A note from the author: Each chapter of this book begins with a factual quote about the weather. It is not necessary that you follow or completely understand them. If they detract from your enjoying the story, feel free to skip them. Note, however, these quotes are not just about the weather. Like any good forecast, they anticipate what will happen in the story and the lives of the characters, and many readers have found making these connections a rewarding experience. Enjoy.