During our excursions in the woods on Wiley Hill, Scoutmaster Art Johnson taught us that nature provided numerous direction finders. One indicator was the moss covering the north side of trees and rocks. As noted in a previous column, “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” reported that herds of grazing and resting deer and cattle tend to align themselves with Earth’s magnetic fields. Researchers observed 3,000 deer in the Czech Republic, noting that regardless of wind or sunlight, they generally aligned to magnetic north. Researchers believe many creatures can sense Earth’s magnetic field and the detection of the field enters into a fundamental role in spatial perception. Even if the creatures move over short distances, the magnetism assisted their navigation. Fastcast: Clouds and sprinkles.

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 89 degrees. Southeasterly wind around 5 mph. Tonight, a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low about 68 degrees. Southeasterly wind around 5 mph.