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Stories from Gletsch

Weather column in the hotel garden

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- Story 7

Today, we are used to being able to consult a wide range of weather data. There are not only indicators in flora and fauna to prove global warming. In some cases, science can rely on over 150 years of reliable measurements.

As it is necessary to record this data day and night, year in, year out, many of these measuring stations have been automated to date. Modern weather stations are small containers with a purely functional design that automatically send their data to the weather centers.


Things used to be different. The weather station in Gletsch from 1903 is a beautiful, lovingly designed column. It can be assumed that it was regularly consulted by guests and hosts alike to find out whether sun, rain or snow was expected the next day.


There are no electronics in these devices. The temperature fluctuations can be read off the maximum/minimum thermometer. In addition to mercury, the tubes also contain another liquid. The pins then show the minima and maxima - but only if a specialist resets the pins with a magnet every morning and evening. The position of a (voluntary) meteorological expert, who would then also read and interpret the barometers and hygroscopes, is vacant today.


But even without supervision, the Lambrecht weather pillar is a wonderful contemporary witness to the art of precision engineering.


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