Pat Shingleton: "Corn, Bourbon and Storms..."
When Thomas Jefferson was Governor of Virginia, he designated 60 acres of land in
Bourbon County, Kentucky for farming. Pioneers were instructed to build a permanent
structure to raise, store and export "native corn." Corn was too perishable and bulky for
transporting. Families consumed limited amounts of it so ingenious farmer’s utilized
Kentucky's resources of water, climate and white oak trees to create Kentucky Bourbon.
A manufacturing boom in Kentucky continues to break records and create jobs. Production
of bourbon has increased 29% with more bourbon in Kentucky than people and the secret
to the demand is overseas sales. Similar to Baton Rouge, Kentucky's iron-free water makes
the best bourbon. Finally, on November 18, 1421, wind driven waves from an intense storm
breached Dutch dikes. Records state 72 villages were leveled, killing more than 10,000 and
is known today as the St. Elizabeth Flood. A tornado outbreak on November 20, 1900 caused
extensive damage in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama killing 77.
Replicating this weekend, on November 16, 1989 a deep cold front cranked up 58 mph winds
in New York. In Manhattan these winds snapped an I-beam from a 21 story building.