Pat Shingleton Column

3/20/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Mom, Snowflakes and Bandaids"

Pat Shingleton: "Mom, Snowflakes and Bandaids"

Posted 3:59 PM 3/19/2015 by Pat Shingleton

Later this afternoon we welcome the start of Spring, also known as the Vernal Equinox.  As we enjoy the blooming Azaleas and patches of daffodils,  folks in the northeast also seek weather relief from the brutal Winter. However, the first day of Spring in the northeast will have another (More)

3/18/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Bird Brains..."

Pat Shingleton: "Bird Brains..."

Posted 3:40 PM 3/18/2015 by Pat Shingleton

I noted yesterday that the buzzards will be returning to Hinckley, Ohio, the swallows are returning to Capistrano and the robins are returning to their northern homes.  I neglected to mention the Purple Martins. Lots of folks have the Martin homes in their backyards, connected to large poles (More)

3/17/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Pig Predictions"

Pat Shingleton: "Pig Predictions"

Posted 10:50 AM 3/16/2015 by Pat Shingleton

After St. Patrick's Day, it is rare for us to record another freeze. The latest freeze date for Baton Rouge occurred on April 13, 1940. It appears that Spring will come in this Friday, "like a lamb."As noted in a previous column, pig farmer, Gus Wickstrom, for many years, extended a tradition (More)

3/16/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Depleting the Source"

Pat Shingleton: "Depleting the Source"

Posted 8:15 AM 3/16/2015 by Pat Shingleton

Earth Gauge posted a report that is of interest to us. Around the world, humans extract one-third of fresh water from underground sources which translates to 36 percent of domestic water and 42 percent of agricultural water. Industrial water draws 27 percent. A we are accustomed to in South (More)

3/15/2015

Pat Shingleton: The Ides of March

Pat Shingleton: The Ides of March

Posted 9:28 PM 3/14/2015 by Pat Shingleton

The ancient Roman calendar was divided into three lunar sections identified as Kalends, Nones and Ides. The ides would fall on the 15th. Interesting weather occurrences include the 15th of March and a record high and low on the same day and the same location. Astoria, Oregon recorded an overnight (More)

3/14/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Green Time"

Pat Shingleton: "Green Time"

Posted 11:12 AM 3/13/2015 by Pat Shingleton

No matter what the event or the parade, it always comes down to that final 24 hours before the event. Josh Eachus, Robert Geauthreaux and "yours truly" have predicted "good parade weather" for this morning. We have always showcased this parade as a "rain or shine" event and fortunately this (More)

3/13/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Green Snowflakes"

Pat Shingleton: "Green Snowflakes"

Posted 12:11 PM 3/12/2015 by Pat Shingleton

A severe March storm impacted the Baton Rouge area in 1993, and an area from Canada to Central America. It formed in the Gulf of Mexico on March 12th, then skipped across the Eastern Seaboard and into the North Atlantic on March 15th. As noted in a previous column, hurricane force winds were (More)

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