Crazy Weather? There’s a Book for That!



It seems the weather has just been so crazy this year!  Recently, a new weather term (to non-weather experts, anyway) was being tossed around – derecho.   This refers to a widespread, long-lived, straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms.  The damage a derecho causes is similar to a tornado.  The swath of wind damage has to be 240 miles long and have wind speeds of 58 miles per hour or higher to qualify as a derecho.  Conditions were very favorable in the middle of June for a derecho to occur in the Midwest.  The potential existed for 70 million people being affected.   In June of 2012, a derecho caused 13 deaths and caused $1 billion in damages.

Windsor, CT

Windsor, CT

On July 1, 2013, Connecticut experienced a rare occurance – three tornadoes.  An EF0 (wind speeds from 65-85 mph) began in Greenwich and
ended in Stamford.  Another EF0 touched down in Enfield and an EF1 tornado (wind speeds from 86-110 mph) touched down in East Windsor, Windsor and Windsor Locks causing considerable damage.  On July 19th, an EF1 tornado started in Andover, then Coventry and ended in Mansfield.

The Cheshire Library has many books about weather.  They can be found in the Adult non-fiction section under the Dewey number 551.6 and in the Childrens’ section in the same Dewey section.

A few titles that might be of interest are:

  1. Weather by Simon Seymour
  2. Weather by Brian Cosgrove
  3. Wild, Wet and Windy by Claire Llewellyn
  4. The Weather Book by Jack Williams
  5. Complete Idiot’s Guide to Weather by Mel Goldstein
  6. Eric Sloane’s Weather Book by Eric Sloane
  7. The Winds of Change by Eugene Linden
  8. The Weather of the Future by Heidi Cullen
  9. Freaks of the Storm by Randall Cerveny


BOOK REVIEW: Sand Castle Bay by Sherryl Woods

Sherryl Woods is a master storyteller when it comes to bringing small town living alive with warmth, emotions, and character-driven stories.

Sand Castle Bay is the first book in her new trilogy Ocean Breeze.  Emily Castle, the youngest of three sisters, is a very successful interior designer on the West Coast.  She left her life in North Carolina to follow her dreams.  She also left behind the man she loved, Boone Dorsett, a successful restaurateur.  A hurricane barreling straight towards her grandmother’s home has Emily heading back to North Carolina.

Neither Emily nor Boone were looking forward to seeing each other, but it was inevitable.  There is still a lot of built-up emotion between the two.  The hurt, betrayal, and misunderstandings of ten years ago still lingers.  The author weaves a captivating story of these two characters working out their differences to get a second chance at love.  There are complications thrown in – Boone’s young son and his ex in-laws – and trust issues, and it is all told with such attention to detail you feel you are part of the story.  The supporting characters draw you in and make you feel like part of the community.  The author beautifully sets the background for Emily’s two sisters and their stories, and I can’t wait to read the next two books in the trilogy.