Pat Shingleton: "Welcome to March with Potholes"
Welcome to March with a couple of significant weather events. March 1, 1910 noted the deadliest avalanche in United States history. Two trains with carriage cars were stalled on a snowbound grade leading to Steven’s Pass in Washington. The avalanche swept the engines and cars into a canyon resulting in fatalities ranging from 96 to 118 people. The Wellington Station house was also leveled by the avalanche. On this date in 1960 an ice storm snapped hundreds of miles of power and telephone lines in northern Alabama and northern Georgia. A covering of 1 to 4 Inches of ice was reported and 90% of the trees in Dekalb County were damaged as ice remained on the ground in numerous locations until March 11. Finally, 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. Baton Rouge can experience some as well as the 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.