Pat Shingleton: "Your Acting Hot and Cold..."
Thursday's Daytime high was 87 degrees which placed us within a degree of breaking a record set in 1909. Friday's high was 85 degrees and with two more bumps on the thermometer we would have tied a record high set ten years ago. It’s not unusual to have super cold weather for the early days of November and Sunday will give us a slight taste with an expected high of 66 degrees and a low of 52 degrees. It is rare that the National Weather Service would post a Freeze Warning for the early days of November but it has happened and it did happen on November 7, 2010. The qualifications for a Freeze Warning designate a temperature at, below or near 32 degrees for an extended period of time. These warnings are designed to alert residents of impending danger to tender vegetation. Five years ago today, the mercury dipped to 32 degrees and came within one "click" of the record low of 31 degrees, set in 1939. Years ago my father was visiting south Louisiana at this time of year and was acclimated to Western Pennsylvania’s “drier” cold weather. The cold November weather that he experienced in Baton Rouge felt inherently different, noting that it was more like a damp-cold. After a stroll around our neighborhood he was delighted to banish the chill with what he called a “cut” of Jameson Irish Whiskey.