When it comes to predicting the day’s weather you could trust the chaps on breakfast TV or even consult your smartphone. But for a reliable heads-up on the elements, just ask The Frog Weather Reporter. Made from hand-blown glass, this dinky desk ornament is straight from our clever cousins in Japan, so the instructions are a little hard to fathom. However, we’ll try and explain how it works...
Rising water = chance of rain
High quality handblown glass
A perfect addition to any desktop
Just add your choice of water (with a drop of food colouring if you like) using the supplied syringe and wait. Thanks to some pretty nifty physics (or meteorology skills) the water level in the adjoining tube will rise and fall depending on the atmospheric conditions. If the water is high up the tube, the chances are it’ll rain. If it’s low down, the skies should be clear. Much like an old school barometer this smiling amphibian has been known to get it wrong from time to time, but generally he’s spot on. Perfect if you’re in two minds about taking a brolly.
Imported from Japan
We added green food colouring to the water to make it easier to see the water levels
Handblown glass weather predictor
The water level in the tube indicates the likely weather: low for sunny, high for rainy
I maybe being blonde but when you say atmospheric pressure do you mean barometric pressure? If so, I'm thinking of getting one as I get migraines when the barometric pressure changes and drops so I'm interested in getting this! Ali, London - 1st October 2012
Firebox says: Yep this works the same way as a barometer would!
This is a super cute decoration and I have it filled with blue water on my window sill. I think it's worth mentioning though that you need to refill it every few weeks/2 months since the water loses the colour (I just used food colouring) and also seems to grown a bit of algae like stuff. But otherwise its great and I do notice the level of water change with the weather. Katie, Plymouth - 12th May 2012
Just bought one of it and received. I filled it following the instructions, but after some minutes that the water in the tube is 2cm more than in the bowl it goes down itself :S. Elio, Netherlands - 28th February 2012
Firebox says: Oh Dear!... It sounds as if you have a faulty one there! give us a shout on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can look into this for you!
Will this work even in rooms with heating etc? or does it have to be in a specific environment? Wayne, Wales - 15th January 2012
Firebox says: Hey Wayne, this item is a barometer and, as such, measures atmospheric pressure. It has nothing to do with the temperature in a room so will work in a heated room.