The Storm Glass, Weather Forecast Barometer Tear Drop Design with Elegant Base
1 used from £21.20
as of 20th January 2021 12:43 pm
- Beautiful and unique. The Storm Glass is the perfect display for your home or office to attract attention and always be a topic of conversation.
- Liquid inside the Storm Glass elegantly transforms to predict the weather. The state of crystallisation within the liquid is believed to be related to the weather. The inventor is unknown, but the device became popular in the 1860’s after being promoted by Admiral Robert FitzRoy.
- Elegant design. The Perfect Storm - Storm Glass comes with a beautiful metal base to compliment the delicate shape of the glass.
- The Storm Glass may take up to 2 weeks to fully work as it needs to adapt to its new environment
The storm glass was an instrument which was proposed as a method for predicting weather. It consists of a special liquid placed inside a sealed transparent glass. The state of crystallisation within the liquid is believed to be related to the weather.
The inventor is unknown, but the device became popular in the 1860’s after being promoted by Admiral Robert FitzRoy who claimed that;
“If fixed, undisturbed, in free air, not exposed to radiation, fire, or sun, but in the ordinary light of a well-ventilated room or outer air, the chemical mixture in a so-called storm-glass varies in character with the direction of the wind, not its force, specially (though it may so vary in appearance only) from another cause, electrical tension.”
FitzRoy carefully documented his claims on how the storm glass would predict the weather:
*If the liquid in the glass is clear, the weather will be bright and clear.
*If the liquid is cloudy, the weather will be cloudy as well, perhaps with precipitation.
*If there are small dots in the liquid, humid or foggy weather can be expected.
*A cloudy glass with small stars indicates thunderstorms. *If the liquid contains small stars on sunny winter days, then snow is coming.
*If there are large flakes throughout the liquid, it will be overcast in temperate seasons or snowy in the winter. *If there are crystals at the bottom, this indicates frost.
*If there are threads near the top, it will be windy.
A version of the device was available in the 18th century in France but the inventor is unknown. In 1859, violent storms struck the British Isles and in response, the British Crown distributed storm glasses, then known as “FitzRoy’s storm barometers,” to many small fishing communities around the British Isles for consultation by ships in port before setting sail.