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: "Laboring on Labor Day..."

    September 1, 2014

    As noted in a previous column, this hurricane caused damage in the upper Florida Keys and a surge of 20 feet. Its winds leveled buildings in Islamorada as numerous World War I veteran's lots their lives due to the storm surge. They were constructing the Key West Extension of the... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: That Splash is a Biggin

    August 31, 2014

    A Labor Day tradition was an invitation from Leonard "Dutch" Shultz. He had a backyard swimming pool and before episodes of Indian Summer, the day was usually hot. Guests contributed a variety of summertime recipes. Their adjacent yard provided additional space for related activities but the pool was the place-to-be.... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Hemmed pants and rising water..."

    August 30, 2014

    The first day of school, "way back when," was the day-after Labor Day. Our school year schedule didn't include "days-off" for Mardi Gras and "Spring Breaks." Like most families we subscribed to the traditions of new school clothes, and lunch buckets. Before backpacks, an old belt transported our books for... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "The Unnamed Storm..."

    August 29, 2014

    Hurricanes Andrew, Camille, Betsy, Gustav and Rita became the comparative storms as we move forward. Another storm was chronicled in a book released in 2008, entitled "Hemingway's Hurricane: The Great Florida Keys Storm of 1935" by Phil Scott. It's called Hemingway's Hurricane because the famous author lived 80 miles southwest... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "The 'K' Storm..."

    August 28, 2014

    The column today includes an excerpt, presented nine years ago on this date and Katrina's landfall. "After 48 hours of on-air coverage of Katrina, this devastating, catastrophic storm, some comments. In every hurricane conference attended, the New Orleans "model" has occurred. The worst-case scenario Monday morning mirrored expectations of the... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Isaac Replaced Allison..."

    August 27, 2014

    Residents of LaPlace remember this date in 2012. Four storms have impacted the Baton Rouge area. Andrew in 1992 shut down our city and Katrina's devastation transported thousands of folks to Baton Rouge. Gustav was the worst storm to hit the city and is known as the hurricane that toppled... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "August, September-Rough Months..."

    August 26, 2014

    We'll watch three areas, one in the Gulf and two systems in the Atlantic. The months August and September hold the distinction as the worst months for hurricanes and tropical storms for Louisiana. On August 26, 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall 20 miles southwest of Morgan City. It ranked number... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Dumspter Diving..."

    August 25, 2014

    With access to a variety of weather resources, opinions are easily advanced via social media. Observers can access radar, satellites and forecast models, putting them in the eye of the storm from their home. In 1977, while at the "other" station, my friend and co-worker, Grey Hammett, retrieved four-hour-old satellite... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: End-of-August Storms

    August 24, 2014

    Before Katrina, Hurricane Andrew was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history. On this date, two years ago, we were tracking Tropical Storm Isaac. Gustav was the worst storm to hit Baton Rouge. Andrew recorded five official landfalls including its final landing as a category 3 storm on our coast. Storms... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: A Big Reservoir Down

    August 23, 2014

    On a visit to Las Vegas in 2012, we enjoyed a visit to the Hoover or Boulder Dam and Lake Mead. Hydrologists report that 63 trillion gallons of ground water have been lost in the West due to drought. Lake Mead is at its lowest level since the Hoover Dam... more »

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