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The wall-hung mercury barometer utilized in the days of sail presented approximately thirty inches of height level of the mercury in it's glass tube in fair weather. When a vessel sailed into a barometric Low Pressure region, the mercury level became lower and tended to indicate the presence of oncoming thunderstorms, gales, or a possible hurricane.

Chief Bosun's Mate Roarrie rushed to the cabin of Captain Biggs to speak of the 'falling glass' and the forbidding blackness of the sky, slowly rising on the starboard quarter!

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