A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
Wisdom comes with experience and observation, so it is said.
Weather prognosticating has been known as many things over the years, but in the modern world much of it’s mystery has diminished as we learn every detail.
Why then does weather still fascinate us so?
Is it because it affects every part of our lives? Seems likely.
But how did people forecast the weather before technology?
The same way they did with many things, observation, testing, and sharing of information. People noticed that a red sky at night meant that it was going to be fair weather the next day, but a red sky in the morning meant the opposite. They didn’t know it had to do with the sunlight (white light) being divided into all the colours of the spectrum as it goes through the atmosphere, then reflecting off water particles and vapour. They just knew that most times, it was true.
This book, Grandma Says by Canadian meteorologist Cindy Day caught my attention and kept it.
I love weather. It fascinates me.
So I plunged into this delightful and insightful book with glee. Inside are 80 weather-related treasures imparted by her Grandma, from the well-know to more obscure:
The turkey’s breastbone gives hints for the winter.
Mackerel sky, mackerel sky, never long wet, never long dry.
When it comes to the wind, East is the least.
Ring around the sun or moon, rain or snow upon us soon.
When a rooster goes crowing to bed, he will rise with a watery head.
And can you really find out how far away a thunderstorm is by counting?
Can you do with out a thermometer by counting cricket chirps?
Is the old adage, In like a lion, out like a lamb true?
What happens when you plant crops by the light of the moon?
Is a robin really a sign Springs has arrived?
Does sugar snow make sap grow?
If you step on a spider will it really make it rain and why?And what about that groundhog, does seeing his shadow really mean 6 more weeks of winter?
And do you need a cat to tell how many times it will snow each winter?
All these questions and more answered in this charming book. A good read for a good cause.