An anemometer or windmeter is a device uised for meisurin wind speed, an is a common wather station instrument. The term is derived frae the Greek wird anemos, meanin wind, is uised tae describe ony airspeed measurement instrument uised in meteorology or aerodynamics. The first kent description o an anemometer wis gien bi Leon Battista Alberti aropnd 1450.[1]

A hemispherical cup anemometer o the teep inventit in 1846 bi John Thomas Romney Robinson

Anemometers can be dividit intae twa classes: those that measur the wind's speed, an those that measur the wind's pressur; but as thare is a close connection atween the pressur an the speed, an anemometer designed for ane will gie information aboot baith.


  1. Invention of the Meteorological Instruments, W.E. Knowles Middleton, Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, 1969