H.M.S. Beagle Admiral's Storm Glass - Mysterious Weather Forecasting Instrument
On your next epic voyage across the stormy seas or just sitting at home reading about them, help predict the weather with old school H.M.S. Beagle Admiral's Storm Glass. Used to predict the weather since 1750, the storm glass was a unique and mysterious instrument used on old sailing ships to help captains forecast the weather ahead. This is a handmade desktop reproduction of the ship-mounted one used by Admiral FitzRoy of the H.M.S. Beagle, the ship that famously took Charles Darwin on its second voyage to the Galapagos Islands and around the world, leading to the development of his scientific theory of evolution.
Inside the hermetically sealed borosilicate glass orb is a mixture of distilled water, potassium nitrate, ammonium chloride, ethanol, and camphor that seem to react to atmospheric change. Cloudy equals precipitation, visible crystals equals fog / high humidity, cloudy with small stars equals thunderstorms, and clear equals calm weather ahead. Each storm glass orb is secured on a wood pedestal and is secured down with brass fittings.
Makes a great gift for weather junkies, ocean explorers, captains, or anyone who is tired of the 21st century state-of-the-art weather forecasting computers and sleeves rolled up, doom and gloom, ratings obsessed weathermen getting the forecasts wrong endlessly.
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- This mysterious forecasting instrument has been used to predict weather since 1750
- Although how it functions remains a mystery, the ability of the storm glass to predict atmospheric change is well documented
- Employed by Admiral FitzRoy of the H.M.S. Beagle, when he and his lieutenant, Charles Darwin, voyaged to the Galapagos Islands in 1831
- This handmade desktop model predicts atmospheric change just like its ship-mounted predecessors that explorers and captains used to help navigate
- Contains a mixture of distilled water, potassium nitrate, ammonium chloride, ethanol, and camphor
- Borosilicate glass orb is hermetically sealed, housed on a wood pedestal, and secured with brass fittings
- Appears Cloudy: Precipitation is approaching
- Crystals Visible: Humid or foggy weather can be expected
- Cloudy glass with small stars: Thunderstorms
- Clear Glass: Predicts calm weather
- Handcrafted in the Czech Republic
- Size: 6.25" H x 3.25" Diameter - 1 lb