Pat Shingleton: (Eerie) Canal
December, 2014 is coming in like a "lamb." Years ago, snow covered Baton Rouge before our Coats for Kids distribution. Historical events for the end of November and the first days of December include extremely cold weather on November 29, 1831. This event "iced-over" the Northeast, closing 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. As noted previously, 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.