Homemade barometer

How can you make a simple barometer?

Safe­ty pre­cau­tions

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  • glass;
  • bal­loon;
  • scis­sors;
  • wood­en stick;
  • nee­dle;
  • box cut­ter;
  • pa­per;
  • dou­ble-sid­ed tape.

Step-by-step in­struc­tions

Cut off the bal­loon's tail and put the oth­er half over a glass. Use a rub­ber band to fix it in place. Then, use dou­ble-sid­ed tape to at­tach a wood­en stick with a nee­dle to the mem­brane. This will serve as the de­vice’s in­di­ca­tor ar­row. Set a sheet of pa­per next to the de­vice and note the cur­rent pres­sure. Over time, the ar­row will change po­si­tions: down as the pres­sure de­creas­es, up as it in­creas­es. It is im­por­tant to place the barom­e­ter in a place with a rel­a­tive­ly con­stant tem­per­a­ture.

Process de­scrip­tion

A barom­e­ter is a de­vice that mea­sures at­mo­spher­ic pres­sure, which can af­fect the weath­er. Since our mem­brane is made of la­tex, it is very sen­si­tive to changes in the pres­sure of its en­vi­ron­ment. If the pres­sure ris­es, the mem­brane bends down, and the ar­row ris­es. With a de­crease in pres­sure, ev­ery­thing is ex­act­ly the op­po­site. Ob­serve the barom­e­ter for a week and mark the re­sults on a pa­per – this will make it easy to see the rel­a­tive changes in pres­sure. If you find out the nor­mal pres­sure for your area, you can even pre­dict the weath­er some­what: high­er-than-nor­mal pres­sure is of­ten ac­com­pa­nied by fair weath­er, and low­er-than-nor­mal usu­al­ly means more cloudy.

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