**Skill #28 Forecast the weather **
Clouds are the most reliable of nature's forecasters, and the higher the clouds, the better the weather. When clouds combine or darken, or the sky turns milky, it's time to seek shelter. Swirling winds that turn up the undersides of leaves are a sure indicator trouble is brewing. The old adage, "Red sky at morning, sailor's warning; red sky at night, sailor's delight," is based on meteorological truth. Steadily rising campfire smoke foretells a clear day; smoke that beats downward, just the opposite. Animal indicators include crows and ducks, which become noisy before a storm. Geese fly low in bad weather, choosing the densest layer of air to provide lift for their wings. So do many songbirds, because the lower pressure keeps the insects they feed on closer to the ground.