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: "Harvesting the Pumpkin Patch..."

    November 23, 2014

    It originated as a day to give thanks for the harvest, to embrace relationships between family and friends and an invitation to neighbors. As noted in a previous column, original traditions included the wild turkey and the pumpkin pie. Long before the arrival of pilgrims, pumpkins were used as a... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Home From College..."

    November 22, 2014

    Turkey and weather compliment Thanksgiving. Back in the old college days we would load as many guys into a car as possible for the trek home. At Gannon University, Marty DeRose was the wheel man, transporting fraternity brothers to Meadville, Ellwood City and Beaver Falls, PA. We left Erie on... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "A Weatherman-Snow Stuck"

    November 21, 2014

    From 1979 through 1981, I commuted to Pittsburgh from Baton Rouge every week. I "returned home" to showcase the weather on WPXI, the NBC affiliate. My wife Mabyn, remained at "home," here in Baton Rouge. On one Monday morning I landed in Pittsburgh with snow falling at a rapid rate.... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "It's in the Water and Trees..."

    November 18, 2014

    When Thomas Jefferson was Governor of Virginia, he designated 60 acres of land in Bourbon County, Kentucky for farming. Pioneers were instructed to build a permanent structure to raise, store and export "native corn." Corn was too perishable and bulky for transporting. Families consumed limited amounts of it so ingenious... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Before UFO's..."

    November 17, 2014

    During the very early days of air travel, unidentified flying objects were not referenced when folks looked to the skies. On November 17, 1896, hundreds in Sacramento watched three lights, illuminating a dark and stormy sky. The unusual object traveled 350 yards as it skirted rooftops. Five days later the... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: 'A Quack Up...'

    November 14, 2014

    It's opening day of Duck Season for the Coast and West Zones. Luke Guarisco holds the title as champion duck caller for Avoca and Pecan Island Duck Clubs. Along with the Duck Dynasty stars, Austin McCullough and Hayes Alexander, Luke judges callers. Geese fly in a "V" formation to provide... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald..."

    November 13, 2014

    The Great Lakes can be treacherous at anytime of the year, but especially in November. An example is November 10, 1975 and a powerful storm that sank the cargo ship, Edmund Fitzgerald. It was the theme of a song by Gordon Lightfoot as the storm claimed the lives of 29... more »
  • Pat Shingelton: "Tree Tapping..."

    November 12, 2014

    With the sugar cane harvest completed, the production of molasses will continue. The Mancivalano family operates the Adams Farm in southern Vermont. Since 1865 the farm has included a dairy, timber production and the construction of sap tanks. The mainstay of the farm is its production of maple syrup. Ideal... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "An Outdoor Message"

    November 11, 2014

    The folks at Lamar Outdoor Advertising may want to consider the actions of researchers in Peru. Peru's University of Engineering and Technology tested billboards that scrub air pollution and convert it to clean air. The billboards use an air filtration system that uses water to cleanse the dirty air by... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Battlefield Forecasting..."

    November 10, 2014

    In this morning's Advocate there will be examples of veterans that have served, sacrificed and embraced their duty for our country. It is celebrated on the same day as the signing of the Armistice, ending World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.... more »

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