Pat Shingleton: "Potholes and an Angry Sea..."
Those that have relocated from Western Pennsylvania to Baton Rouge often share their stories of the dismal wintry weather in the Pittsburgh area. Shakespeare referred to it as the winter of discontent. Not only is it the winter season up north but the “Pot-Hole Season” too. After heavy snow, freezing temperatures and the scrape of a snow plow, streets in the northern extremes resemble a lunar landscape. These holes cause nerve-wracking, bone jarring, wheel bending bumps and sometimes you need the experience of a NASCAR driver to avoid them. Because of the combination of freezing and thawing, roadways flex and crack, crumbling the pavement where cars do the rest. In closing,years ago The Boston Globe reported that the sea was angry on a March day in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. An unexplained and mysterious event at sea transported waves twelve feet high that blasted harbors and damaged docks. Witnesses also reported that many of the waves produced a whirlpool effect. Experts believed it was the result of a squall line surge where rises in ocean levels are created by strong storm winds, moving over the ocean at the same speed as the water. Surprisingly, a strong storm had previously passed Boothbay at the time the high waves hit the harbor. Similar reports occurred in Daytona Beach in 1992 and in Bass Harbor, Maine in 1926.