Believe it or not, folklore and science have more in common than you might imagine. With The Essential Book of Weather Lore learn how you can... Predict the weather by peeling an onion or examining the bubbles in your coffee. Use plants as meteorological tools by watching how they open and close their flowers or turn their leaves "to show their backs" before rain. Foretell the next storm by observing your cat or dog. Grab for your umbrella it you hear a rooster crow at night....and more! Book jacket.
A fascinating look at weather, including a wealth of unusual proverbial and naturalist lore. Makes the vagaries of the weather comprehensible, from the point of view of naturalists, and both modern and ancient meteorologists. Describes several ""natural barometers,"" and explains the basis of some old-time weather lore. Can one predict rain from the behavior of insects, birds, or other animals? Was there a Great Flood? The author addresses these and many other fascinating questions in entertaining, nontechnical language. Incorporates historical information based on records from past centuries to the present. Illustrated.