Glenda John
Glenda John

Speaking of weather, it’s fair bet you’re doing fine

EVERYONE'S talking about the weather.

And we always have, according to author and folk researcher Glenda John.

"We did very well," she said of Australia-wide sales of her book, Nature's Weather Watch.

The self-published Curra resident sold more than 12,000 copies of her book of forecasting folklore.

While some weather scientists reject her work out of hand, she points out that such prejudices are themselves far from scientific. And some support her.

She says science will one day have a better understanding of the reasons for animal and plant weather reactions, as observed by people all over the world.

Mrs John says her forecasting methods often stand up well to comparison with official weather forecasts.

You do not have to know why fish, ants, birds and mammals (including people) feel and act differently when the weather is about to change, but most people know they do.

Many have observed ants coming inside and wondered if it means rain or continuing dry weather, she says, giving one example.

"If they are carrying pupae (which people often call eggs) they may be trying to escape from coming rain. If they are not carrying anything and seem to be hanging around the sink, they are probably looking for water.

"We humans consider ourselves to be the most intelligent of all living things," she says in the book she first had printed in 2007.

But "animals, birds, insects and plant life have a far greater ability to sense and interpret the signs that may affect their survival".

Zookeepers, fishers, farmers, doctors, lawyers and "beggars and thieves" are among the 300 people from all over Australia who helped her research.