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: Foreign Objects

    January 31, 2015

    George Seaman raised Beagle dogs for rabbit hunting in Pennsylvania. As noted in a previous column, George designed an enclosed, elevated pen with enclosures and an open area where the dogs could "do their business." The meshed pen allowed the droppings to fall to the ground below. Our snowball battles... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Snow Block"

    January 30, 2015

    Friday's column shared the wintry weather in Erie, Pennsylvania. Gannon University was located adjacent to the Lake on Perry Square. Our fraternity house was blocks away from campus. Visiting with my frat brothers: Pete Fresina, Dennis Noble, Swede Carlson, Ernie DeSantis, Jim Suppa, "Bullwhip" Wilkins, Eddie Engelmire, Rick Moran and... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Good Foam, Bad Foam..."

    January 28, 2015

    Coastal homes in the northeast are coated with ice from Tuesday's monster storm. Sea water contains dissolved salts, proteins, fats, and dead algae and is laced with organic matter and sea creature excrement. Shaking seawater in a beaker causes surface bubbles and foam. This is replicated when the ocean is... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "A Windy Recital"

    January 27, 2015

    Tuesday's column noted the intense winds in the Pyrenees Mountains, an area referred to as Ampurden. Salvador Dali believed he could harvest this wind and power a pipe organ. More than 20 years after his death, Spanish entrepreneurs fulfilled Dali's dream by constructing a giant wind-powered organ, originally designed by... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Wind and a Pipe Organ..."

    January 26, 2015

    In addition to the winter storm warning a hurricane force wind warning is posted for the northeast. Ampurdan is locagted in northeastern Spain where intense winds blow from the Pyrenees. High pressure downslopes air through mountain passes and is rapidly warmed by compression. As noted in a previous column, these... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Sneaux Days"

    January 25, 2015

    Another Nor'easter has smacked New England. Heavy snowfall, in our younger years, closed schools and after fulfilling the directive of clearing walks and driveways, it was sled riding time. The starting point of the trail was Windover Avenue, taking us over Longview Drive, across Aunt Mae's yard, to the woods below.... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Thawing Before Playing"

    January 23, 2015

    Miriam Johnson was our piano teacher and her three worst students were me and my brothers Denis and Michael. More interested in sports than classical music, it was a challenge for Mom to ensure that daily practices were completed. As noted in a previous column, Saturday morning's lesson began with... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Purgas, Burans and Whiteouts"

    January 22, 2015

    Extreme blizzard conditions where blowing and falling snow reduces visibilities to the point where the sky and the ground appear totally white is a whiteout. New Mexico and portions of Texas experienced these conditions Thursday. One of the fiercest blizzards occurring in the world is the purga or poorga that... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "El Nino UpDate"

    January 21, 2015

    The National Weather Service, working in conjunction with the International Research Institute for Climate Society have initiated their yearly El Nino watch. The term used for the warming of the Equatorial waters of the Pacific, off the west coast of South America, is "ENSO" or "El Nino Southern Oscillation." Experts... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Sky Watching..."

    January 20, 2015

    An elderly lady from Gonzales left a voice-message believing that her eyes deceived her. She noted, "There's a rainbow against the Sun!" She continued, "I need to know what this is, I thought that maybe I cracked!" What she experienced Monday was a halo or sundog. Ice crystals in the... more »

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