Pat Shingleton Column

12/13/2014

Pat Shingleton: "Getting Plowed"

Pat Shingleton: "Getting Plowed"

Posted 8:37 AM 12/12/2014 by Pat Shingleton

In our younger years, a heavy snowfall sent us outdoors. Neighborhood pine trees offered a traditional winter prank. I would encourage my brother Kevin to stand under the snow laden branches. I would then vigorously shake the branches, unloading 20 pounds on his head. Another "big snow" treat was (More)

12/12/2014

Pat Shingleton: "The Ship of Trees"

Pat Shingleton: "The Ship of Trees"

Posted 3:57 PM 12/11/2014 by Pat Shingleton

The Rouse Simmons sank during a winter gale on November 23, 1912. For 30 years the schooner brought Christmas trees from Michigan and Wisconsin to Chicago. As noted in a previous column, it would arrive at Chicago's docks in early December, decorated with Christmas lights. The public boarded the (More)

12/11/2014

Pat Shingleton: "December Snow..."

Pat Shingleton: "December Snow..."

Posted 3:56 PM 12/10/2014 by Pat Shingleton

A look-back" to this date in 2008 found a developing low along the Texas coast, tracking northeast, edging closer to south Louisiana. During the evening hours, the National Weather Service predicted a possible "wintry mix" in our area at daybreak. The Channel 2 weather team was "on-the-fence" as (More)

12/10/2014

Pat Shingleton: 'A Shell Game...'

Pat Shingleton: 'A Shell Game...'

Posted 3:57 PM 12/9/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Thousands of years ago, Incans discarded clam shells that today are a key ingredient to climatology. Weatherwise Magazine reports that shell of every clam shell provides evidence of water temperature over a two-to-three-year lifespan. The data of past water temperature is challenging a belief (More)

12/9/2014

Pat Shingleton: 'Nicholas to Claus'

Pat Shingleton: 'Nicholas to Claus'

Posted 3:57 PM 12/9/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Last Saturday was the Feast of St. Nicholas and has been celebrated since the fifth century. As noted in a previous column, Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra which is modern-day Turkey. The Little Blue Book-Advent and Christmas Seasons mentions that Nicholas anonymously aided the needy by tossing (More)

12/8/2014

Pat Shingleton: In Flight Lightning

Pat Shingleton: In Flight Lightning

Posted 8:07 PM 12/7/2014 by Pat Shingleton

When lightning strikes planes, the charges glide from nose to tail or from wing tip to wing tip before discharging. Today, airliners have on-board radar to track storms and wind shear. These technological advances prevent lightning from disrupting an aircraft. As noted in a previous column, over (More)

12/7/2014

Pat Shingleton: Tree Up, Tree Down

Pat Shingleton: Tree Up, Tree Down

Posted 2:57 PM 12/6/2014 by Pat Shingleton

Our unseasonably warm weather won't deter families from heading to the country today to cut a tree. Limited space finds some folks hanging a Christmas tree upside down which could compromise needed water. This practice originated in the 700's. The Little Blue Book for Advent and the Christmas (More)

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