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Pat Shingleton: "St. Elmo's Fire and Thomas Jefferson"

Pat Shingleton: "St. Elmo's Fire and Thomas Jefferson"

Posted 8:14 AM 11/15/2019 by Pat Shingleton:

Elmo is derived from Erasmus and St. Elmo was a fourth-century martyr and the patron saint of sailors. St. Elmo’s fire is a harmless glow appearing on high objects such as the topmast of a ship or the wing tips of a plane. It forms when misty air ionizes around the tip of an object. (More)...

11/14/2019

Pat Shingleton: "Stocking Rates and Kidney Stones"

Pat Shingleton: "Stocking Rates and Kidney Stones"

Posted 9:04 AM 11/14/2019 by Pat Shingleton:

A "stocking rate" reflects how many animals a designated area of acreage will support. The unpredictability of precipitation causes difficulty for Great Plains ranchers to estimate this rate. Scientists developed a new computer model to assist by extrapolating National Weather Service seasonal (More)

11/13/2019

Pat Shingleton: "Ice Houses and Monarchs..."

Pat Shingleton: "Ice Houses and Monarchs..."

Posted 1:29 AM 11/13/2019 by Pat Shingleton:

No "Icy" weather is expecting this morning but a record low should be posted into the weather almanac.  Late Tuesday we slid to 30 degrees and (More)

11/12/2019

Pat Shingleton: "The "V" Formation and November events"

Pat Shingleton: "The "V" Formation and November events"

Posted 3:18 AM 11/12/2019 by Pat Shingleton

Luke Guarisco, called last Thursday to check the forecast, mentioning that he just got his shotgun “sighted” for duck season.  Geese fly in a "V" formation, providing the flock with 71% greater flying range than if each was on its own.  Flying out of formation causes a goose (More)

11/9/2019

Pat Shingleton: "A Bridge, Your Wine and Bourbon..."

Pat Shingleton: "A Bridge, Your Wine and Bourbon..."

Posted 9:14 AM 11/9/2019 by Pat Shingleton:

Imagine 30 to 35 mph winds swaying, buckling and toppling the Sunshine Bridge... On November 8, 1940, residents of Tacoma, WA  were stunned as to what occurred the day before.  On November 7, 30 to 35 mph winds caused the Narrows Bridge in Tacoma, WA, to vibrate excessively. Moments (More)

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