To determine the direction of the wind, simply drop a few leaves or grass to see in which direction the wind is blowing along with watching the treetops. If the winds are shifting, rapidly this is an indication that the atmosphere is unsettled and the weather could be changing.
Smoke: When smoke rises in a thin vertical direction this is an indicator of fair weather. Low rising smoke or smoke that seems flattened out is an indication of stormy weather.
Stars Twinkling: This indicates that strong winds are in the near future. Strong surface winds will be prevalent within a few hours.