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: "Busy as a ______..."

    September 18, 2014

    Thursday's column identified China as the most dammed country. Another dam builder is the beaver. Their dams, canals and lodges protect them from predators, provide a food source and building materials. When startled, beavers initiate an alarm on their quiet pools by energetically smacking the water with their broad tail;... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Dams, Slowing Down Earth"

    September 17, 2014

    China was the first to be named in 2007 and still leads that list as the most dammed nation in the world. The United States is second, followed by India, japan, Spain and Canada. In 140 countries, 47, 665 large dams exist. Scientists believe that the weight of their water... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "The 16th of September..."

    September 16, 2014

    On September 16, 2010, Hurricanes Igor and Julia made it to Category 4 status. This marked the first time since September 16, 1926 that two Category 4 hurricanes existed in the Atlantic at the same time for just six hours. September 16, 1999 marked a day of unprecedented devastation for... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Your Data, This Storm..."

    September 15, 2014

    The Gulf water temperature is at its highest, conducive for tropical storm development. Researchers at the University of Miami have joined forces to achieve dual goals. Atmospheric scientists and marine biologists are predicting the severity of tropical storms and evaluating fish migration. Since 2001, one team has been tagging large... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Thirsty Grapes"

    September 14, 2014

    California feeds the nation in a variety of agricultural products. Typically and on average they receive around 30 inches of rainfall. As they await their rainy season, that begins in October, last February there had only been 3.5 inches of rain. Recent rain events have caused flooding in some locations.... more »
  • Pat Shingoeton: "Just One Pane"

    September 14, 2014

    Saturday's column shared the events of The Cathedral of the Nativity in Biloxi. Erected 26 feet above sea-level, it endured 145 m.p.h. winds that rattled its beautiful stained glass windows during Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. Father Tony Arguelles road out the storm inside the Cathedral and provided testimony... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Just One Pane"

    September 13, 2014

    Saturday's column shared the events of The Cathedral of the Nativity in Biloxi. Erected 26 feet above sea-level, it endured 145 m.p.h. winds that rattled its beautiful stained glass windows during Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. Father Tony Arguelles road out the storm inside the Cathedral and provided testimony... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Looking Back Nine Years..."

    September 12, 2014

    This morning's column looks back to 2005. Catholics recognized the birth of the Blessed Mother this past week. At Noon Mass on Sept. 7, 2005, Father Vic Messina incorporated his homily into the Hurricane Katrina's landfall. He referenced The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Biloxi... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "No Beets, No Cola..."

    September 11, 2014

    A refreshment expert recently suggested that climate change may be impacting popular refreshments. Extreme weather affects Coco-Cola's supply of sugar cane, sugar beets and citrus fruits. On a related note, Nike shuttered factories in Thailand due to flooding. The New York Times reports that Jeffrey Seabright, Vice-President for environment and... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "September Remembers"

    September 10, 2014

    This is the first time since 1992 without a tropical storm in September as we watch a low in the Bahamas that could slide into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Statistically 37% of named storms, 47% of hurricanes and 55% of major hurricanes occur in September. Before "naming" hurricanes,... more »

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Weather News

  • A little more sunshine

    September 19, 2014

    A little more sunshine is expected to show its face today as temperatures still stay... more »
  • Gray Thursday

    September 18, 2014

    Mostly cloudy skies are expected on Thursday with showers and thunderstorms developing by the afternoon... more »
  • Backing down

    September 17, 2014

    It will be a hazy and humid beginning to a hot September day. Skies will... more »