How does a glass barometer work?

by | Aug 4, 2009 02:45 PM ET

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How does a glass barometer work? --- Pat, Kell, Ill.

Marshall Brain Answered:

There are many different ways to create a barometer, but they all break down into two different styles as described here:

What a barometer is measuring is the pressure in the atmosphere. A meteorologist is looking for an exact measurement. But generally speaking (there are a dozen exceptions...), there is a big picture view of pressure as well: when the air pressure is high the weather tends to be fair. When it is low, it is likely to be cloudy and rainy. An old-style glass barometer was a very simple way to see whether the pressure was high or low.

This video shows you one style of glass baraometer - it looks like a little tea pot:

This video shows you the other style - it hangs on the wall:

A glass barometer was also referred to as a weather glass.

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