Pat Shingleton: "Green Snowflakes"
A severe March storm impacted the Baton Rouge area in 1993, and an area from Canada to Central America. It formed in the Gulf of Mexico on March 12th, then skipped across the Eastern Seaboard and into the North Atlantic on March 15th. As noted in a previous column, hurricane force winds were recorded on the Florida Panhandle, Louisiana and Cuba. Fatal tornadoes occurred with record cold in the Deep South. This same system dropped snowflakes on the parade route the night before the "St. Patrick's Day Parade, The Wearin' of the Green." My brother Denis has assisted in every parade, making the trek from Fort Worth to Baton Rouge in icy conditions. We enjoyed icy oysters at Giamanco's on Government Street, remembering earlier Irish snowstorms.