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Watching The Weather With A Barometer


While many weekend warriors head for the outdoors to escape the headaches of modern life. The outdoor experience can be enhanced without ruining the natural aspect of the trip with a serious weather instrument like a barometer.

With that in mind, there is a hand held barometer on the market has functional weather features and is light weight. Most barometer are too heavy to take with you when hiking in the outdoors, but with a hand held barometer that weighs only a couple of ounces you will definitely want to add it to your backpack when hiking. A hand held barometer is even great for taking on long trips when weather information might prove vital.

With a barometer that is hand held rather than when it is worn watch style on your wrist, there is always a danger of leaving it hanging some where. Even with the danger of accidentally leaving it hanging in a tree some where, many prefer a hand held barometer over those big and bulky barometers that you where on your wrist. Often times the watch style barometers have displays and buttons that are simply just too small. With a hand held barometers the documentation is clear, although the type is very small. It seems like a huge manual until you realize it comes in six languages, although it is not complex, navigating through the features is obvious.

If you only use these types of barometers occasionally, then you will probably need a refresher run through the manual before heading out for the outdoors. However, if you use it frequently, then you will have no problem remembering how to access the various features. These hand held barometers stores pressure information for twenty-four hours and shows a six hour trend on all screens. A pressure change alarm sounds when pressure drops twelve-tenths in inches of mercury or more in a three-hour period, which is a sign of impending bad weather.

The barometer memory keeps maximum and minimum pressure and temperature for the last twenty-four hours, and thirty minute reading for the last three hours, and three hours interval readings from three hours to twenty-four hours. The altimeter also has an alarm, and logs altitude whether it is a gain or a loss, cumulative gains and losses since the last log reset, maximum and minimum altitude, the average rate of ascent and descent, starting date, time of the log, and any altitude points you enter. The barometer and altimeter logs might seem minor, but they are the essence of a good weather instrument. It is the tracking of barometric temperature over time that allows weather forecasting.

One cool feature is a weather station and altitude feature. In weather station mode, the device assumes that altitude is locked like you are in a camp, so all pressure changes are due to weather. In altitude mode, it assumes pressure changes are due to elevation change in altitude as during an ascent. With all of these excellent weather features, you will be surprised to learn that the bottom of the temperature range is minus five degrees Fahrenheit, while the altimeter goes to twenty-nine thousand feet. This seems like an unreasonable limitation but in winter even at elevations of ten thousand feet temperatures drop well below five degrees below Fahrenheit.

 


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