ITHACA, N.Y. — Getting to the latest edition of “Sing Me a Story! Read Me a Song!” is easier than ever as TCAT is offering free rides to the event at the Tompkins County Public Library on Thursday.Parents looking for a fun event for kids during winter break can stop by the library for shows at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in the BorgWarner Community Room of the library to hear books performed by John Simon and Cal Walker. In honor of the bus drivers of TCAT, which is offering free rides to the event, Simon and Walker will debut the new song, “The Wheels on the TCAT bus.”The song was “created especially to honor TCAT and TCAT bus drivers who serve our community by helping children and families in Tompkins County get ‘all through the town’ every day, in all kinds of weather!” a news release said.Event flier that can be used to take TCAT free to the event Thursday. (Provided Photo) Tagged: children’s reading connection, sing me a story read me a song Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: Kelsey O’Connor The “Sing Me a Story! Read Me a Song!” series organized by the Children’s Reading Connection launched as a national pilot initiative in December. With the series, CRC founder Brigid Hubberman wants to “inspire, create, and promote efforts that build a culture of family and community literacy.”As part of the event Thursday, Simon and Walker will perform several children’s books featuring songs, including “Brown Bear,” “Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom” and “Hush,” with music written by John Simon. Walker will also perform the morning song, “Incredible Day.”Admission to the event is free and rides there by TCAT are free. To get a free ride to the event, people can show their library card or an event flyer as their ticket.Sets of the books will be available Thursday at the library, and they are also available for purchase at Buffalo Street Books. Free performances by Walker and Simon will continue every month this year and are geared toward families with young children.According to CRC, “funding is being sought to provide the set of six books and audio recordings to all pre-kindergarten and Head Start children and their families in Tompkins County. CRC looks forward to sharing this model initiative with other communities in New York State and beyond soon.”Learn more about the event and Children’s Reading Connection at www.childrensreadingconnection.org. Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor
donald_gruener/iStockBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A rare hurricane warning was in effect for parts of Hawaii overnight as Hurricane Douglas passed dangerously close to the state.The warning has since been canceled, but Douglas is still bringing Hawaii gusty winds, flooding rain and life-threatening surf.Hurricanes don’t make landfall in Hawaii or even make it to the Hawaii waters very often. Only two hurricanes in recorded history have made landfall in Hawaii: Hurricane Iniki in 1992 and Hurricane Dot in 1959.Why are Hawaii hurricanes so rare? There are a few reasons.One is that the Hawaiian islands take up such a small amount of space in the Pacific Ocean, Earth’s biggest ocean.The odds of a hurricane colliding with 10,931 square miles of islands in 6,246 million square miles of Pacific Ocean is very small.Compare that to Florida, for example, which covers 65,755 square miles and is part of the eastern seaboard of North America, which in itself offers an even larger, vastly easier-to-hit target for Atlantic Hurricanes.Second, there’s a strong, subtropical, high-pressure build to the north of Hawaii during the central Pacific hurricane season. That sends drier, more stable air into the hurricane path, inhibiting thunderstorms from persisting and staying clustered near the cyclone’s center.Also, the wind shear — the change in wind speed and/or direction with height — is typically stronger near Hawaii, acting to displace thunderstorms from the cyclone’s center.Finally, cooler sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean east of Hawaii keep the air somewhat cooler above the water. This increases the stability of the atmosphere, making it less susceptible to forming and maintaining thunderstorms.Favorable ocean water temperature for a hurricane to strengthen is 79 degrees or higher. The water east of Hawaii is usually in the lower to mid 70s. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.