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: "A Corny Halloween Prank"

    October 30, 2014

    More than 50 years ago, cold, rain or snow never cancelled our Halloween. As noted in previous columns, gardens in the neighborhood found lingering corn stalks with an ear or two. The gravel-like kernels were twisted from the cob and separated into paper bags. When the shucking ended a prank... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Super Sandy and The Perfect Storm"

    October 29, 2014

    On this date in 2012, New Jersey residents were experiencing the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. In 1991, another storm, referred to as the Halloween Storm, lashed the North Carolina coast for five days. Hurricane-force winds pounded New England and New Jersey causing the highest tides on the Eastern Seaboard since... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "No Water... No Lawns..."

    October 28, 2014

    California's drought is not a temporary obstacle but a long term consequence. The region has endured decades-long periods of drought, something the state is likely to endure in years to come. Researchers have constructed simulations to determine how California can handle an extensive 70-year-drought. Experts expect the state can continue... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "From '26 to '15?"

    October 27, 2014

    Tropical Storm Hanna is hugging the Nicaraguan/Honduras border as the eighth storm of the season. Meanwhile, Florida has gone 3,270 days without a hurricane. The last time this streak occurred was between 1980 and1984. The strongest storm on record that hit Miami was "The 1926 Hurricane." Experts believe that if... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: Are you Familiar with These?

    October 26, 2014

    Saturday's column noted the origin of the term "threshold." The origin of this food stuff recognizes a slab of bacon as a sign of a wealthy man who "could really bring home the bacon." As noted in a previous column, sharing the bacon led to guests - "chewing the fat."... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: Dirty Babies, Wet Floors

    October 25, 2014

    Our daily bath or shower is routine but not the case years ago when the "man of the house" enjoyed the privilege of clean water for his bath. As noted in a previous column, Dad's "scrub-up" was followed by the other sons, then the women and finally the babies. The... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Cider, With a Punch!"

    October 24, 2014

    A hoedown is a dance or traditional fiddle tunes. Octobers in high school included the Varsity "R" Hoedown, a fundraiser for the athletic teams that included food, music and cider drinking competitions. One contestant spilled a mug of cider. As my brother Mike cleaned the mess, Bobo Tincani stepped into... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: Raining, On a Scale of 1 to 10

    October 23, 2014

    On October 23, 1947, a cafe in Marksville was suddenly filled with news that fish were falling from the sky. As noted in an archived column, a biologist for the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries provided this account: "In an 80,000 square foot area, thousands of freshwater fish, native to... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: A Hail of A Blast

    October 22, 2014

    In 1907 the Italian Royal Academy of Sciences noted that tests of anti-hail cannons weren't effective and urged the government to cease encouraging expensive and useless work. By the early twentieth century, anti-hail cannons disappeared. Replacing them were rockets that would explode 800 grams of dynamite, above the ground, to... more »
  • A Blast from the Past

    October 21, 2014

    Luigi Bombicci, a mineralogist from Bologna, Italy, believed that hail could be prevented. In 1880, his theory of "spherohedron" described the hailstone's process of crystallization and preventing hail development with sound. In 1896, Albert Steiger, Mayor of Windisch-Feistritz, Austria, made the first attempt to defeat hail with the force of... more »

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