The Weather Glass

The history of The Weather Glass

According to historical records the Weather Glass is tracked back to the 1750s. Back then the glass was used by sailors and fishermen to predict the weather when at sea. Up till today there are no records about the inventor of the Weather Glass.

It was during the famous Darwin-expeditions on HMS Beagle, lead by admiral Robers Fitzroy – that the Weather Glass made it´s breakthrough. As a amateur-meteorogist Admiral Robert Fitzroy brought the Weather Glass and started analyzing and documenting the weather.

The Expedition landed ashore in England in December 1826. This voyage became the first of many, making the basis for Charles Darwins later known book ” Origin of Species”.

After years at sea, Roberts Fitzroy, went ashore and started developing a system to help systemazing weatherdata, and he worked on how to get these informations to ex. fishermen, sailors and the navy. He also invented the term ”forecast”.

His experience and knowledge lead to a position as chief of Meteorologist kommission of trade.

Today the Weather Glass have been replaced by far more technological equipment – but it still works just the same. Ever credible and stabile and predicting the weather up to 48hours.

During Fitzroy’s historical voyage on the Darwin expedition, he carefully documented, how the Weather Glass would predict the weather:

  • If the liquid in the glass is clear, the weather will be bright and clear.
  • If the liquid is cloudy, the weather will be cloudy as well, perhaps with precipitation.
  • If there are small dots in the liquid, humid or foggy weather can be expected.
  • A cloudy glass with small stars indicates thunderstorms.
  • If the liquid contains small stars on a sunny winter day, then snow is coming.
  • If there are large flakes throughout the liquid, it will be overcast in temperate seasons or snowy in the winter.
  • If there are crystals at the bottom, this indicates frost.
  • If there are threads near the top, it will be windy.