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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

By Aries Jones, Intern

When I leave the house in the mornings, I make sure I go equipped with umbrella, coat, wind-breaker, and sunscreen. If you have lived in Texas long enough, you may have begun to follow this same routine as well. Every day is a surprise when it comes to weather in Texas, especially in Houston. It could be extremely chilly in the morning, blistering hot in the afternoon, and unbelievably windy in the evening—with the occasional five-minute thunderstorm. With randomized weather like this, how can we keep up?

WaterCycle_cvr(small)But don’t worry, because that is all about to change. Meteorologists believe the Lone Star State should be expecting a lot of rain this fall through early spring due to the El Nino effect. In addition, we should be expecting below-average temperatures during the next few months as well. With this new information in tow, we can finally replace that 100 SPF sunscreen with a good pair of rain boots.

Now with this rainy season approaching, it is expected that many children will be staying indoors. Instead of being online or playing video games, why not offer them a couple of books to read about what’s going on with the weather outside?

One great book that informs children about the weather and how it works is Anthony Yanez’s A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle. The story follows two drops of water, Jake and Alice, who go on an adventure through different stages of the water cycle. Children have various opportunities to learn about what causes rain and different types of storms to occur.

Another book I recommend is Coert Voorhees’s Storm Wrangler. Kids can join our storm-fighting hero as he tackles every form of bad weather be it rain or hurricane. Once he’s finished calming the storm, he brings out a nice and clear sunny day for all to enjoy. Here, children learn about overcoming the fear of thunderstorms, and accepting that they are natural occurrences.

Both books offer a plethora of chances for kids to learn about rain, as it rains. A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle offers fun facts about water and what causes rain and thunder storms. There is even a chart on the back that shows the entire water cycle, and encourages children to track Jake and Alice’s adventure. In Storm Wrangler, there is a glossary of weather terms in the back that anyone can learn. What better way for your child to spend a drizzly day than staying in and reading a couple of fun and educational books!

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-weather/article/Rainy-weather-likely-to-continue-all-year-as-El-6378200.php

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