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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Recent Examples on the Web As the pumps sucked air out of the chamber, a numeric display recording barometric pressure began ticking downward. Mark Synnott, Wired, "Here’s What It Takes to Fly a Drone on Mount Everest," 13 Apr. 2021 Sales of headache medicines—and spontaneous recovery rates—also spike when barometric pressure drops, the researchers say. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Your Brain Is Literally Going to Get Bigger This Summer," 6 Apr. 2021 How about the barometric pressure for Tuesday night's bass tourney? The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Reasons You Need a Personal Weather Station," 4 Dec. 2020 Wind and low barometric pressure can increase the effect, and that is what brought a handful of people onto Pier 3, where the water could be felt splashing and heard lashing the wooden planks underfoot. Sam Whiting,, "King Tides along S.F.’s Embarcadero offer welcome dose of excitement," 13 Dec. 2020 Many hunting algorithms focus too heavily on barometric pressure. Outdoor Life, "Busting 4 Whitetail Weather Myths," 20 Oct. 2020 An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft and crew made a 10-hour round-trip flight into the eye of the hurricane to measure wind speeds and barometric pressure. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Hurricane Iota nears 'catastrophic' Category 5 strength ahead of landfall in Central America," 16 Nov. 2020 SpaceX also improved part of the capsule’s barometric pressure sensor to give more accurate measurements to help determine when to deploy the spacecraft’s drogue parachutes, which help slow it for splashdown. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, "SpaceX launches four astronauts to the International Space Station," 15 Nov. 2020 The company's engineers also found that the barometric pressure sensor used to measure altitude during the parachute deployment sequence needed to be improved. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "It’s launch day for the historic Crew-1 mission to the space station," 15 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of barometric pressure

1804, in the meaning defined above

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“Barometric pressure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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