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Cool It!

July is the hottest month of the year. Start taking these simple steps to help beat the heat:
• Open your house to the breeze after sunset and leave it open until dawn.
• In the early morning, draw the shades before the temperature starts to rise.
• To feel cooler, eat cooler. Reduce your protein intake and increase fluids.
• Avoid hot, caffeinated beverages, which are dehydrating.

See more tips on How to Survive Summer Heat, including heat safety tips and the Heat Index Chart.

Too much sun? To ease a sunburn, here are a few home remedies:
• For a mild sunburn, apply cider vinegar, witch hazel, or cold peppermint tea.
• Bathe a sunburned face in buttermilk. It’s great for the complexion, too.
• Add some black or green tea to your bathwater to soothe sunburned skin. Or pat sunburned skin with wet tea bags.
• Wear a hat!

See our new page on Sunburn Natural Remedies for many more soothing solutions!

Quick Clicks

• Who loves the Sun? Sunflowers! See how to grow.
• Check out our Recipe of the Week:
Summer Corn Cakes 
• July 15–25 are the
best days to go fishing, based on the Moon.

At sunset, cut a sunflower while making a wish.
The wish will come true the next day.

Expert Advice

The Summer Triangle dominates the eastern sky in the early evening. The Triangle is bounded by the dazzling stars Altair, Deneb, and Vega, all of which are 1st-magnitude or brighter.

See more highlights of the night sky and get our free printable sky map. See Sky Watch for July.

Come ye into the summer woods;
There entereth no annoy;
All greenly wave the chestnut leaves,
And the earth is full of joy.

–Mary Howitt (1799–1888)



What’s a Heat Wave?

In this short video, we answer a reader’s question: What do people really mean by a heat wave?

Watch video!


Great Almanac Giveaway

Check out this month’s prize:

A collection of Active Lifestyle Products worth $140 from the
Tender Corporation, Littleton, NH.

Weather Lore
Clover contracts its leaves at the approach of a storm.

If corn husks are thicker than usual, a cold winter lies ahead.

If flowers keep open all night, the weather will be wet the next day.

Lightning in the south is a sure sign of drought.

Bees will not swarm,
Before a near storm.

The faster a cricket chirps, the warmer the temperature.

See more weather folklore.

Enjoy our free, printable weather lore calendar.

New! The Kansas City Barbeque Society Cookbook

If you grill a lot (like we do), you may be ready to expand your backyard recipe repertoire!

Here are more than 200 recipes for appetizers, sides, main dishes, sauces, rubs, marinades, desserts — as well as barbecuing and grilling tips, contest lore and legends, and hundreds of photographs that make you feel like you’re at a barbecue competition.

The Kansas City Barbeque Society Cookbook is much more than a cookbook. It’s a fun, colorful, and mouthwatering celebration of the world’s oldest cuisine.