Pat Shingleton: "Chillying Out In July"
During my tenure at the NBC Affiliate in Pittsburgh from 1979 through 1981, I televised my "On-Location Forecasts." Prior to my weather-casts there, this idea originated in Baton Rouge and provided me an opportunity to showcase a forecast within a community event or related occasion. I remember a January afternoon in Pittsburgh, complete with piles of snow and near zero temperatures. I stood on a diving board at a local swimming pool with the "shot" identifying lots of drifting snow on benches and chairs and me in a swim suit. I was attempting to give my viewers a chilling experience and "taped" the segment, later running this On-Location Forecast in mid-July. The presentation included a daytime high of 85 degrees. Obviously I needed the right day to air the segment and match the prediction done that day. Yesterday, while clearing my desk, I found an article in Weatherwise Magazine that noted eleven locations in the United States from December, 2014. Jamestown, North Dakota recorded a temperature of -24 degrees F on the first day of the month. On December 10th, 11.8 inches of snow landed on Syracuse while Walla Walla, Washington hit 71 degrees. Mt. Shasta City, California picked up 4.06 inches of snow on December 11th and Klawock, Alaska reported a daytime high of 52 degrees. Tallahassee recorded 7.44 inches of rain on December 23rd and a day later Salisbury, Maryland hit 70 degrees. Savannah, Georgia made it to 80 degrees on December 28th. my columned experiences are available from www.patshingleton.com.