Pat Shingleton: "Under the Weather and Fake Snow..."
Our weather shifts from warm and dry to wet and cold could be sending some to the Doc’s office. Hopefully, you're not "under the weather" today. Weather ranks as a determining factor in numerous categories. The yield of the harvest and the price of food are determined by the weather. In business and industry, companies depend on more extensive forecasts to ensure productivity. Viewers share with me their arthritic aches during episodes of changing weather and it’s certainly a determining factor in the movement of airborne viruses. Many years ago when sailors were on deck and the elements and the motion of the ocean made them sick, they were ordered below deck to ride out the storm or get “under the weather." In closing, January 2018 for Baton Rouge has already been categorized as a "strange weather month." Here are few items from days-gone-by making the same category. Steam was billowing from the paper mills of Green Bay, WI, on Jan.15, 1999. The steam was trapped under an inversion causing the moisture in the clouds to coalesce into snowflakes. Downwind of the mills, the town of Allouez reported an inch of artificially produced snow. You've heard of lake-effect snow but "ocean-effect' snows occurred on Massachusetts' Nantucket Island on Jan.17, 1997. Arctic air, blown by west, southwest winds over the warm ocean water, dumped 8 inches of snow between the mainland and the island. In 1973, a baby was carried 400 yards by the winds of an F2 tornado near Corey in Caldwell Parish.