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Late summer means thunderstorms and, sometimes, hurricanes, too. Our collection of storm-themed books can be used to learn courage in the face of bad weather and to find resilience in times of change that we cannot control.

18 Story Books on Weather for Kids There’s a riotous energy this time of year: the mad leafing out of plants and trees, crazy bird song at dawn, unruly swarms of biting insects, the palpable freedom of school letting out for summer, and wild weather that can change from snow squalls to thunderstorms within hours. Those first spring storms are greeted with a mixture of excitement and nervousness in our home. Thunder… Read More

Whether identifying clouds as animals or by their proper scientific names, families can look into the sky for opportunities to engage in meaningful cloud-inspired learning. In addition to creating a deepened sense of place through observations, families can help young scientists learn about climate, weather, and the atmosphere by tracking the things they see in the sky.

Despite western Massachusetts’ recent snowfall, this winter still goes on the record books as one of our warmest. While climate change may be contributing, one thing that’s certain is that we’re experiencing the effects of El Niño – but what does that mean? By using online resources and exploring weather science as a whole, families can learn about the local and global effects of this weather phenomenon.

Cloud Rover Observers Wanted As Citizen Scientists What shapes do you see in the clouds?  There may be rabbits, eggs, vines, airplanes, and shoes… and no matter what you see in the sky, NASA wants to hear about it!  The organization’s S’COOL program uses data provided by Citizen Scientists, as well as official weather reports, to track cloud cover across the country. By collecting data on the type of clouds, the height… Read More

Listen to Podcast: MUSIC FROM SOUTH AFRICA EPISODE GUEST DJ, DEBBIE LAN OF GRENADILLA Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am May 19th & 20th, 2012 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA Featured Video: “Re Ya Dumedisa” (“We Wish You Well”) by Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens, accompanied By The Makgona Tsohle Band. New Podcasts ♦ Archived Podcasts ♦ Subscribe to Podcast Radio ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter PLAYLIST Spokes… Read More

Note 5, Weather ❥ I wrote myself a note about the next Mash Note a few weeks ago. I put down one word: weather. My thought process went I should write about my reverence for the seasons while the weather’s still nice. Because frankly, I can’t really abide by winter, since I don’t enjoy feeling cold. And still… Having lived around here for the bulk of 30 years (!) I realize that… Read More

Notes from Nan: And to think it happened at Elmer’s! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Man! You just never know who you’re gonna see at Elmer’s. Last week at this time we had Sonya Kitchell, Erin McKeown and Erica Wheeler all sitting around at breakfast with their guitars and gorgeous voices, jamming together on a theme of pancakes. And just now I walked in to talk to Jim and there was… Read More

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW Water Cycle Episode WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA Tuesday evening @ 7pm 11/20/07 Playlist listen now | subscribe to podcast | archived shows | contests Milkshake – “Rain Day” [Bottle of Sunshine] Scott Flory – “PSA for Rain” [Soundzania] Lunch Money – “Umbrella” [Silly Reflection] Dan Zanes & Friends – “Weather Report” [Rocket Ship Beach] Charity and the JAMband – “Weather Report”… Read More

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