Hot topic to be discussed at libraries

Climate change has become a hot topic, and the Augusta library system has taken notice.

"A lot of people have questions about whether or not we are having strange weather; and if this is out of the norm, why is it happening. Some say it's global warming. Others say it's not," said Sherryl James, the community services librarian for the East Central Georgia Regional Library. "Regardless of how you see it, our weather is something people have been talking about, and I thought it would be interesting to have an expert come in and give us some information."

Leonard Vaughan, a meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will give a presentation on weather at the Augusta Public Library and the Maxwell Branch Library on Saturday.

"I'm going to talk a little about climate change and what affects our climate around here," he said. "Recently, El Nino has come back in the news, and so we'll also talk about that and La Nina and how those patterns affect this part of the country. Usually, depending on which one we're in, it can determine how the year goes as far as weather is concerned."

He will also discuss the hurricane season.

"Though we aren't necessarily near the coast, we can have some interesting effects here from hurricanes," he said. "We'll talk about some things that are good for people to know."

Each presentation will last about 45 minutes. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or


WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Augusta Public Library, 902 Greene St.

COST: Free

INFORMATION: (706) 821-2600

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Maxwell Branch Library, 1927 Lumpkin Road

COST: Free

INFORMATION: (706) 793-2020

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