Learn to “see” the forecast in the hidden weather signs all around you—from the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs
In this eye-opening trove of outdoor clues, groundbreaking natural navigator Tristan Gooley turns his keen senses to the weather. By “reading” nature as he does, you’ll not only detect what the weather is doing (and predict what’s coming), you’ll enter a secret wonderland of sights and sounds you’ve never noticed before: Listen for the way crickets chirp faster as the temperature rises.Spot how snowflakes shrink with colder air and grow just before they stop falling.Let perching birds point out the direction of the wind.Learn why pine cones close up in high humidity.Watch out for storms when clouds are more tall than wide! Most fascinating of all, you’ll discover distinct microclimates with every step you take—through the woods or down a city street. There are unique weather clues to be found on opposite sides of a tree—and even beneath a blade of grass! And once you can read the forecast in every cloud, breeze, sunbeam, plant, and raindrop? You may well delete your weather app!
"It is time to... celebrate the weather signs that few notice," writes expedition leader Gooley (The Natural Navigator) in this ingenious collection of tips and tricks for analyzing and anticipating weather phenomena. Rather than relying on "charts on screens" to predict the weather, readers can look around their surroundings for clues. In a chapter on wind, for example, Gooley advises on how to note wind direction and changes, as "there is a strong connection between wind direction and weather changes." Another chapter covers plants, fungi, and lichens, and encourages readers to feel leaves for their texture, which can determine whether a place has received regular sunshine. Even the human fist, he writes, can help indicate how far away a storm cloud is if "you stretch out your fist on its side" and compare it to the height of a cloud. Gooley's knowledge is highly specialized (he goes so far as to provide the French term for a specific type of cloud, for example), but the wealth of wisdom on offer is impressive. Adventurers in the making will find this worth returning to.