"November Events and my Snow Storm"
Historical weather events for the end of November and the first of December include extremely cold weather on November 29, 1831, that led to the closing of New York’s Erie Canal through December. On December 1, 1969, an island was submerged from a stalled low pressure system in the Hawaiian Islands near the French Frigate Shoals. Three feet of water covered the 300 foot-wide Tern Island causing the evacuation of the Coast Guard station. In Claiborne Parish on December 3, 1962, tennis ball sized hail covered the ground and chipped sidewalks in Goodwin as 40 mph winds tore off roofs and another excerpt. In 1979 I commuted just about every week from Baton Rouge to Pittsburgh while doing a stint with the NBC affiliate, WPXI. I would leave my car at the Airport Sheraton, expecting my routine trek through the city to the station. In late November a surprise snowstorm dumped a foot of snow on the city within a couple of hours, delaying my travel time from 25 minutes to four hours. Worse than skidding on the parkway in Pittsburgh was the attire I donned when leaving Baton Rouge that morning – shorts and a golf shirt. Most of the floor crew shouted “Fore,” as I entered the station shivering and snow covered.