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Weather Instruments and How to Use Them

Nature volume 85, page 405 (26 January 1911) | Download Citation



THIS handy little work is intended chiefly for amateurs, but it includes descriptions of instruments required for a “second-order” station, while difficulties which the author thinks are apt to “scare off” novices are avoided. It contains much that is interesting and useful, but its reading leaves us with the impression that persons wishing to take up the subject seriously might at once turn to the handbooks and instructions issued by recognised authorities. Some instruments and methods not suitable for second-order stations are also included, and, naturally in so small a work, no tables are given. Under air-pressure the necessity of using accurate barometers is pointed out. Reference is also made to the so-called Fitz-Roy barometer, which, like the Gladstone bag, is, we believe, only a trade name; as it is easily read, it may, however, be useful to the ordinary individual, who merely uses the barometer as a “weather glass.”

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