enjoying A Pod, Under the Arbor

Pat Shingleton: Enjoying A Pod, Under the Arbor

Posted 3:05 PM 9/20/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Grapes have advanced to one of the "top crops" for Louisiana. They were also a staple for us in our younger years in Pennsylvania. As noted in a previous column, residents would sink posts, connect bailing wire and plant the young vines in late February or early March. Our vines were very old (More)

9/20/2014

Pat Shingleton: "From the Garden to the Freezer"

Pat Shingleton: "From the Garden to the Freezer"

Posted 4:02 PM 9/19/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Recent wet weather has slightly delayed our sugarcane harvest. The purchase of the "deep-freezer" by my dad in the 1960s became a storage locker for the fruits and vegetables from our garden in Ellwood City, PA. As noted in a previous column, fruit trees included: apple, pear, peach, plum and a (More)

9/19/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Busy as a ______..."

Pat Shingleton: "Busy as a ______..."

Posted 4:02 PM 9/18/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Thursday's column identified China as the most dammed country. Another dam builder is the beaver. Their dams, canals and lodges protect them from predators, provide a food source and building materials. When startled, beavers initiate an alarm on their quiet pools by energetically smacking the (More)

9/18/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Dams, Slowing Down Earth"

Pat Shingleton: "Dams, Slowing Down Earth"

Posted 3:58 PM 9/17/2014 by Pat Shingleton

China was the first to be named in 2007 and still leads that list as the most dammed nation in the world. The United States is second, followed by India, japan, Spain and Canada. In 140 countries, 47,665 large dams exist. Scientists believe that the weight of their water alters the speed of (More)

9/17/2014

Pat Shingleton: "The 16th of September..."

Pat Shingleton: "The 16th of September..."

Posted 3:54 PM 9/16/2014 by Pat Shingleton

On September 16, 2010, Hurricanes Igor and Julia made it to Category 4 status. This marked the first time since September 16, 1926 that two Category 4 hurricanes existed in the Atlantic at the same time for just six hours. September 16, 1999 marked a day of unprecedented devastation for North (More)

9/16/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Your Data, This Storm..."

Pat Shingleton: "Your Data, This Storm..."

Posted 3:42 PM 9/15/2014 by Pat Shingleton

The Gulf water temperature is at its highest, conducive for tropical storm development. Researchers at the University of Miami have joined forces to achieve dual goals. Atmospheric scientists and marine biologists are predicting the severity of tropical storms and evaluating fish migration. Since (More)

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