The Secret World of Weather

Tristan Gooley

How to Read Signs in Every Cloud, Breeze, Hill, Street, Plant, Animal, and Dewdrop

Out 8th April 2021 UK (more info) and 25th May 2021 in North America (more info)

The weather changes as we walk around a tree or turn down a street. There is a secret world of weather – one that we all live in, but very few see. 

Each day we pass dozens of small weather signs that reveal what the weather is doing all around us – and what is about to happen. The clues are easy to spot when you know how, but remain invisible to most people. 

In The Secret World of Weather you’ll discover the simple rules that explain the weather signs. And you’ll learn rare skills that enhance every minute you spend outdoors, whether you are in a town, on a beach or in a wilder spot. 

After 40 years as a professional meteorologist, I’ve looked at the weather through Tristan Gooley’s fresh eyes and seen new things.

Peter Gibbs, Weatherman and BBC Presenter

As the author of the international bestsellers THE WALKER’S GUIDE and HOW TO READ WATER, Tristan Gooley knows how to de-code the phenomena and signs to look for. As he says, ‘I want you to get to know these signs as I have, as characters. By studying their habits and behaviours, the signs come to life and the meaning reveals itself. From this flows an ability to read what is happening and what is about to happen’.

This is the ultimate guide to exploring an undiscovered world, one that hides in front of our eyes.

The book contains 32 colour photographs and many B&W ones too. There are also exquisite illustrations by the artist Neil Gower.

“The Secret World of Weather is a thrill-ride through the signs and secrets of clouds, winds, dewdrops and sunlight. A fascinating read in itself, it’s also as practical as ever.”

Country Walking Magazine

“Gooley marshals a riveting compendium of weather-reading skills…”

The Times

There are chapters on familiar subjects like weather fronts and wind behaviour but Gooley’s skill is to piece it all together, make it interesting – and go deeper.

Cross Country Magazine

…Gooley works from the other end of the scale. What he offers is a handbook on how to interpret the weather signs provided by what you can see walking around your neighbourhood.”

The Times, March 2021

I would recommend this book to all who seek explanations of the incredible variety of natural sights and sounds detectable in the open air.”

Weather, the Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

“This breezy new book reveals how to read nature’s very own weather forecast…full of fascinating trivia.”

The Daily Mail

“The trouble with reading Tristan’s new book is that he makes me feel like I’ve been walking around with my eyes closed… His books are so packed with interesting facts.”

Alastair Humphreys, Author of Microadventures

“Essential reading for outdoor swimmers.”

Ella Foote, Outdoor Swimmer magazine

“The Secret World of Weather frames itself early on as an aid to forecasting, by decoding the signs in mackerel skies and dust devils. But it’s really much more than that. It’s about the ecology of weather, how the movement of air and the heat of the sun negotiate with the forms of hill and tree and building to generate the most wondrous variety of phenomena. Metereodiversity, you might call it.”

Richard Mabey, The Telegraph

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