ABC of Weather: Barometer
This object may not look that much and I'm sure it's not that valuable, but NAH had this barometer on the wall of his flat when he first took me home and so it is a precious thing. It probably doesn't measure the atmospheric pressure around us that accurately either, but I do like tapping it every so often to see how the arrows move and thus broadly showing how our weather will be over the next few hours. As you can see, things are set fair and very dry at the moment. That's because high pressure (i.e. an anticyclone) has come over from continental Europe, and things are decidedly chilly again. Of course if this was the summer, we'd be cheering very loudly at this reading because it would mean sunny, hot days ahead. Just right for being out in the garden.
We had some sunshine today too. I was glad today's task was shredding loads of stuff I'd cleared up in the garden as all that lifting and carrying counteracted the icy blast around me. Brrr!
Changes in atmospheric pressure may also be the origins of the phrase feeling under the weather. Research in the Ukraine has shown that even slight changes can affect our ability to concentrate or our short-term memory. So the next time you've lost that oojamawhatsit, you know what to blame it on now ;)
How's the weather with you today?
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