Pat's Column

Pat ShingletonPat has been in broadcasting for 36 years. Since his 1981 return to Baton Rouge as WBRZ’s Chief Forecaster, Pat has accepted many responsibilities. He is the President of Pat Shingleton Productions and has produced, distributed, and syndicated various shows, such as We Play Baton Rouge, The Fifth Quarter, and Hotline After Dark. Since 1992 he has tracked Santa Claus’ location on Christmas Eve with other weathercasters from around the country in his syndicated project, “Santa Tracks.”

In conjunction with his position as a weathercaster for WBRZ, Pat is involved in many community activities. He is a chairperson for several programs, including “Pat’s Coats for Kids.” He developed the concept for the St. Vincent De Paul Society’s “Community Pharmacy,” creating “Fill a Prescription for the Needy.” He originated The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, “The Wearin’ of the Green,” in 1986, and he continues to be the St. Patrick’s Day Parade coordinator.

Pat attended Gannon University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is married to Mabyn Kean Shingleton and has two children, Michael and Katie.

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  • Pat Shingleton: "Those Weather Words..."

    February 25, 2015

    I'll update the unofficial weather dictionary with the following items. "Brincles" are underwater icicles. Fire rainbows form when light reflects from ice crystals in high level clouds while white rainbows form in fog, rather than rain. You may have seen fire whirls. They form when intense heat and turbulent wind... more »
  • "David-507 Years Old..."

    February 24, 2015

    Thousands visit the Galleria dell' Academia in Florence, Italy each year. They view the 17-foot-tall masterpiece of Michaelangelo Buonarroti's biblical shepherd, known as David. Over the years, weather has advanced the aging of the 506 year-old statue. In 1512, lightning struck its base and in 1527 the left arm was... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "De-Home, De-Mold, Dehumidifier..."

    February 23, 2015

    I assisted one of our viewers on Monday who was installing a de-humidifier in his camp to eliminate an increase of moisture when he wasn't using it. With hopes that he is reading this morning's column, another treatment is available. Obviously, the best means of preventing mold is controlling moisture... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: A Scare While Cutting the Turf

    February 22, 2015

    In Ireland; "if you see the mountains, it's about to rain, if you can't- it's raining." Ivar Quigley, is recognized as a champion turf cutter and often "cut the turf." He would then set it aside to dry in the warm sun as the dry peat is later used as... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: The Last of the Airships

    February 21, 2015

    May 6, 1937, marked the end of rigid airships when the Hindenburg exploded at Lakehurst, New Jersey. In February, 1935, the U.S.S. Macon completed a training mission near the Santa Barbara Islands in California. South of Point Sur, it experienced squally weather and attempted to avoid a developing storm. Lt.... more »
  • "Hackin' and Coughin'"

    February 20, 2015

    Josh Eachus posted a report recently on evidence related to a cold and cold weather. Researchers believe a modest chill is good for your vascular system. Mom relied on mustard plasters, Vick's Vapo Rub and salt-water gargling to relieve symptoms. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases verify Josh's... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Shakin' and Boomin'"

    February 19, 2015

    During episodes of hurricanes we may experience the sound of a transformer exploding, loud enough to gain attention. Middle Tennessee residents experienced episodes of loud booms and explosions Wednesday evening. Police and news stations fielded reports from Ashland City, Hermitage, Hohenwald and Nolensville where residents experienced noises that resembled 4th... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Snow Swimming..."

    February 18, 2015

    During my stint with the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, Pa., I created a graphic that identified the number of days without sunshine. If my memory serves me, I believe we logged 53 consecutive days in the clouds. Wintertime diversions included constant trips to the Seven Springs ski resort in addition... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Getting Through February..."

    February 17, 2015

    Our February chill certainly can't compare to the folks in the Northeast that are anxious to get a thaw out and a meltdown. A couple of years ago, Parade Magazine determined the best accessory for snow playing. Earmuffs, wooly socks or sunglasses? Sunglasses, worn on sunny, wintry days prevent photokeratitis... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Snow Bound..."

    February 16, 2015

    Boston's weekend storm broke all the records. Before today, the biggest blizzard in southern New England banged Boston and its coastal areas on February 6, 1978. For the first time in its 106-year-history, the Boston Globe couldn't make deliveries. There was another New England snowstorm that made newspaper headlines. Acts... more »

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  • Watched out

    February 26, 2015

    Tornado and severe thunderstorm watches-alert products from the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center (SPC)... more »
  • Drier but still cool

    February 26, 2015

    Showers are gone for a while, but chilly air is staying put for the near... more »
  • Mid-week washout

    February 25, 2015

    On whatever rating scale you'd like to use, Wednesday will be one of the least... more »