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 Trip with Gramps

    December 21, 2014

    Jack Steckman managed the Locust Grove Cemetery and accommodated graveside services for the community. During Christmas Season evergreen wreaths adorned the graves of loved ones. Jack saved the left-over evergreen branches for Mom who would construct door decorations. As noted in a previous column, the cold weather kept her displays... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: Winter Wind

    December 21, 2014

    Welcome to winter. The direction of the wind is a determining factor as to changing weather conditions. In my younger days, our grandfather would ask us to "check that thar weather vane" on top of the house. As noted in a previous column, where many weathervanes on barns and towers... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: Chester Did It!

    December 19, 2014

    Friday's column identified the difficulties of Chester Greenwood and his ears. His doctor determined that he and his ears were allergic to wool and very sensitive to cold weather. With some assistance from his grandmother, Chester solved the problem by looping two pieces of wire with fur sewn to the... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: An Ear-Lee Warning

    December 18, 2014

    During episodes of cold weather, Chester Greenwood was cursed with throbbing, aching ears. They would change color when the temperature dipped below freezing. His ears would first turn pale white, then vivid red and finally blue. As noted in previous column, Chester had no trouble doing chores when the weather... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: Lift Off

    December 17, 2014

    We continue our column from Wednesday with Wilbur and Orville Wright's designation of Kitty Hawk for their first flight. On September 15, 1903, a Category 2 hurricane hit the Outer Banks with 72 mph winds. When the Wrights arrived at their camp at nearby Kill Devil Hills, ten days later,... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Lift Off..."

    December 16, 2014

    In 1899, Orville and Wilbur Wright never heard of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Requesting wind velocities in the Chicago area from the United States Weather Bureau, Professor Willis Moore forwarded copies of "Monthly Weather Review," containing average wind speeds from across the country. One station was a small community in... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Gloves or Mittens"

    December 15, 2014

    Gloves were in use for November and a couple of days in December. Mittens are more effective for hand warming. Exposed body parts such as ears, nose, toes and fingers are vulnerable. Hunters, fishing enthusiasts and golfers may experience "chilbains," caused by prolonged exposure to cold, damp weather. As noted... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: Tee-Pee Talk Two

    December 14, 2014

    Saturday's column described "winter count," where Native Americans chronicled the winter season. During harsh winters, tribes hibernated and sketched images of battles, deaths of leaders and extreme climate conditions. In 1686, John K. Bear noted "ice all over the land." In 1711 Batiste Good journaled, "four lodges drowned winter" and... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Getting Plowed"

    December 12, 2014

    In our younger years, a heavy snowfall sent us outdoors. Neighborhood pine trees offered a traditional winter prank. I would encourage my brother Kevin to stand under the snow laden branches. I would then vigorously shake the branches, unloading 20 pounds on his head. Another "big snow" treat was "laying-down"... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "The Ship of Trees"

    December 11, 2014

    The Rouse Simmons sank during a winter gale on November 23, 1912. For 30 years the schooner brought Christmas trees from Michigan and Wisconsin to Chicago. As noted in a previous column, it would arrive at Chicago's docks in early December, decorated with Christmas lights. The public boarded the ship,... more »

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