"Unless you are a meteorologist, you may think a book about weather in one locale sounds pretty dull. Ah, but if that locale is the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the extremes of weather experienced there could fill (and has filled) a book. The author has produced a very well-organized and engaging account of what the hardy residents of this province contend with year after year. I like her approach: she has divided the book by season and begins each season by looking back to the earliest historical accounts of weather in the province.
She peppers each section with weather lore and sayings, along with scientific explanations as to whether they are valid. She has enlivened the text with lots of interesting old photographs too. The ones showing snow up to rooftops with tunnels through to the doors of houses, or those of people standing on snow at the level of housetops will give you pause."
“Rain, Drizzle and Fog,” Sheilah Roberts’ new book, is an interesting account of the vagaries of Newfoundland weather, with some Labrador weather thrown in for good measure.The work is divided into 12 chapters, one for each month of the year, and each chapter gives historic accounts of that month, relevant weather folklore and an explanation of the weather science that helps to explain the events recorded. From earliest times, Newfoundland’s settlers and visitors obsessed about the weather, and Roberts draws on the letters and diaries of merchants, military, missionaries and ordinary working people, giving snapshots of the country and its weather from the 1500s on." -Robin McGrath The Telegram - Weather and Wordplay - April 11, 2015
"There are some fascinating bits of history here. One learns, for example that early settlers believed that weather was consistent across latitudes, so they expected the weather in St. John's to be similar to that of Paris. They soon realized their mistake. ...whether mauzy, misky, or even loggy, the weather is always a fascinating subject to talk (and read) about." - Denise Flint, Downhome - April 2015