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Icon Definitions and Terminology


What is Barometric Pressure?

Barometric pressure can be described as the weight of the air at a specific location, measured in inches of Mercury (inHg) or hectopascals (hPa). The pressure at sea level is 29.92 inHg. Variations in barometric pressure are associated with changes in weather conditions. Falling pressure typically indicates precipitation can be expected, while rising pressure means weather conditions are improving.

barometric pressure chart

Barometric Pressure History Chart

A Barometric Pressure History Chart is a graph, shown on many AcuRite weather station products, that tracks and displays the historical barometric pressure over an allotted amount of time up to the current time. The chart curve represents the rate of change over this allotted time period. An example of a 12-hour barometric pressure history chart is pictured on the right.


Pressure or Weather Trend Arrow

Subtle variations in barometric pressure greatly impact the weather. The Weather Trend directional arrow icon, included on many AcuRite weather station products, will show one of the following three barometric pressure trend directions, indicating potential future weather conditions:

pressure trend icon