Pat Shingleton: "November Snow...Storms"
Ski resorts in Utah and Colorado are open with good accumulations for the start of the season.
The end-of-November begins the snow season with many sections of the United States preparing with
snow removal repairs and salt purchases. The first episodes are welcome, additional episodes are burdensome.
With that noted, here's an example of the "unwelcome" event. From 1979 through 1981, it was my desire
to return to what I perceived was "home" and transferred to the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, WIIC, later named
WPXI. Being recently married it was mutually decided to advance our careers as I commuted to Pittsburgh from
Baton Rouge every week. My wife Mabyn, remained at "home," here in Baton Rouge, to further her advertising,
public relations agency. On this particular Monday morning, I left New Orleans with clear skies and 66 degrees and
landed in Pittsburgh with snow falling at a rapid rate. Once I caught the shuttle to the parking lot, snowfall increased
to a rapid-rate with noticeable accumulations.My customary trip from the airport to PXI's station on the Northside of town
was normally a 25 minute excursion. However, with the "big flakes' coming down, the Parkway East was locked-up and
the Fort Pitt tubes, leading into town were clogged. This November 19th snowstorm advanced to a November 19th
blizzard. In just a few hours, the snow event recorded a seven inch accumulation. My morning wardrobe from New Orleans
included shorts and a golf shirt. With my car stuck in snow, and unable to navigate "Television Hill," my colleagues
gathered me at the base of Federal Street, slip-siding to the station . I was greeted by the floor crew with laughter and....