Pat Shingleton’s Weather News Saturday, July 6, 2013

Andy Ezell advanced this item. In the 16th and 17th centuries, many products were transported by ship. One product needed by agricultural interests was manure. Dry manure was lighter, so “collectors” would bundle it. The bundles were stored below deck for the journey. In the open sea, salt water and storms often soaked cargo in the lower holds. Wetness returned manure to its original form, activating the fermentation process, thereby increasing methane gas. Ships’ lanterns in proximity to the stowed manure caused explosions and the loss of several ships. The British Admiralty insisted that sailors stow the manure bundles high enough off the lower decks to eliminate water contact. The decree also insisted that all bundles be stamped with an acronym identifying: Stow High In Transit. Fastcast: Showery.

ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION:

TODAY: Noon Rain (Rain Icon) 87/73

SUNDAY: Wet Again (Rain Icon) 88/75

MONDAY: Soggy (Scattered Showers Icon) 90/74

TUESDAY: Muggy (Scattered Showers Icon) 92/74

WEDNESDAY: Steamy (Partly Cloudy Icon) 92/75

THURSDAY: Spotty Showers (Partly Cloudy Icon) 93/74