Pat Shingleton Column

1/23/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Purgas, Burans and Whiteouts"

Pat Shingleton: "Purgas, Burans and Whiteouts"

Posted 3:51 PM 1/22/2015 by Pat Shingleton

Extreme blizzard conditions where blowing and falling snow reduces visibilities to the point where the sky and the ground appear totally white is a whiteout. New Mexico and portions of Texas experienced these conditions Thursday. One of the fiercest blizzards occurring in the world is the purga (More)

1/22/2015

Pat Shingleton: "El Nino UpDate"

Pat Shingleton: "El Nino UpDate"

Posted 3:54 PM 1/21/2015 by Pat Shingleton

The National Weather Service, working in conjunction with the International Research Institute for Climate Society have initiated their yearly El Nino watch. The term used for the warming of the Equatorial waters of the Pacific, off the west coast of South America, is "ENSO" or "El Nino Southern (More)

1/21/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Sky Watching..."

Pat Shingleton: "Sky Watching..."

Posted 3:58 PM 1/20/2015 by Pat Shingleton

An elderly lady from Gonzales left a voice-message believing that her eyes deceived her. She noted, "There's a rainbow against the Sun!" She continued, "I need to know what this is, I thought that maybe I cracked!" What she experienced Monday was a halo or sundog. Ice crystals in the upper (More)

1/20/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Water Carriers-Eddies..."

Pat Shingleton: "Water Carriers-Eddies..."

Posted 3:50 PM 1/19/2015 by Pat Shingleton

Mesoscale eddies are spinning bodies of water that grow as large as 500 kilometers in diameter. These eddies can also exist from days to months before being absorbed into surrounding water. Scientists at the University of Hawaii reviewed satellite data from 1992 through 2010. Their research (More)

1/19/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Waxing Poetic"

Pat Shingleton: "Waxing Poetic"

Posted 11:04 AM 1/18/2015 by Pat Shingleton

In the 1880s, Dr. Charles Fleet invented Chapstick. The tubular ointment contains camphor, bees wax, menthol, petrolatum, phenol and aloe. Chapstick sales increase during the winter months. One ingredient was used for another treatment. Personal hygiene, couldn't match today's regimens, as acne (More)

1/18/2015

Pat Shingleton: Dropping the Grate..."

Pat Shingleton: Dropping the Grate..."

Posted 8:23 AM 1/17/2015 by Pat Shingleton

Before gas furnaces, many relied on the coal furnace. From the basement of the home the burning coal heated an iron "bell" that radiated heat into the rest of the home through a network of insulated ducts. As noted in a previous column, the radiated heat ultimately made it into registers that (More)

1/17/2015

Pat Shingleton: "My First Column..."

Pat Shingleton: "My First Column..."

Posted 3:54 PM 1/16/2015 by Pat Shingleton

On this date in 1999, the first column of "Weather News" appeared on the "back-side" of the Advocate's "B" section. As noted in a previous column, I hounded Linda Lightfoot until she acquiesced with special thanks to the Smiley Anders School of Column Writing. Thanks to the readers for permitting (More)

1/16/2015

Pat Shingleton: "On the Run..."

Pat Shingleton: "On the Run..."

Posted 4:48 PM 1/15/2015 by Pat Shingleton

I'm stealing the thunder of my colleague Josh Eachus who posted an interesting column on ideal running conditions. French researchers found that thermometers registering readings in the lower 40s produce the fastest marathon times. This was determined by examining running times for 1.8 million (More)

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