Extreme Temperature Diary-Tuesday January 17, 2023/ Main Topic: My New Kid’s Climate Book- World of Thermo…Grim Reaping

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Main Topic: My New Kid’s Climate Book- World of Thermo…Grim Reaping

Dear Diary. As many of my followers know, I began publishing World of Thermo allegorical kid’s climate books in 2018. World of Thermo…Grim Reaping is the third book of the series and really is the end of my main trilogy for the books, although there might be other works involving some of my main characters to be published in the future. My main goal here is climate and weather education. Rather than publishing another rather dull middle grade textbook, I’ve opted to weave science with an entertainment story to peak kid’s interest and to amuse adults in the bargain.

I’ve offered to contribute all royalties for book two, World of Thermo…Carbonated, to a deserving youth climate organization if they would offer some marketing help, but there have been no takers so far. Perhaps you who are reading this can offer some suggestions.

Being somewhat Dickensian, the first book published in 2018, World of Thermo…Thermometer Rising, is like the ghost of climate change past, delving into what has led to the current climate crisis up to Katrina in 2005. The second book, World of Thermo…Carbonated, is like the ghost of climate change present, delving into events that have occurred near the present day after 2005. This third book, World of Thermo…Grim Reaping, weaves tales concerning a plausible dystopian future and is the most frightening of these climate fiction books. Just like Dicken’s Christmas Story, my third ghost of climate change future should frighten both kids and adults to confront the climate crisis with a sense of urgency without having anyone give into doomism.

My forward from World of Thermo…Grim Reaping:


This is the third book in my World of Thermo book series meant to educate and entertain kids on the history and hazards of climate change. For adults, these books offer some humorous allegory, showing how silly we as a species have been confronting the climate crisis. Individual chapters are written so that teachers can use them for study lessons.

In book one, World of Thermo…Thermometer Rising, I delved into how carbon pollution slowly began affecting our environment beginning in the 19th and 20th centuries, allegorically using Thermo, the flying thermometer and his protagonist, Carbo, the leader of the carbon dioxide molecules. Carbo and his followers represent uncaring greed in association with fossil fuel interests. Thermo and his climate friends represent all conscientious people willing to stand up and fight for the future of people, plants, and animals on this planet.

In book two, World of Thermo…Carbonated, we find our climate crisis fighting friends battling with Carbo and his allies from after Katrina in 2005 to near the present day. During this period Carbo’s forces outwit Thermo and his gang at nearly every turn. In the real world during the early 21st century, fossil fuel interests have trolled out a lot of disinformation from those wanting to transition quickly to renewable green energy, delaying progress towards a sustainable future for us all. My second book allegorically tells the dark tale of what has been happening in the present time as wildfires, heatwaves, floods and storms get worse.

This third book, World of Thermo…Grim Reaping, is a dystopian future story indicating that we will proverbially reap what we have sown from the last one hundred and fifty years of the Industrial Revolution. The plight of humanity goes from bad to worse as the 21st century moves along. However, through some ingenuity and hard lessons learned, Thermo and Therma plus their human allies eventually win the day over Carbo and Carba’s minions. Similarly, in the real world, the climate crisis will get worse because we have not limited and then stopped using fossil fuels. There is still hope though for everybody to pull together to successfully build a sustainable green civilization. It’s not too late for the world of Thermo, which is allegorically like your own world, to be saved.

Here are some accolades from some high-profile climate folks and authors for my World of Thermo books:

“One of the biggest questions I get is, ‘How do I talk to my kids about climate change?’ This book is the answer – it takes us on an entertaining trip through time, to meet the scientists who’ve studied our planet and what makes it tick.” – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Director of Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University

“One of the great ironies of human-caused climate change is that those who had the least role in causing it—our children—will bear the brunt of its devastating impacts if we fail to act in time. It is urgent that they be educated about the threat and that their voices be heard. World of Thermo uses engaging magical characters to bring the science alive and inform while entertaining.” – Dr. Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science Pennsylvanian State University

World of Thermo is a highly entertaining and superbly illustrated look at climate change and meteorology by an exceptionally well-qualified atmospheric scientist. Guy Walton takes readers on a wonderfully imaginative ride through climatological history as well as providing a learned peek into the disquieting future.” – H. W “Buzz” Bernard, author of Eyewall, Supercell, and Cascadia

“The saga of global climate change is full of twists and turns, invisible agents, all-too-human actors, and some very complex science. In World of Thermo, meteorologist/writer Guy Walton turns this journey into a compelling tale for bright young readers that brings more than a century of climate science and awareness to life.” – Robert Henson, author of The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change

I hope you will support my educational efforts by purchasing copies of these books, and if you can take the time, please review them, in Amazon. Also, please present them to educators and librarians, getting the word out that World of Thermo books can be useful tools for climate and weather lessons. Thanks go to anyone willing to help in these regards.

Here is the link to my third book published on Amazon:

World of Thermo: Grim Reaping: Walton, Guy, Arêde, Laila: 9798367055054: Amazon.com: Books

Here are some “ET’s” recorded from around the planet the last couple of days, their consequences, and some extreme temperature outlooks, as well as any extreme precipitation reports:

Here is more new 2022 climatology:

Here is more climate and weather news from Tuesday:

(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article. The most noteworthy items will be listed first.)


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Guy Walton… “The Climate Guy”

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