Nature's Weather Forecasters

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Farmers used to say, "When birds stop singing and the trees start swinging, a storm is on its way." Before modern meteorology developed, people depended upon such indicators to warn them about changing weather. Animal and insect behavior, wind direction, cloud formations--all these are good weather predictors. The old mariners' rhyme, "Red skies at night is a sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning" is so reliable that it is still included in naval officers' textbooks. This book shows us how, like our ancestors, we can forecast the weather just by being aware of and understanding signs nature gives us. The call of a katydid on a hot day, for example, can tell us almost exactly what the temperature is, and even the condition of soot in a fireplace will show that rain is on the way. Cold fronts and warm fronts affect the air pressure, the wind, and the humidity in different ways. Sattler points out the clues existing all around us, clues that will enable the readers to make weather predictions often more accurate than the Weather Bureau with all its scientific instruments.

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