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#1455345 - 01/03/2018 21:26 Analogue weather gauges
Flowin Offline
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I have seen the odd thread or post on digital weather stations. It is the modern weather watching world that we now live in.
Older analogue instruments are of interest to me, from a bygone era of mechanical gauges.
I have collected a few 1920s to 1960s gauges for temp, pressure, and humidity (hydro) some with unique design. There are a few multiples of similar gauges around my house giving readings that I like to compare. Calibrating them is enjoyable to learn.
I have not yet got any wind anemometers or rain pluvios.
Any others with similar historical analogue gauge interests?


Edited by Flowin (01/03/2018 21:28)
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#1455347 - 01/03/2018 21:33 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
Flowin Offline
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One of my favourite gauges is like this,

https://shop.australiangeographic.com.au/sputnik-brass-weather-station.html


Apologies for the link rather than pic, I have not yet figured out the posting images procedure for this forum.


Edited by Flowin (01/03/2018 21:37)

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#1455351 - 01/03/2018 21:42 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
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Not meaning to hijack the thread, but I've been wanting a storm glass for some time now to add to my collection, have seen a few online but nothing that really stands out. I would like something nice that I could have out on display... any suggestions on reputable sellers?

I have a beautiful Galileo Thermometer that needs a friend. I love getting up in the morning and getting ready for work, watching the glass bulbs drop as it warms up.

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#1455353 - 01/03/2018 21:52 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
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Originally Posted By: Flowin


Thanks Flowin, another one to add to the list (once I save up a little) also just found a lovely Storm Glass on there. Thank you!

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#1455356 - 01/03/2018 22:01 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
Flowin Offline
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Leelee I had not heard of storm glass before. Professor Google found this from wiki

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_glass

I like it

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#1455358 - 01/03/2018 22:29 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
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Originally Posted By: Flowin
Any others with similar historical analogue gauge interests?

Not an "interest" as such -- more of a reason to utilise them when needed. Being able to improvise with analog barometers, hygrometer and so on, by using a time lapse camera to plot their readings smile , when other methods don't work properly. Granted I find them intriguing at times, however their data is also very useful smile .
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#1455359 - 01/03/2018 22:42 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
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Originally Posted By: Flowin
Leelee I had not heard of storm glass before. Professor Google found this from wiki

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_glass

I like it


Apparently 60% of the time, they work every time, lol. Not a hard and fast measurement, but interesting anyway.

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#1455393 - 02/03/2018 08:11 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Seira]
Flowin Offline
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Originally Posted By: Seira
Originally Posted By: Flowin
Any others with similar historical analogue gauge interests?

Being able to improvise with analog barometers, hygrometer and so on, by using a time lapse camera to plot their readings smile .


That is a novel use of analogue gauges.

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#1455705 - 04/03/2018 21:00 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
Seira Offline
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Originally Posted By: Flowin
Originally Posted By: Seira
Originally Posted By: Flowin
Any others with similar historical analogue gauge interests?

Being able to improvise with analog barometers, hygrometer and so on, by using a time lapse camera to plot their readings smile .


That is a novel use of analogue gauges.

Yes smile , although I don't need to do it so often these days.
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#1455730 - 05/03/2018 08:08 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
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Thanks for the link Flowing ,I hadn't heard of the storm glass .I would like to make one now just for fun .
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#1456110 - 07/03/2018 20:56 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
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Cheers OD, good luck with making a storm glass, sourcing the crystals may be a challenge.

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#1456111 - 07/03/2018 21:02 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
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I'd be interested to know others experience with mechanical hygro gauges. I have several and have been looking at them for assessing humidity as I am painting today and plan to continue for a few days. Apart from a suspect French hygro gauge that always reads high near 100%, and more than 100 when really humid, most of my gauges are within about 10% range of error. Not sure how the mechanical hygro gauges work, and there don't seem to be calibration screws present.

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#1462491 - 24/04/2018 21:32 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
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I like this season to see that my analogue gauges respond to variances that are more dynamic than average day-after-day similar weather. We get more change between the day high and night low temps, Humidiity bumping along between rain and sporadic drying periods, barometer though is just chugging along.


Edited by Flowin (24/04/2018 21:36)

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#1462561 - 26/04/2018 00:18 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
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Originally Posted By: Flowin
I'd be interested to know others experience with mechanical hygro gauges. I have several and have been looking at them for assessing humidity as I am painting today and plan to continue for a few days. Apart from a suspect French hygro gauge that always reads high near 100%, and more than 100 when really humid, most of my gauges are within about 10% range of error. Not sure how the mechanical hygro gauges work, and there don't seem to be calibration screws present.

Which/how many hygrometers don't have calibration screws?
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#1462566 - 26/04/2018 08:03 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
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Does your gauge use human hair as the measuring device??

If so very gently with a soft artists brush, clean the hairs with distilled water as they may have accumulated pollutants.


Edited by retired weather man (26/04/2018 08:05)
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#1462616 - 26/04/2018 21:07 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
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I've enjoyed making humidity-sensitive paper, from cobalt chloride, calcium chloride and one or two other things. I did it when I was a kid, and recently revived my interest and made some more. It's pink when it's humid, ranging through various shades of purple to bright blue when it's dry. Anyone else done this?

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#1462624 - 26/04/2018 23:36 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Seira]
Flowin Offline
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Originally Posted By: Seira

Which/how many hygrometers don't have calibration screws?

None of my hygrometers have calibration screws, at least not obvious adjustment. In contrast barometers which do need adjusting for altitude have obvious calibration screws.

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#1462625 - 26/04/2018 23:38 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: retired weather man]
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Originally Posted By: retired weather man
Does your gauge use human hair as the measuring device??

If so very gently with a soft artists brush, clean the hairs with distilled water as they may have accumulated pollutants.

Thanks RWM that is useful advice.

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#1462635 - 27/04/2018 09:01 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: Flowin]
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I have ordered a storm glass from Banggood was on a discount $10 ,I am going to order a analogue barometer next month .Just for fun. Be interesting to compare them all.Sounds good Graham M it is Interesting.
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#1462690 - 28/04/2018 18:55 Re: Analogue weather gauges [Re: ozone doug]
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Originally Posted By: ozone doug
I have ordered a storm glass from Banggood was on a discount $10 ,I am going to order a analogue barometer next month .Just for fun. Be interesting to compare them all.Sounds good Graham M it is Interesting.

Doug, old original gauges vs new analogue gauges would add another depth to fun and interest for comparison. I have found old barometers at second hand and collectible shops often around $50, sometimes less (I got one in Paris for 3euro), and rarely over $100, unless something particularly unique with it.
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