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May 31, 2007

May 2007 Round Up for Weather Snob

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May has been quite at month here at Weather Snob. We've enjoyed reading and learning about a ton of wireless weather stations and other weather wonders. You may want to check out the Honeywell Wireless Personal Weather Station - TE219ELW and the Honeywell TN924W Complete Wireless Home Weather Station. They are our new favorites - or weather station darlings for the month of May. Stay tuned for a full review of the La Crosse Technology WS-7049U Mahogany Wireless Weather Station with Remote Temperature Sensor. We've been running it through the Weather Snob review process and surprisingly - it's holding up well.


Weather Stations and Weather Gadgets

Oregon Scientific WMR100BOXTIT Professional Wireless Weather Station
American Red Cross FR400 Emergency Radio
Honeywell TC681ELW Wireless Weather Station w/Analog Quartz Clock
Honeywell TN924W Complete Wireless Home Weather Station
Chaney Instrument Wireless Weather Station w/ Remote
Oregon Scientific WeatherNow II - WMS802
Honeywell Wireless Personal Weather Station - TE219ELW
Oregon Scientific BHT668A Cable-Free Modular Weather Station
Save $40 on the La Crosse Technology WS-7049U Mahogany Wireless Weather Station with Remote Temperature Sensor
Digital Compass Watch With Altimeter
Oregon Scientific RGR126 Cable Free Long Range Rain Gauge
Timex TX5100 Electronic LCD Indoor Thermometer/Hygrometer with Clock
Melitta ME1MSB Smart Brew Coffeemaker

General Weather News
What to Pack for a Hurricane at Yahoo!
Internet Umbrella - Get the Weather in the Weather
Dark Storm Movie Premiere
Riding the Solar Wind on a 30-Mile Sail
Researchers Call for New Hurricane Prediction System
It's Bad Meteorology Friday Greenhouse Style!
Mars Has the Worst Weather in the Solar System
Solar Radiation Tools of the Atmospheric Scientist

Weather Software
Vista Weather Gadget Sidebar Update

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May 30, 2007

Oregon Scientific WMR100BOXTIT Professional Wireless Weather Station

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The Oregon Scientific WMR100BOXTIT Professional Wireless Weather Station features an easy setup and also a rotary dial for easy information access. The WMR100 monitors six different weather measurements and includes an atomic clock for precise time. An all-in-one sensor pole offers easy set-up, and you can even expand the sensors for additional weather monitoring. Software is also available for your PC and can be used with a USB connection.

  • Rotary dial controls for easy console navigation
  • Includes five sensors for comprehensive weather information (UV sensor available for purchase separately)
  • Forecast the weather 12 to 24 hours in advance using graphical icons
  • Displays temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind, rainfall, dew point, windchill, and heat index data
  • Bar graph shows 24-hour history of barometric, UV Index, and rainfall data
  • Automatically sets itself to the U.S. Atomic Clock and adjusts for Daylight Saving Time; includes alarm
  • Wind sensor provides information on wind speed, gust, and direction
  • PC software available for use with USB connection
  • Moon phase icon helps gauge moonlight and tides for outdoor activities
  • Displays three levels of temperature and humidity trends: Rising, Steady, or Falling
  • Wireless sensors transmit data from up to 300 feet from main unit
  • Minimum/maximum temperature and humidity memory with time/date stamp
  • HiGlo™ electroluminescent backlight
  • Customizable weather alarms
  • Altitude adjustment for barometric pressure
  • Minimum System Requirements: Windows 32-bit operating system

At Oregon Scientific WMR100BOXTIT Professional Wireless Weather Station

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May 29, 2007

Internet Umbrella - Get the Weather in the Weather

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We like the idea of it raining out and being able to see when it's going to stop using our umbrella. And when we think more about the Internet-ready Umbrella, raining is the only time you'd use it. Hmmm...worth it? Most likely if you're waiting at a bus stop or taking a long walk and want to read some email or check the weather. The prototype umbrella also features a GPS, digital compass, and can connect with Flickr and Google earth - maybe there's more to Internet-ready Umbrellas than meets the eye.

You can view a full video of the Internet Umbrella here.

Via Core 77

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May 25, 2007

American Red Cross FR400 Emergency Radio


We have an entire emergency kit, weather alert monitor, and this radio ready to go. With over 13-20 hurricanes predicted for the 2007 Summer season, we want to be ready. You want to get a hand crank radio not only to be able to run it without batteries, but this radio can also charge your cell phone, get TV channels, and more. In addition to helping to keep you and your family safe, your purchase will help the American Red Cross. Etón Corporation will give .70 of the sales price to support the American Red Cross.

At American Red Cross FR400 Emergency Radio

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May 24, 2007

Honeywell TC681ELW Wireless Weather Station w/Analog Quartz Clock

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We're partial to old school meets new school design and the Honeywell TC681ELW Wireless Weather Station w/Analog Quartz Clock has it. We love the blue display and analog clock, as it really does combine old and new information the way we like it. We also like the fact it has comfort level indicators along with the min/max temperature for the day. Also - the ability to have 3 temperature sensors will eliminate having just one temperature so you can get an average around your house instead of a misreading with the temperature gauge in the direct Sun.

Features:

  • Quartz clock with classic analog readout.
  • Crescendo alarm with snooze.
  • Indoor and outdoor temperature. 12 to 24 weather forecast (with icons).
  • Programmable temperature alarm.
  • Outdoor temperature range: lithium batteries: -38°F to 158°F (-38.8°C to 70°C) or alkaline batteries: -4°F to 158°F (-20°C to 70°C).
  • Indoor and outdoor humidity. Humidity range 25% to 90%.
  • Comfort level indicators.
  • Remote channels auto scan.
  • Min/Max memory for temperature & humidity.
  • Monitors temperature and humidity from up to 3 remote locations.
  • Remote sensor (TS33C) included.
  • Reception range of up to 200 feet (60 meters).
  • Enhanced blue backlight for digital display.
  • LED backlight for analog display.
  • Uses 4 AA batteries (not included).

At Honeywell TC681ELW Wireless Weather Station w/Analog Quartz Clock

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What to Pack for a Hurricane at Yahoo!

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Yahoo! has a pretty amazing little feature on hurricane info. They also have a set of really solid suggested sites you should check out including:

At What to Pack for a Hurricane

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May 23, 2007

Dark Storm Movie Premiere

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Weather movies are making a come back - can you say BALDWIN! Hehehe...premiering this Saturday, Dark Storm takes us to an all new low for weather sci-fi movies.

On a secret military base a group of scientists have made a discovery unequaled since the invention of the A-bomb; code-named Eruptor, it's a device that supercharges Dark Matter and uses it to change the molecular structure of its target, thereby eradicating it. But when the Eruptor malfunctions and a leading scientist on the project is blasted with Dark Matter, he receives incredible abilities that allow him to control the weather, as the same device now threatens the world!

At Dark Storm

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May 22, 2007

Honeywell TN924W Complete Wireless Home Weather Station

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We're rather excited about the Honeywell TN924W Complete Wireless Home Weather Station. It's got just about everything you want in a home wireless weather station - time, weather, sensors, wind, rain gauge, and other great features. It's even got a rather amazing programmable ice alarm to tell you when things aren't going so well. Oh and did we mention a moon phase feature? We'll have a full run down after our review unit arrives with first impressions.

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May 18, 2007

Chaney Instrument Wireless Weather Station w/ Remote


This handy desktop weather station monitors indoor and outdoor temperature, outdoor temperature trends, and features minimum and maximum temperature memory functions. It displays in your choice of Fahrenheit or Celsius. The clock receives official broadcasts of Atomic Time updates via radio and sets itself accordingly for optimal precision. The clock is equipped with an alarm, snooze button, and backlight feature. The weather station also features indoor and outdoor humidity displays, weather forecasting, and a calendar with moon phase monitoring. The unit includes one remote sensor and can receive data from up to 3 remote sensors (purchased separately).

  • Product Description
  • Main Unit: W 51/4 x H 31/2 x D 1
  • Sensor: W 21/2 x H 31/2 x D 1
  • Indoor/outdoor temperature display
  • Radio-controlled atomic clock with alarm
  • Dual snooze
  • Trend bar indicators
  • Indoor/outdoor humidity display
  • Barometer
  • Weather forecaster
  • Min/max memory

At Chaney Instrument Wireless Weather Station w/ Remote

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May 17, 2007

Oregon Scientific WeatherNow II - WMS802

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Plug it in, and you're done! No sensors, no set up, no hassles. This weather station uses the MSN® Direct service to receive regional weather information without the use of any outdoor sensors. Users can get real-time, 4-day weather forecast information, including the chance of precipitation. They can also receive current regional weather data, including temperature, humidity, UV Index and a unique “feels like” temperature reading that combines temperature and humidity into one easy reading. A radio-controlled clock/calendar also displays today’s sunrise and sunset information, all within a sleek blue case.

  • Nothing to set up and no PC required—plug in and you’re done
  • Displays today’s weather forecast and next three days, including chance of precipitation
  • MSN® Direct Weather Service in top 100 metro areas
  • Displays regional weather data without the use of external sensors
  • Displays 4-day regional forecast with graphic icons and chance of precipitation
  • Displays regional: Current temperature and humidity with trend; High/low temperature; UV Index and ‘feels like’ temperature; Sunrise/sunset times
  • Radio-controlled time
  • Displays indoor temperature
  • 2 crescendo alarms with 8-minute snooze function
  • Displays day and date
  • Powered by 6V AC adapter (included); uses 4 AA batteries for backup (included

At Oregon Scientific WeatherNow II

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May 16, 2007

Honeywell Wireless Personal Weather Station - TE219ELW


Call us "blue backlit freaks, but we love the blue backlight in just about any weather device. This personal weather station from Honeywell displays indoor and outdoor temperature and the internal memory stores minimum and maximum temperatures for both indoor and outdoor locations. The clock automatically sets to U.S. atomic clock and has dual crescendo alarm with snooze and it does include a remote sensor with transmission range of up to 100’

At Honeywell Wireless Personal Weather Station - TE219ELW

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May 15, 2007

Researchers Call for New Hurricane Prediction System

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It's about time they update the rather pathetic hurricane prediction system. We'd like to say it always appears to be a crap shoot on what hurricane will turn into what level of trouble.

Timothy Reinhold, engineer of the Institute for Business & Home Safety, and Mark Powell, a meteorologist with the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, want to institute a new system to predict hurricanes’ damage potential. The Saffir-Simpson Scale is the current one which gives a 1 to 5 rating based on wind speed, strength, and surge. The two say that this system can’t handle just how destructive a storm can be by predicting its size and reach.

Reinhold, the former deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, feels that their classification system could have warned Gulf residents of the magnitude of the hurricane before Katrina hit, thereby allowing them better staying/relocation choices.

“We have known for some time that the level of surge and surge-related damage is not well correlated with the maximum wind speeds at landfall.”

Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, although the Sub-tropical Storm Andrea occurred May 9. The two are expected to test out their idea this year.

Via Gear Live At Live Science

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May 14, 2007

Oregon Scientific BHT668A Cable-Free Modular Weather Station

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This Oregon Scientific weather station features a modular design that lets you put different displays in different locations around the home or office. So, if you want the uber weather dashboard on your desk with everything - you can have it, or you can break the weather modules apart and spread your weather information throughout the house where you want it. There are four compact monitoring instruments that can be used separately or bracketed together.

  • The Barometer is equipped with a forecast feature that shows what the weather will be like for the next 12 to 24 hours. Oregon Scientific's Exact-Set Clock with alarm monitors electronic time signals transmitted by the U.S. Atomic Clock, and sets itself automatically.
  • The Rain Gauge accurately measures rainfall and then empties on its own so there's no running out to the yard between storms.
  • The indoor module displays daily rainfall and records nine days worth of rainfall data.
  • The Thermo-Hygrometer measures outdoor temperature and relative humidity. All this with an elegant Scandinavian design, too!

At Oregon Scientific BHT668A Cable-Free Modular Weather Station

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May 12, 2007

Save $40 on the La Crosse Technology WS-7049U Mahogany Wireless Weather Station with Remote Temperature Sensor

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Okay so that's a mouthful to say, "La Crosse Technology WS-7049U Mahogany Wireless Weather Station with Remote Temperature Sensor", but it's a really great deal at $17.99 today on Woot! Normally priced at $59.99 you'll save $40 bucks and some change. We ordered one and will have a full review soon.

Let’s take a moment to remember “weather girls”, a now-extinct species of TV weatherperson. (No, we’re not talking about the band who did “It’s Raining Men.”) The idea behind this chauvinistic bit of typecasting was that since weather was the most boring segment of a newscast, you had to spice it up with a fabulous mini-skirted weatherbabe. Otherwise, you risked losing the attention of the Y-chromosomed portion of your viewing audience. Ultimately, what one might call the Willard Scott Doctrine firmly established that people want a mildly humorous, non-threatening, mild-mannered type calling out the highs and lows – and they’d better not be too good-looking. Take a look at the action news team near you: chances are the weatherperson is the homeliest of the bunch, especially if it happens to be a dude. It’s no coincidence that David Letterman got his start as a weatherguy.

At Woot : One Day, One Deal and Amazon.com if you miss the deal.

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May 11, 2007

Mars Has the Worst Weather in the Solar System

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Oh Mars - your weather just sucks. With tornados as tall as Mount Everest and hurricanes twice the size of Hurricane Andrew why do we even want to go there. Must be for the bad weather, because I can't see any other reason. Soon we'll be launching a robot to land where humans might colonize - I guess they'll just have to ride out terrible storms each day.

When the next mission to Mars lifts off in April, another robotic probe will be sent to learn more about conditions on aplanet where humans may one day live. One great reason that we send robots:They don't mind crummy weather. When we humans follow, to Mars or anywhere elsein the solar system, weather extremes like none we know await.

At Mars, Hurricane Andrew would stick in the memory as a gentle breeze. The discovery of the South Poleback on Earth would be retold as Roald Amundsen's pleasant summer stroll.And the oppressive heat and biting sandstorms of the Mojave? Hang on to yourcosmic hats.

Because the wildest,wackiest and worst weather known does not occur on Earth. For truly tempestuoustemperatures, take a trip to roasting Venus or frigid Pluto. Want some wind?The giant planets will blow you away.

And before you say,"But Mars is the planet we're most likely to colonize," consider tornadoes as tall as Mount Everest.

At SPACE.com

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May 10, 2007

Digital Compass Watch With Altimeter

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Need to get the weather on that all important camping trip with the family? Look no further than the The Digital Compass Watch with Altimeter. It provides the essential information while you hike, camp, bike and perform other outside activities: especially for extended periods of time. The Digital Compass Watch with Altimeter features electronic sensors which monitor the outdoor conditions (e.g. weather forecast, temperature, barometer, altitude, and compass directions) The Digital Compass Watch with Altimeter also includes regular time, dual time, daily alarm, chronograph, and a timer in a sleek water resistant case.

At Digital Compass Watch With Altimeter

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May 9, 2007

Riding the Solar Wind on a 30-Mile Sail

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It's nice to see someone trying to take advantage of solar winds for spaceship propulsion instead of methane gas, nuclear cells, or other more mundane options. :-) This article over at Wired outlines a team from the Kumpula Space Center in Finland proposing a huge electronic sail for spacecraft that may dramatically reduce journey times across the solar system. Thank the gods! Anything to reduce time to get off this planet would be great. I'm in my mid-thirties now and the Moon is the best we can do? Come on solar winds...blow some seeds of change.

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May 8, 2007

Melitta ME1MSB Smart Brew Coffeemaker

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Get your coffee and weather in one cup with the Melitta ME1MSB Smart Brew Coffeemaker. Not only does the coffeemaker brew great-tasting coffee, it also provides animated weather information on its large, bright-blue backlit LCD display.

How does it do it? Much like the Ambient Device Weather Forecaster which is plug and play, the coffeemaker uses the MSN Direct region-specific up-to-the-minute weather information is transmitted via an FM signal within minutes of plugging in the coffeemaker--there's no setup, subscription, or Internet connection required. The appliance displays the current temperature and conditions, high and low temperatures, and chance of precipitation, as well as four-day weather forecasts. The coffeemaker also displays scrolling weather information; visibility; sunrise/sunset time; the UV index; and National Weather Service warnings and alerts (the display flashes when a warning alert is issued).

At Melitta ME1MSB Smart Brew Coffeemaker

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May 4, 2007

It's Bad Meteorology Friday Greenhouse Style!

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There's a common misconception that Greenhouse gases are bad and that if we got rid of them - we'd stop global warming. Well - not true. We need greenhouse gases to survive and warm the planet, but we don't need as many as we're producing now.

Here's a common misconception:

The greenhouse effect is caused when gases in the atmosphere behave as a blanket and trap radiation which is then reradiated to the Earth.

Read Bad Greenhouse to get set straight on greenhouse gases.

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May 3, 2007

Oregon Scientific RGR126 Cable Free Long Range Rain Gauge


Checking the plastic rain gauge oftentimes means a trip out to the garden, in the rain, and then a lot of record keeping. A great way to stay abreast of the garden's irrigation needs without getting wet, Oregon Scientific's wireless, remote rain gauge features a self-emptying rain cup that measures and then dumps collected rainfall. Nine-day memory and indoor/outdoor temperature readings help monitor precipitation and weather patterns over time. An automatic a wireless transmission range of up to 300 feet with the rain gauge and up to 100 feet for the thermometer means a lot less back-and-forth. The unit displays daily readings, 9-day histories, and total rainfall records. Rainfall measurements are shown in inches or millimeters. The gauge also features a high rainfall alarm, comes with two AA batteries for the gauge and two AAA batteries for the sensor.

At Oregon Scientific RGR126 Cable Free Long Range Rain Gauge

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May 2, 2007

Timex TX5100 Electronic LCD Indoor Thermometer/Hygrometer with Clock


They say it's not the heat, but the humidity. Well fret not, because the versatile Timex TX5100 electronic thermometer/hygrometer displays both at the same time. The compact unit--which sits unobtrusively on a desktop, table, or shelf--sports a three-line, see-through LCD panel that simultaneously shows the time, indoor temperature, and indoor humidity in digits over 0.34 inches tall. As a result, the device is ideal for greenhouses, saunas, humidors, homes with expensive art collections, and a host of other indoor locations. The TX5100 also offers a number of comfort-related icons, including a happy face (for comfort) that appears when the temperature is between 68 and 78.8 degrees F and the humidity is between 40 and 70 percent. The wet icon, meanwhile, appears when the humidity is between 70 and 90 percent (as does the "not happy" face), while the dry icon shows up between 30 and 40 percent. Should the humidity dip or rise above the 20 to 90 percent measuring range, the TX5100 displays a Hi° or Lo° icon.

At Timex TX5100 Electronic LCD Indoor Thermometer/Hygrometer with Clock

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May 1, 2007

Solar Radiation Tools of the Atmospheric Scientist

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I've really been into solar radiation lately - reading about various topics I had no idea even existed. I know the driving force behind all of our weather on Earth is the sun, but who knew there was so much to it when different air masses, pollution, and other factors come into play. Check out this rather interesting site with pictures of various devices used to measure solar radiation and it's effects.

The uneven heating of the Earth's surface by the sun contributes to the formation of different air masses and influences ocean currents. Energy from the sun reaches the Earth-atmosphere system in the form of electromagnetic radiation. However, only about half of the solar radiation makes it to the Earth's surface. The rest is either absorbed or reflected by clouds and the atmosphere. The Earth's surface itself can emit infrared radiation. ARM scientists use radiometers (instruments for measuring radiant energy) to continuously monitor this balance between incoming and outgoing radiation.

Read and See Tools of the Atmospheric Scientist

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Vista Weather Gadget Sidebar Update

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We admit that we have a copy of Vista on our Mac. Yep - we run Vista using Mac's Bootcamp and we have to say - it's the best looking yet buggy version of Windows yet. We like the default weather gadget that comes with Vista, but the this tweak from a windows Vista gadget maker improves the Vista Weather Gadget.

  • Tweaked the colors. The night time text should now be easier to read. Thanks to danilloOc for this suggestion.
  • Fixed a bug with the day's high, where it was not switching to celcius and was reporting the wrong temperature. Thanks to OlivierMDVY for reporting this.
  • Clicking on the widget now switches between the small and expanded views, instead of just hiding/showing the expanded forecast.

At WinCustomize: Vista Weather

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