Weather Indicator in Cuckoo Clock
Name: Linda B.
Wondering how the little figurines in antique weather
stations (barometers) work? Specifically, on a cuckoo clock, there is a
man and a woman, when the woman comes out it indicates good weather, when
the man comes out it indicates bad weather? These are balanced. How do
These "weather indicators" on the cuckoo clocks work by atmospheric
pressure. There is a little barometer inside the clock. High pressure
usually is associated with fair weather, and low pressure is related to
stormy weather. So, when the barometer falls, the stormy indicator comes
out, and when it rises, the fair weather indicator appears.
Wendell Bechtold, meteorologist
Forecaster, National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office, St. Louis, MO
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Update: June 2012