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Books About the Weather

Updated: Mar 26


Blue skies with thin white clouds.

Weather is everywhere. Literally. It’s the subject we most often bring up in small talk and it shapes our lives daily. How should I dress? Do I need an umbrella? These questions dominate our daily thoughts. If you are someone who is curious about the inner workings of the weather, this list of the best books about weather might be what you are looking for. From books that help you understand how to better read nature’s signs to a book about how your local forecast works, you’d definitely find something to pique your interest. Just a quick reminder that if you click on one of the links, I may make a commission at no additional charge to you. The links below will take you to Amazon. If you prefer to support independent bookstores, check out my curated lists on Bookshop.com.


The Secret World of Weather: How to Read Signs in Every Cloud, Breeze, Hill, Street, Plant, Animal, and Dewdrop by Tristan Gooley



The Secret World of Weather

The Secret World of Weather: How to Read Signs in Every Cloud, Breeze, Hill, Street, Plant, Animal, and Dewdrop is your guide to how to observing the natural world, but this time author Tristan Gooley’s focus is on the weather. His first book, The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs, guided readers through things like how to read the night sky or animal tracks. The Secret World of Weather will teach you to see the world differently and look for signs in small areas known as microclimates. These signs can help you understand changing weather patterns and move through your day with a naturalist’s eye.

The Blue Machine: How the Ocean Works by Helen Czerski

What Does the Rain Smell Like? by Simon King & Clare Nasir



What Does the Rain Smell Like?

If you are one of those people who likes to ponder questions like, What Does the Rain Smell Like? this book might be right up your alley. Authors Simon King and Clare Nasir are both meteorologists and they’ve framed the structure of the book around 100 questions about weather. I really like how the books is organized, with separate chapters about the sun, the clouds, space and planets, and the elements, among others. You’ll come away with answers to a variety of questions like, Why is the sky blue? and How do rainbows form?

The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside a Forecast by Andrew Blum

Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World by John Vaillant


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