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8/8/2020

Pat Shingleton: "Lighthouses and Anniversaries..."

Pat Shingleton: "Lighthouses and Anniversaries..."

Posted 9:10 AM 8/8/2020 by Pat Shingleton:

This weekend marks the anniversary in 1789 when the First Congress federalized existing lighthouses. Built by the colonists, funds were appropriated for lighthouses, beacons and buoys. The lighthouse safely directed ships through episodes of fog and storms. Sound was also used to guide ships and (More)

8/7/2020

Pat Shingleton: "Where Are We?"

Pat Shingleton: "Where Are We?"

Posted 3:01 AM 8/7/2020 by Pat Shingleton

Without charts or a Global Positioning Satellite system, the only means to determine a sailor or explorer's location on the water could be through celestial navigation. Many years ago a captain's chart was little more than the ship's log. On old maps, a circular directional emblem (More)

8/6/2020

Pat Shingleton: "An Anniversary and Fishy Smells..."

Pat Shingleton: "An Anniversary and Fishy Smells..."

Posted 3:07 AM 8/6/2020 by Pat Shingleton:

Following the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, which resulted in 140,000 deaths, the Makurazaki Typhoon hit the city one month later killing 1,200. The second bombing of Japan was scheduled on August 11 but was moved up two days due to expected bad weather and the originally selected city (More)

8/5/2020

Pat Shingleton: "Maunder Minimum and Serius..."

Pat Shingleton: "Maunder Minimum and Serius..."

Posted 7:16 AM 8/5/2020 by Pat Shingleton:

The aurora and geomagnetic storms are not the only sky events that affect the Earth. Evidence suggests that our planet may be responsive to changes in solar activity. European historians recorded bitterly cold winters, cooler summers, failed harvests and violent storms from 1450 to 1850. The (More)

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