My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

These days finding out what the weather is going to be doing is as easy as looking at the app on your phone. I know as I have three on mine. One swipe and you have a fairly accurate prediction (mostly) of the weather for the next 24 hours or so. While these are good for giving a good general guide to the weather in your region they can sometimes fail in your own locale because of the particular microclimate.

Peter Wohlleben wants us to look a little harder next time we step outside, to look at the sky, study the clouds and take notice of the things that animals and insects are doing to really get a feel for what the weather is going to be doing outside your door. There are details on what to look for with plants and trees and the things that they do when faced with changing weather conditions.

From the weather, he moves on to observations and thoughts about the sun moon and planets and the night sky in general and then how the constant cycle of night and day affect the natural world. Moving on from there he talks about seasonal and climate changes that we need to look for. There are chapters on soil, natives and invasive species and how to experience the outdoors with all your senses too.

This is the third book that Wohlleben has written now with a focus on the natural world. Even though it is titled The Weather Detective, only around a third of the book is weather related and the second part was about elements of the natural world which I was a little disappointed with. It is still written in his easy-going style so is very readable though. He seems to be picking up on a theme here as re-connecting with nature is a big thing at the moment, I read Rewild by Nick Baker earlier this year that was about exploring the outside world with more than just your eyes. Not bad overall, but if you are hoping for a book purely on weather then be aware.

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