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Hurricane Season

This year's hurricane season began on June 1 and continues through November 30. The National Hurricane Center's list of names for 2013 includes this year's first named storm, Andrea, as well as Chantal, Humberto, Karen, Rebekah, and Wendy. Read about some of the storms of the past and how they have affected the people in their paths.

Florida's hurricane history by Jay Barnes ; foreword by Steve Lyons

Dark wind: a true account of Hurricane Gloria's assault on Fire Island by John Jiler

Isaac's storm: a man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history by Erik Larson

Hemingway's hurricane: the great Florida Keys storm of 1935 by Phil Scott

Storm of the century: the Labor Day hurricane of 1935 by Willie Drye

Weather Behaving Badly

If you're wondering just what in the world is happening with our weather lately, the National Climatic Data Center at NOAA has the answer. According to their recently released report State of the Climate: National Overview for June 2012, the 12-month period from July 2011 to June 2012 was the warmest on record for the contiguous United States. (Their records go back to 1895.) The national average temperature was 3.2 degrees higher than the long-term average, with every single contiguous state except for Washington warmer than average temperatures. In addition, the period from Januray to June 2012 was the warmest first half of a year on record. For more reading on weather and what it has done — and can do — check out some of these titles:

The great warming: climate change and the rise and fall of civilizations by Brian Fagan

The winds of change: climate, weather, and the destruction of civilizations by Eugene Linden

Online Storytime: Weather

Miss Marianne and Miss Kristel tell stories and sing a song all about clouds, rain, and the Sun.

Summer Reads

It's hot outside! Kids, enjoy some books about how others beat the heat. If you want to cool off, chill out and read a book at the library — we have air conditioning! Here are some hot summery picture books and easy reader books. Keep cool, and don't forget your sunscreen!

Amanda Pig and the really hot day by Jean Van Leeuwen; pictures by Ann Schweninger

Hot dog by Molly Coxe

Clifford keeps cool by Norman Bridwell

Put a Smile on a Grey Day

Grey weather getting you down?  One of my favorite books with some good rainy day chapters is Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary.  Curl up with a good Ramona story, check out Ramona online, or if you're really feeling adventurous, grab your galoshes and raincoat and splash in a few puddles!