Bizarre Barometers and Other Unusual Weather Forecasters
Author: Philip Collins
103 pages, illustrated 2004
In this book Philip Collins rediscovers a miscellany of strange weather instruments from early weather glasses to the novelty barometers of the Victorian era and modern times. Among the weird and wonderful weather predictors uncovered are some of nature's barometers - sharks, frogs and leeches - as well as an array of intriguing man-made inventions from the storm glasses investigated by Admiral Robert FitzRoy to the humble weather house.
Philip Collins takes a not-too-serioous look at the art of weather forecasting with these fascinating devices in a way that both amuses and informs. No weather forecaster should be without this book.