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: "Coloring Raw Eggs..."

    April 18, 2014

    Easter egg hunts in the northeast often include a few snow drifts. Our brother, Mike, resides in Rye Beach N.H., loves Easter egg hunts and is a whacky guy. As kids, he'd hoard his Halloween candy inside a heat duct never learning that the coal furnace melted his stash as... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Titanic Wierdness..."

    April 16, 2014

    "Pat Shingleton's Weather News" is just that, a gathering of items from sources such as The Almanac of the Infamous, Incredible and Ignored. On April 14, 1912, before the Titanic hit an iceberg, Rev. Charles Morgan fell into a fitful sleep filled with frantic voices and crashing waves. Hearing the... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Wind Swept Smelly Sauce"

    April 15, 2014

    Our traditional northwest winds that accompany a frontal passage send "whiffs" to us that are either pleasant or offensive. The paper mills in the Felicianas eject a smell that reminds me of the Heinz plants in Pittsburgh. Flowers Baking Company on Florida Blvd. sends an aroma that reminds me of... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Passover and the Passover Moon"

    April 14, 2014

    Passover began last night at sunset (7:32 PM) and the official full moon rises tonight at 8:10 PM. Astronomers determine a full moon by calculating the percentage of illumination as tonight's moon will have 100% illumination. One school of thought suggests "light" was needed for the Israelites to leave Egypt,... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "What's Wind-Set Down?"

    April 13, 2014

    "Wind Setdown occurs when strong winds blow over water for an extended period of time, shifting the water body downward. As noted in a previous column, this shift causes a low-angle tilt and the upwind shore water level drops. "As the sun sank over the Nile Delta, a man stood... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Wind Setdown?"

    April 13, 2014

    Sunday's column noted an example of "wind setdown" when strong winds blow over water, shifting the water body downward and dropping the water level on the upwind shore. Weatherwise Magazine identified an episode of "wind setdown" in 1882 when Major General Sir Alexander B. Tullock was surveying coastal areas of... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "The Roller..."

    April 11, 2014

    Our Mom, Grandma Shirley, will be 93 this week. She resides in the house where she was born that rests on an acre of land in Ellwood City, PA. We pool our resources to assist her in daily care, house cleaning and property management. Most lawns in that section of... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "A Masterful Course."

    April 10, 2014

    The entrance to Augusta National includes 122 Magnolia trees that canopy the club's entrance. Nine years ago, my son Michael and I enjoyed the final rounds of The Masters. Our friend Paddy Quigley provided guidance, suggesting placement of portable chairs on #18 before walking the course. Our chairs were steps... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Ike and His Trees..."

    April 9, 2014

    In 1943, Augusta National, home of The Masters, suspended play; transformed back into a farm to help the war effort. German prisoners-of- war provided renovation work to erect the famous bridge over Rae's Creek. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, became a member of Augusta and... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Stink Bugs, Azaleas, The Masters."

    April 8, 2014

    Our azaleas traditionally "bloom out" by Mid-March, not the case this year. Groundskeepers and horticulturists at Augusta National control their blooming by covering, icing and even heating the plants. It has been an unusual Spring in the south and southeast. I reviewed a column written by Kaitlynn Riely of the... more »

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