The Barometric Prognosticator III is a self illuminating
weather machine that displays a weather forecast using
flickering lamps on the clock face. It is reminiscent of
Victorian engineering, where beautifully intricate working
mechanisms are proudly displayed on polished wood. I
love this type of machine as you can see it working and in
this case it can also be heard!
The brass Preference
Valve allows you to
select the readings you
want to view and
whether you require an
rendition of historical
data. If selected, the
musical rendition provides an
audible indication of weather
changes to better help you
derive your own weather
prediction. It is played on a
flute powered by bellows, the
pitch being controlled by a
scotch yoke mechanism and a
chiming bell - no simulated
sounds here! Adhering firmly
to steampunk ideology, every part of the Barometric
Prognosticator III performs a function vital to the
mechanical communication of the weather readings. Most
of the components have been designed and fabricated
especially for this machine. It is
mounted on a beautiful polished
wooden plaque and each
machine is individually
numbered. To prevent undesired
illumination and musical
renditions, the Barometric
Prognosticator III automatically
disengages these functions
when you are not present for
more than an hour.
• Temperature, humidity and barometric pressure are read
by a wireless sensor which is placed outside.
• A computer inside the unit records the data and operates
the moving parts of the mechanism.
• Despite looking like it uses steam or compressed air, the
Barometric Prognosticator 3 runs off a plug in mains
• It is wall mounted, having two metal keyhole hangers on
• Once an order is placed it takes under six weeks to
receive the finished, tested machine.
• Each machine is individually numbered.
• Engraved labels and other elements can be further
personalised if required.
• The clock is radio controlled so never needs adjusting.
• It is 46cm high by 50cm wide by 14cm deep, although
the lamp extends to a distance of 32cm.
Having designed a couple of
custom steampunk machines, I
came up with the idea for the
Barometric Prognosticator 3 in
response to requests for a
cheaper machine. I have put a
lot of time in developing a
design I can reliably reproduce
to order in as short an amount
of time as possible.