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This is probably a stupid question, and here it goes:

Will a barometer, calibrated to altitude on land and synchronized to a local airport’s reading, give the same indication of weather change as one, correctly setup, but operating on a large body of water i.e. wind strength, etc? Or does the large water body impart other properties to the air mass and cause different indications?

I have recently purchased a barometer and I’m trying to sensitize my awareness of its daily changes and predictions. I’m about 60 statute miles inland from the southern coast of California. We have lately received more El Nino activity than usual.

It seems that some fronts bring lots of rain with little change on the glass. Other times the needle moves 5-8 millibars and nothing happens, weather wise. I did however, detect a low system with wind and rain from a 24 hour, 8 millibar drop, last week. Of coarse the local news and NOAA spotted it for me, earlier than my $130 Weems & Plath.

How should I use this seemingly antiquated and beautiful instrument? Is it something that you salt dogs use or am I playing too much at nostalgia?

I have no boat. So I’m waiting for my equities to heal or my bailout to come and I play sea captain with my little toy.:D
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