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How To Make A Storm Glass To Predict The Weather

How To Make A Storm Glass To Predict The Weather

How To Make A Storm Glass To Predict The Weather
How To Make A Storm Glass To Predict The Weather

Predict the Weather with a Storm Glass

Here’s How to Make One

Have you ever heard an older person complain of aching joints that accurately predict the weather? Or have you noticed that woodland creatures are busily gathering seeds and nuts before a storm but, when the bad weather hits, they are nowhere to be found? They somehow know when it’s time to go to ground. How do they know? You might not be able to feel it, but there are barely perceptible shifts in the atmosphere. These shifts produce chemical changes that can be readily observed using just a handful of ingredients and a basic command of chemistry to create a weather predicting device.

The device is called a “storm glass” and it has been used to predict the weather for over 200 years. While the storm glass was invented in the mid 1700’s and used in European ports and harbors to warm of approaching inclement weather, the storm glass did not gain notoriety until Admiral FitzRoy used one on his voyage with Charles Darwin to the Galápagos Islands. In fact, the weather predicting instrument is sometimes referred to as a “FitzRoy storm glass” for this reason.

To make a storm glass, you will need to combine several chemicals. Don’t be intimidated! Things like ammonium chloride and potassium nitrate might sound scary, but all of the chemicals you will need are available online and ratios do not need to be precise for the storm glass to work.

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