Pat Shingleton for Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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One of the worst storms to hit the United States, at this time of the year, stretched from Canada to Central America. It formed in the Gulf of Mexico on March 12, 1993, and the cyclone moved through the Eastern sections of the country before dissipating in the north Atlantic Ocean on March 15, 1993. Hurricane-force winds were recorded in the Florida Panhandle, Louisiana and Cuba. Tornadoes killed dozens and record cold penetrated the South. This same storm dropped snowflakes on the “St. Patrick’s Day Parade, The Wearin’ of the Green” route the night before the parade. My brother Denis and his family made the trek to Baton Rouge to assist in the parade. We enjoyed raw oysters at Giamanco’s on Government Street, thinking we were back in Pittsburgh.

Fastcast: Perfect.