This Can, Sometimes, Be Normal
As you'll be aware, your clock forecasts the weather purely from changes in atmospheric pressure. It has no way of measuring the temperature or humidity and so does have its limitations and will, on occasion, be tricked into forecasting something a bit surprising. At Bramwell Brown HQ, we are surrounded by clocks and so are very familiar with some of the more questionable tendencies the clocks have!
Below you will find our simple explanations for some of the more common things you may see your clock do as a result of how the algorithm with which your clock's processor is programmed.
The Forecast Hasn't Changed From 'Fair'
The clocks' default position will always tend to be 'Fair' meaning settled weather can be expected with little chance of rain. It is not at all unusual for a clock's forecast to remain on 'Fair' for several days at a time. It simply means that if there have been atmospheric pressure changes, these have either been too small to be significant or in a positive (rising) direction suggesting a continued settled outlook.
The Forecast Hasn't Changed from 'Change' or 'Rain'
Similarly, although less common, it can happen that a clock will remain stubbornly on 'Change' or even 'Rain' for longer than expected. If on change, again, this reflects that the atmospheric pressure changes have simply not been large enough to prompt the processor to move the weather scenery. If it's continued to show 'Rain' this could mean the air pressure has stayed at a low absolute air pressure value or the air pressure has continued to slowly but surely fall for that period of time.
Trouble Shooting Tips
Unlike at Bramwell Brown HQ where we can take comfort in all the clocks on the wall showing the same thing, we know it's rare for people to have more than one of our clocks to compare! It may, therefore, be helpful or reassuring to have a few things you can try should you have any concerns about your clock, despite the above explanation.
1. Check what the air pressure is doing in your exact location
This website has a brilliant tool that enables you to see what the air pressure is doing where you are and so sense check the forecast that your clock is showing. Crucially, the tool also lets you see how the pressure has been changing over the past few hours (or days). Search for your location then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "time machine". Select the time period in question then scroll down to look for the atmospheric pressure graph that the site will then produce. We're confident that the trend shown in that graph will explain any unlikely forecast shown by the clock. If not...
2. Could the batteries be running a little low?
If you haven't changed the batteries for a while (the large ones behind the covers) it may be that a lack of power is causing the clock to be a little 'lazy' and not move to a new forecast when it should. You may well find replacing the batteries is all that's needed for a much happier clock.
3. Try resetting the clock to reboot the processor
To do this, simply switch the clock off by the switch at the back, leave it off for five minutes and then switch it on again.
If You are Still Concerned and Want to Contact Us For Advice
If you've read the above and tried our tips but still think something is not right, please feel free to get in touch by submitting the form below. We will, of course, do whatever necessary to address your concerns.
It's best to complete the form while you are near to the clock in question as we need to know what happens when you try a very few specific things in order to be able to help advise you quickly and succinctly.
Please note, this form is designed only for reporting problems with either the weather scenery not moving at all, or consistently showing a forecast that you think may be wrong. If the problem would be better described as the scenery not lining up correctly, looking a bit strange or 'juddering', there is a more relevant form that you should complete instead. These can be found by clicking on relevant the in-text hyperlinks above.
Before you get started completing the form, please note:
- Do not press the 'back' button on your browser. If you need to go back, click on 'back' at the bottom of that page of the form (as shown below).
- When moving onto the next page of the form, you may need to scroll up to the top of that next page.