The Weather Detective: Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs

Dutton. Jun. 2018. 208p. illus. index. ISBN 9781524743741. $20; ebk. ISBN 9781524743758. NAT HIST
Wohlleben (The Hidden Life of Trees) worked for the German forestry commission for more than 20 years and currently runs environmentally friendly woodland. In the beginning of this latest work, the author shares how readers can predict the weather in the short term by using natural phenomena such as sky color or the amount and type of cloud cover. He then discusses astronomy, the characteristics of the four seasons, the impact of climate change, soils and soil fauna, native vs. invasive plants and animals, and predator/prey relationships, all tied to a garden setting. The work includes both metric and imperial measurements; the weather patterns and many wildlife examples are native to England or continental Europe, though most of the information can be extrapolated by interested readers. Tristan Gooley's The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs offers a more comprehensive discussion of deciphering the mystery of the great outdoors.
VERDICT An inviting and easily understandable look at weather and natural phenomena that will appeal to weather, nature, and gardening buffs, and all who want a better understanding of nature's processes.
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