The storm glass was popularised by Admiral Robert Fitzroy after his historic voyage on the HMS Beagle, when the British Crown distributed these to the populace after a particularly violent storm season. Modern meteorology is far more accurate, but these elegant glasses still hold aesthetic appeal. The tear drop storm glass comes with an elegant stand,making it a wonderful gift.
Storm glasses are used as a type of barometer to predict the weather conditions. Crystals form in different types of 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 sunny winter days, 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