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CINDY DAY: Readers respond to barometer mystery

Mr. Buggeln says his old Testrite resided on a plate in a tiny dining room in his two-family flat when he was growing up (in the 1940s-50s). It accumulated dust, but was never taken down and "read".  He would like get a  better idea of the age of the barometer. You can contact me with any information you might have and I'll pass it along: weathermail@weatherbyday.ca.
Mr. Buggeln says his old Testrite resided on a plate in a tiny dining room in his two-family flat when he was growing up (in the 1940s-50s). It accumulated dust, but was never taken down and "read". He would like get a better idea of the age of the barometer. You can contact me with any information you might have and I'll pass it along: weathermail@weatherbyday.ca.

Hearing from Weather by Day readers is one of my favourite parts of the job and I just love when a particular piece of weather lore inspires people to reach out. Don’t forget, you can always reach me via email at WeatherMail@WeatherbyDay.ca.

Last Saturday’s column, The many pressures of my job, garnered a lot of attention online and prompted a handful of readers to reach out. Here are two of my favourites.

READER FEEDBACK

This barometer in our living room is almost identical to the one in your column of yesterday. It may be about one hundred years old. It does not have any markings to indicate a manufacturer. It still appears to work. It has been in our family for many years.

Thanks and Go Habs!

Ritchie Robinson
North Sydney

In regard to Mr. Buggein's barometer: I have one with a similar face, only the Capitol letters are in gold. The face of it is 4 3/8" wide and is mounted in a round, heavy, carved wooden frame that hangs on the wall. There is no makers name on it. It was a farewell gift to my great-uncle, William Christie Craig, when he left Scotland in 1905, from friends or family, or both. He and his wife, Margaret, immigrated to Lumby, B.C., where he farmed and was active in the community.

I have it hanging in my living room, & refer to it almost daily. Meteorology is the only science class that I ever really enjoyed (Grade 9), but don't remember most of it now. I enjoy reading your page on the back of the Journal Pioneer, especially Grandma's Says and how true a lot of the old farm wisdom is turning out to be!

Yours truly,

Margo McKissock

Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.

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