When I was very young, about 4 or 5 years old, I was lucky enough to enjoy, for a year or two, living close to my maternal grandparents. I was in and out of their home about as much as I was my own and one of my most enduring memories is of my grandpa and his barometer. It was huge - well, that's how it seemed to little me at the time, and hung on the wall in the hall close to the front door. Every day he would lift me up in his arms and let me tap the glass, then he would adjust the needle upwards or downwards, depending on where the needle settled. That done he would then announce to the family, 'the gless is doon' or 'up', ... his way of saying that the barometer indicated a change in the weather.
Friday Smiles, you will have seen that it was a lovely day. The weather forecast, however, was for rain today. What the forecast did not prepare us for was this ...
Needless to say, the weather has been abysmal today - high winds and rain all day and very definitely stormy - proving, if proof were needed, the accuracy of our barometer.
I'll finish by saying that I hope those of you who are enduring extremes of weather, be it storms, floods, freezing snow or, even in some places, scorchingly hot, are safe and that no harm will come to you.
Take care and stay safe.