The Secret World of Weather

The Secret World of Weather Review

In The Tristan Gooley Weather Book, bestselling author Tristan Gooley turns his gaze up to the sky, bringing his signature brand of close observation and eye-opening deduction to the fascinating world of weather. Every cloud, every change in temperature, every raindrop, every sunbeam, every breeze reveals something about our weather—if you know what to look for. Before you know it, you’ll be able to forecast impending storms, sunny days, and everything in between, all without needing to consult your smartphone.
 
But The Tristan Gooley Weather Book goes far beyond mere weather prediction, changing the very way we think about weather itself. Weather is not something that blankets an area; rather, it is something that changes constantly as you walk through woods or turn down a street. The weather is never identical on two sides of a tree—or even beneath it. Take, for example, Gooley’s remarkable discovery that breezes accelerate beneath a tree. To Gooley, this is “weather,” a tiny microclimate that explains why people sit beneath a tree to cool down—not only for the shade but, subconsciously, for cooler breeze. And so Gooley shows us not only what the weather will be like five days from now, but also what to expect about the weather around every corner.
 
By carefully observing the subtle interplay of wind, cloud, fog, temperature, rain and many other phenomena, we not only form a deeper understanding of weather patterns, but we also unlock secrets about our environment. Weather forms our landscape, and landscape forms our weather. Everything we see in the sky reflects where we are. When we learn to read weather’s signs, Gooley shows us, the weather becomes our map, revealing to us how it has made our towns, cities, woods, and hills what they are. You’ll never see your surroundings the same way again.

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    The Secret World of Weather Reviews

  • Alicia Bayer

    I love the topic, love the idea, even love the cover of this book. I didn't really love reading it, though, which came as a surprise. It's very text heavy and science heavy (usually a good thing for m...

  • Alice

    I love Tristan Gooley’s books. I feel like I am garnering secrets of the natural world from a pal with tidbits to share. A few of my favorites are spiders that find their way to ships at sea by usin...

  • Bernie Gourley

    A couple of weeks ago, I was reading an article discussing the numerous types of human intelligence. While I firmly believe that the traditional notion of intelligence is sorely inadequate, the social...

  • Brenda

    What a fabulous, fabulous book! Written by a sailor and pilot in a conversational tone, the information and knowledge is mind blowing, written with wit and helpful illustrations. No exaggerating...thi...

  • Brenda

    I was pleased to be given the opportunity to read this ARC. My husband and I are amateur weather watchers and enjoy learning more whenever given the chance. We both read this book so the review is a c...

  • Megan

    The Secret World of Weather is a wonderful explanation of not only the weather as a larger concept, but of what really makes up the specific world we live in. From microclimates to sun pockets to clou...

  • Joan

    This is a fascinating book. I check the weather forecasts frequently but the nearest weather service is over sixty miles away. I live in the rain shadow of mountains and at the east end of a strait bo...

  • Carolyn Bragg

    There is a much used quote many of us only know the first part of:"There is nothing new under the sun and few who take the time to see any of it."I have always been interested in weather; the science,...

  • Kathleen Gray

    You might THINK you know a lot about the weather (and you might) but I suspect Gooley knows more than the vast majority of us. He's written an informative and accessible book about all sorts of phenom...

  • Tracy

    Five stars!I love this book! So much information made extremely accessible by the author's clear explanations and conversational tone. Scientific without being pedantic, The Secret World of Weather ma...