Fitzroy's storm barometer, English, 1871-1880.
4 0 c m
 
27cm
actual image size: 19cm x 32cm

Fitzroy's storm barometer, English, 1871-1880.

Richardson, Claire

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

Admiral Robert Fitzroy (1805-1865) set up the organisation known as the Meteorological Office (Met Office), to warn ships going to sea of the approach of bad weather. He added a set of weather sayings to a simple mercury barometer to asist the would-be mariner to make his own forecast. This example by Negretti and Zambra includes a thermometer and wet and dry bulb thermometers for humidity measurement, making it suitable for inland rather than for maritime use.
 

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