barometric pressure


Definition of barometric pressure 

: the pressure of the atmosphere usually expressed in terms of the height of a column of mercury

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As measured by barometric pressure, Michael is one of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall in the US. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Photos: what Hurricane Michael’s destruction looks like on the ground," 10 Oct. 2018 Unlike the ocean, the Great Lakes don't have strong tides, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, so any waves are created by changes in wind and barometric pressure. Jenae Sitzes, Country Living, "These Unbelievable Photos of Lake Erie Show How Powerful Nature Can Be," 17 Feb. 2017 Only when the bees get anxious because there’s a barometric pressure drop, which means that rain is coming. Bethany Ao,, "Philly millennials are buzzing about beekeeping," 11 July 2018 The money will support growth and for further development of Truepic’s technology, which employs location, date and time, image examination -- even barometric pressure readings from smartphone sensors -- to figure out whether photos are real. Mike Freeman,, "Truepic raises $8 million to help flag bogus online photos for Reddit," 22 June 2018 Those that live in water face damage from waves, silt and sand (though sharks, like birds, sense changes in barometric pressure and evacuate). Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "How Come U.S. Currency Never Changes Its Face and More Questions From Our Readers," 25 May 2018 There are numerous weather instruments available that provide continuous readings of barometric pressure, temperature, humidity and dew point, rainfall and wind. Tom Skilling,, "Ask Tom: What's a great gift for weather lover?," 15 May 2018 The odor has been particularly strong when the barometric pressure is low. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Work At Manchester Dump Meant To Curb Stink," 11 May 2018 So what gives? Electrified Dropping barometric pressure—which dogs can sense—coupled with darkening skies, wind, and the sheer noise of thunder can cause fearful reactions in dogs. National Geographic, "Why Your Dog Freaks Out During Thunderstorms—And What to Do," 28 Apr. 2018

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1804, in the meaning defined above

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