The copy being reviewed was an advanced reader copy thus photographs were not visible and the review focuses mainly on the text and illustrations present. I have not read any previous entries in this natural navigation series and was drawn in by the title and description of the book. I thought it might be helpful to young teens as who are interested in nature and developing their skills at reading the world about them. Needless to say, I found myself hooked in by the topic at hand as I began to read. Each section is clearly labeled with what will be examined, a helpful feature if you are simply looking to learn a specific skill such as reading trees. Knowing which trees might be more helpful to hide under from rainstorms and how the wind might wrap around different types may not seem like something you can fill a chapter with, but Tristen Gooley proves that you can. The addition of each chapter title at the bottom of the page next to the page number is extraordinarily helpful if you are flipping through to find a section you want to learn that day. These techniques may seem like a lost art and something not as needed in this modern age, however, such skills can help you become more connected with the world about you outside of digital tethers. You may even appear to be a hero to someone after you lead them to the correct tree to huddle under from a sudden rainstorm or make your kids think you are magic because you knew what kind of weather was coming without looking at a weather app. I am looking forward to seeing the full version of this book and acquiring a copy for my bookshelves.
The most astonishing collection of weather signs ever assembled—from master outdoorsman Tristan Gooley
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!
About the Author
New York Times–bestselling author Tristan Gooley has led expeditions on five continents, climbed mountains in three, and is the only living person to have both flown and sailed solo across the Atlantic. His more than two decades of pioneering outdoor experience include research among tribal peoples in some of the remotest regions on Earth.
“Gooley marshals a riveting compendium of weather-reading skills... he has plenty of facts at his fingertips with which to excite.”—The Times UK
“After 40 years as a professional meteorologist, I've looked at the weather through Tristan Gooley's fresh eyes and seen new things.”—Peter Gibbs, weatherman and BBC Presenter
“Gooley's skill is to piece it all together, make it interesting—and go deeper.”—Cross Country
“This breezy new book reveals how to read nature's very own weather forecast. . . . Full of fascinating trivia.”—Daily Mail
“The Secret World of Weather frames itself early on as an aid to forecasting. . . . But it’s really much more than that. It’s about the ecology of weather, how the movement of air and the heat of the sun negotiate with the forms of hill and tree and building to generate the most wondrous variety of phenomena.”—TheTelegraph