ISSUE 94  |  Change in the Weather

Thoroughly Modern: An Old-Fashioned Weather Barometer

October 23, 2013 3:00 PM

BY Erin Boyle

When it comes to tracking the weather, my husband gets a nerdy scientist thrill from pulling up the NOAA doppler radar on the computer. He stares at the undulating green and blue mass moving along the screen, waxing meteorology expert and determining his route to work accordingly.

I usually take a somewhat more hands-off approach. We’ve stopped tallying the numbers of times I’ve been caught in a downpour sans umbrella.

But if I can’t get excited about using modern technology to track the weather, I’m thinking that I might better enjoy a little bit of old-fashioned weather tracking in the form of a wall-mounted barometer. Designed to respond to the changes in air pressure that bring on changes in the weather, I’ll know to pack my umbrella when the pressure drops.

Above: A modern take on the old-fashioned barometer the rust-resistant Galvanized Barometer is $49.95 from Williams Sonoma.

For more analog garden accessories see 5 Favorites: Outdoor Thermometers With Style and Brass Outdoor Weather Station.