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Pat Shingleton Column

7/23/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Father Hurricane"

Pat Shingleton: "Father Hurricane"

Posted 5:38 PM 7/22/2015 by Pat Shingleton

The recent opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington and future opening of the American Embassy in Havana suggests a renewal of relations long ago.  Meteorological relationships with Cuba and the United States were never breached following Fidel Castro's decision to align with the Soviet (More)

7/22/2015

"I Scream, You Scream..."

"I Scream, You Scream..."

Posted 5:55 PM 7/21/2015 by Pat Shingleton

My wife Mabyn and I enjoy taste tests... we've taste tested everything from wine and Irish Whiskey to homemade pickles and marinara sauce, made from our home grown tomatoes and cucumbers. As a "sidebar," imagine commuting every weekend from Baton Rouge to Pittsburgh... We did that from 1979 (More)

7/21/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Johnstown Floods"

Pat Shingleton: "Johnstown Floods"

Posted 6:24 PM 7/20/2015 by Pat Shingleton

Needed rain in California has prompted Flash Flooding in many locations. Strong downpours compromised a bridge and some of the shower activity could quiet persistent forest fires. Following the Johnstown Pennsylvania Flood of 1889, a flood control system was constructed in the Little Conemaugh (More)

7/18/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Dry for Us, Wet for Them..."

Pat Shingleton: "Dry for Us, Wet for Them..."

Posted 5:33 PM 7/17/2015 by Pat Shingleton

The last time we had measurable rain was July 6th and that was four days after the anniversary-death of the Bishop of Winchester. I posted in my column then: "The Bishop of Winchester, a Benedictine monk, died July 2, 862. His deathbed request insisted that he be buried outside his cathedral so (More)

7/17/2015

Pat Shingleton: "The Old Course, The Old Forecast..."

Pat Shingleton: "The Old Course, The Old Forecast..."

Posted 9:28 PM 7/16/2015 by Pat Shingleton

You may have noticed a few golfers wearing stocking hats.  Not in Baton Rouge, but in Fife, Scotland at The Old Course where weather has always been a factor. The 144th British Open began Thursday, the oldest of the four major tournaments, with daybreak showers then overcast conditions and (More)

7/16/2015

Pat Shingleton: "Croaks and Chirps"

Pat Shingleton: "Croaks and Chirps"

Posted 9:33 PM 7/15/2015 by Pat Shingleton

Years ago we attended an engagement party at our friends home, Jan and John Valluzzo.  Their backyard was decorated beautifully for the event complete with a symphony. It wasn't the prestigious Baton Rouge Symphony but a symphony of croaking frogs. The backyard racket, as John called it, was (More)

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