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How to set up a Barometer

How to read a barometerSo you have a barometer (or you are thinking about buying one) but you are not sure how to set it up for your local climate. Here is a video from Cameron Wilson - our barometer specialist at (formerly known as the Watchdoctor) to walk you through how to set up your barometer.

Watch this video to learn how to set a barometer at home in order to read atmospheric pressure.

STEP 1: Go to and search "barometric pressure "INSERT THE NAME OF YOUR CITY OR TOWN HERE..." e.g. "barometric pressure Christchurch"

STEP 2: Grab your barometer and look for the minus and plus sign, use a small screw driver to move the metal arm to the same measurement as the barometric pressure in your area. This gives it an accurate measurement point for future weather readings.

STEP 3: Use the metal pointer and set it to the same reading, that way you can see if the barometric pressure has changed since the last time you looked at your barometer.

As you can see from one of our best selling traditional barometer below - your barometer will tell you if it is likely to rain, change or be fair.



This is really helpful if you are thinking about hanging out your washing, but want to know if it is going to rain in the next 6 hours.  

If you are looking for a barometer for yourself, or you are in need of a unique wedding present, house warming gift, or gift for that person who has everything. Check out our range of barometers and weather stations.


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