If the rain fell...

The storm spills over the small village of Upsall, just off the edges of the North Yorkshire moors and balloons out over England, finishing at sundown. But what if the rain had continued? What would England look like?

Here is a crude topographical map which shows only the mountainous regions of England above a sea of blue, which is water. The circular lines represent milage from Upsall. The outer being 250miles, the inner 100. Quite interesting really, though not useful. I think I would be sitting on a cold, tiny island in East Anglia - the bump on the right!


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Storm glass

In The Power and the Fury, Isabella decides to build a storm glass, based on a pressure barometer weather forecasting contraption of the 18th century. (Admiral Fitzroy commanded the Beagle on Charles Darwin's epic voyage that outlined his "Origin of the Species"). At one point, all coastal towns had a Fitzroy Storm Glass (see below). 

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Fitzroy Storm Glass

How the glass works:

-If the liquid in the glass is clear, the weather will be bright and clear.
-If the liquid is cloudy, the weather will be cloudy as well, perhaps with precipitation.
-If there are small dots in the liquid, humid or foggy weather can be expected.
-A cloudy glass with small stars indicates thunderstorms.
-If the liquid contains small stars on sunny winter days, then snow is coming.
-If there are large flakes throughout the liquid, it will be overcast in temperate seasons or snowy in the winter.
-If there are crystals at the bottom, this indicates frost.
-If there are threads near the top, it will be windy.

Go to this link to find out how to make your own!

A homemade Fitzroy storm Glass. 

A homemade Fitzroy storm Glass.