July 31, 2007
We featured the Ambient Umbrella Tells You When Weather is About to Happen along with several new weather radios including the: Lingo Weather Alert Radio with NOAA Alert Storage, Get Weather and Terrorist Alerts with the First Alert Emergency Radio, Public Alert Emergency Portable Weather Radio with SAME, Solar Powered Radio with Weatherband, Listen to International Weather Forecasts with the Eton S350DLS Deluxe AM/FM Shortwave Radio, GPX Weather X RWB6806DT NOAA Weatherband Radio with Emergency Features, and Midland WR10 All Hazard Radio with AM/FM Radio and NOAA.
You may also want to read: Weather Radio Purchase Guide for Public Alert Weather Radios to see what to look for when buying a weather radio.
On the weather station front we reviewed the Honeywell TN924W Complete Wireless Home Weather Station. We also featured the Handheld Weather Forecaster with Alarm Clock, Midland WR-300 AM/FM Weather/All Hazards/Civil Emergency Alert Monitor with S.A.M.E., and rather interesting weather gadget: Enjoy The Northern Lights Without The Northern Part.
On the emergency preparedness front we featured: All Weather Emergency Poncho, Black & Decker StormStation All-In-One Rechargeable Power Source, and Aqua Blox - Stay Hydrated in an Emergency.
Weather photo Friday continued with Weather Photo Friday - Hang Gliding on a Weather Front and Weather Photo Friday - Approaching Storm.
On the general weather news front we featured Global Warming Video Games and Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming.
July 31, 2007
You need to stay alive after an emergency weather situation hits and 3 days should be the longest amount of time you may need to have food and supplies. We like this compact weather kit that can support one person for three days with over 30 items including: food and water with up to a five-year shelf life, a first aid kit, hand warmer, light stick, safety matches, candle, and blanket.
- Food - Enough for 1 person for 3 days. ~ 5 Year Shelf Life.
- Blanket - 52" x 82.5". Air Activated Hand/Pocket Warmer
- Water - 5 Year Shelf Life. First Aid Kit. Light Stick.
- Candle & Waterproof Matches. One Person For Three Days!
- SUGGESTED REPLACEMENT DATE OF FEB 2012.
At The Super Ark - Survival Kit - One Person For Three Days!
July 30, 2007
Ambient Devices announced the Ambient Umbrella, the world’s first umbrella that alerts users when rain is expected.The Ambient Umbrella automatically receives weather data from Accuweather.com via Ambient’s Infocast Network. Whenever precipitation is expected in the next 12 hours, the Umbrella’s handle illuminates to suggest “today is the day to take me with you.”
Continue reading: "Ambient Umbrella Tells You When Weather is About to Happen"
July 27, 2007
Lingo is a company that mostly makes electronic hand translators for travel, but we like the compact nature and display on this weather alert readio. What's even more amazing about this little number is it can store NOAA emergency messages in the radio and play back later on if you are out of reception range or you just missed an important alert.
- Automatic Emergency Broadcasts, even when listening to radio stations.
- Automatic Activation for Emergency Broadcasts
- Broadcasts 24 Hour local weather forecasts and alerts.
- Weather and Alerts down to 1 county (Up to 9 Counties of Memory
- Auto Storage of NOAA Broadcast Messages
At Lingo Weather Alert Radio
July 26, 2007
The First Alert WX-167 Weather Radio is the next step in the evolution of the all-hazards radio warning system in the United States. In addition to providing traditional emergency weather alert warnings, the First Alert WX-167 now includes civil emergency messages such as terrorist attacks, problems at nuclear plants, industrial fires, chemical spills, biological hazards and AMBER alerts. We really aren't that excited to ever get a civil alert warning, but it's nice to have the feature.
- Specific Area Message Encoding notifies of alerts in your area only
- Receives all 7 NOAA weather/hazard channels
- Amber Alert and 911 call outage messages
- Automatically sounds a loud alert siren when emergency conditions occur in your area
- Upgradable using a PC
At First Alert WX-167 NOAA Emergency Alert Radio with S.A.M.E.: Electronics
July 25, 2007
The weather radio features an LCD display screen, backlighting for easy low-light or night viewing, and is equipped with a digital clock and daily alarm. This emergency alert weather radio monitors the seven NOAA emergency channels and also receives continuous National Weather Service weather and forecast information.
- Monitors all seven NOAA emergency alert weather channels.
- Monitors civil emergency alerts.
- Features SAME technology allowing you to localize weather alerts.
- Affordable and easily transportable yet can also be used in the home or office.
- Electro-luminescent blue backlighting makes for easy low-light and night viewing.
At Public Alert Emergency Portable Weather Radio with SAME Model WR103NX
July 24, 2007
Know the weather forecast wherever you go with the Oregon Scientific EB313HGA Handheld Weather Forecaster with Alarm Clock. Roughly the size of a cell phone, this pocket-sized weather forecaster provides a 12 to 24 hour forecast and local temperature and humidity readings in a compact, handheld design. The forecaster also doubles as a travel alarm clock with a crescendo alarm and snooze function. Its handy belt clip makes it easy to take with you on your next adventure.
- Displays 12 to 24 hour weather forecast with animated icons
- Displays temperature and humidity
- Minimum and maximum temperature and humidity memories
- Digital clock and calendar with crescendo alarm and snooze function
- Moon phase indicator
- Severe weather alert indicator
- Barometric pressure trend indicator
- Belt clip rotates to serve as a table stand
- Illuminated with HiGlo™ electro-luminescent backlight
- Operating temperature range: -4.0°F to +144.0 °F (-20.0°C to +60.0°C)
- Batteries included: 2 CR2032 watch batteries
- Dimensions: 2.25L x .5D x 3.5H (in.)
From Oregon Scientific at Oregon Scientific EB313HGA Handheld Weather Forecaster with Alarm Clock
July 23, 2007
This is the only solar powered radio we've found with Weatherband features. This combo set includes the EyeMax AM / FM Weatherband Crank/Solar Emergency Radio With Sherpa LED Flashlight. This self-powered radio offers AM, FM, and National Weather Service broadcasts. The radio covers seven National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association (NOAA) broadcast channels. The integrated solar panel will generate enough power to operate the radio and charge the battery simultaneously when exposed to strong sunlight. When you aren't using it, the radio will charge itself up if left in the sun. In addition to being able to power itself with the solar panel, just 30 seconds of winding the hand crank on the back of the radio will provide about 35 minutes of power.
At Freeplay Combo Set - EyeMax AM / FM Weatherband Crank/Solar Emergency Radio With Sherpa LED Flashlight
July 20, 2007
Approaching storms can look quite menacing, and this photo from storm clouds near Morris, IL shows just how menacing they can be and at the same time beautiful. We've never been to Morris, IL, but we have been to other parts of Illinois that are flat and show what we call BIG SKY. Perhaps on a visit to the midwest one day we'll see such an amazing storm approaching.
At Approaching Storm
July 19, 2007
We just found this amazing Weather Radio Purchase Guide for Public Alert Weather Radios over at Ambient Weather. It gives you the low down on all the weather radio categories and products including: NOAA Radio, Public Alert Radio, Emergency Radio, All Hazard Radio, SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) Radio, and others. They also give a big thumbs up to SAME technology as does the Weather Snob.
Check out this must read...
July 18, 2007
Having just spent the the early part of the summer fishing with my dad in Canada, we got hit on the St. John river with more than just fishing - a giant thunderstorm with really high winds. Boating and wind and rain just don't mix that well, and thankfully we had a set of ponchos to make it through the roughest heavy rain. You'll need to have a good poncho you can sit on and wrap around you so the wind won't take it, but if you are able to sit or just wait it out with the poncho wrapped around you, you should be fine.
All Weather Emergency Poncho
July 17, 2007
We like having a short-wave radio around for not only the news around the world but also a perspective on the weather. If you're looking for a great shortwave with clock and standard radio features along with the short-wave functions, the Etón S350DLS Deluxe AM/FM Shortwave Radio delivers. Other features include a large, full-range speaker for clear sound; a line-level output; separate bass, treble, and RF gain controls; and wide and narrow bandwidth filter controls. All this and more is contained in a case that's only 10.5 inches wide and weighs under 4 pounds.
- FM-Stereo; AM; Shortwave (3000-28000 KHz)
- Clock With Selectable 12/24 Hr. Format And Adjustable Sleep Timer
- Set Clock And Alarm While Radio Plays
- Main Tuning Knob And Independent Fine-Tuning Control
- Power Source: 4 D Or AA Cells (not included) Or AC Adapter (included)
At Eton S350DLS Deluxe AM/FM Shortwave Radio
July 16, 2007
We just finished over a month of testing on the Honeywell TN924W Complete Wireless Home Weather Station. The last month has also been a really great month to test the various features of the Honeywell TN924W Complete Wireless Home Weather Station. We've had thunderstorms, winds, rain, hot days, wet days, and other crazy weird weather. How did the Honeywell TN924W Complete Wireless Home Weather Station hold up? Is it worth the nearly $300 you'll spend to have your own wireless home weather station you can hook up to your PC and other neat features?
Continue reading: "Review: Honeywell TN924W Complete Wireless Home Weather Station"
July 13, 2007
Dave over at Critical Gamers has sent us in a set of guys who like to hang glide on weather fronts. Not only is this amazing - it's also kinda nuts. The link below has not only photos, but also videos of these hang gliding weather fiends doing all kinds of amazing stuff. If you look at the picture above the little speck is one of the guys soaring over a weather front. The Weather Snob is indeed jealous - very jealous.
At Morning Glory Cloud Soaring
July 12, 2007
Midland seems to have all the alert monitors we'd like to buy. Worried you're going out into a thunderstorm or bad weather? Find out before you go. The Midland WR-300 offers S.A.M.E. technology (Specific Area Message Encoding), which preprograms the device to receive only those warnings that apply to your local area--you can choose state, county, and/or nearby counties.
For tuning, the radio employs drift-free PLL (phase-lock loop) technology and an easy-to-read blue, backlit LCD. You get a convenient, 10-alert memory, and you can add, edit, and remove unwanted alerts at any time. The radio uses the supplied AC power adapter or four AA Batteries (not included). The single-speaker radio offers 30 programmable county codes, AM/FM tuning, date, time, alarm functions, and even auto switch from AM/FM to pertinent all-hazard alerts.
At Midland WR-300 AM/FM Weather/All Hazards/Civil Emergency Alert Monitor with S.A.M.E.
July 11, 2007
Having grown up in Northern Maine, we used to see the northern lights every other year or so if the conditions were right. We have to say, when you see them it's amazing and different each time. If you aren't going north and aren't up for the colder weather , Japanese company Banpresto has found a way to package the spectacle into a device that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.
The Aurora Palette projects an “aurora borealis-like” lighting effect onto your walls or ceiling that will supposedly create a relaxing mood in the room. It’s powered by 4 AA batteries which should keep it running for a good 20 hours and the projector head can even be angled and swiveled for aiming where the light show hits.
The Aurora Palette is available from AudioCubes.com for $55.
Via OhGizmo! at Banpresto Aurora Palette
July 10, 2007
If you live in a place that at least occasionally experiences bad weather, you'll want a Weather X NOAA Weatherband Radio with Alert and digital tune AM/FM and television audio (Channel 2-13). You'll always be prepared with a 7-channel NOAA Weatherband, a built-in clock, and flashlight. Plus, no matter what the circumstances are with power supply, you'll be able to tune in because this unit is DC-powered by rechargeable batteries (included), and has two ways to recharge the batteries. You can use the heavy duty dynamo motor for power generation or you can use an AC charge using the built-in retractable AC plug. There's even an over-charge protection circuit built in.
- Tornado, hurricane, flood, storm alerts, plus AM/FM
- Large, easy-to-read blue backlit display
- Flashlight, LCD clock, stereo headphone jack
- Rechargeable batteries are included
- Less than 6 inches tall, and less than 2 inches thick.
At GPX Weather X RWB6806DT NOAA Weatherband Radio with Emergency Features
July 9, 2007
We've recently been experiencing power outages due to thunder storms and winds, and when storm emergencies hit, it's good to have electricity, light, and a radio. It's even better to have all those things together in one place and easy to find when the lights go out. Black & Decker gives you all the emergency essentials in one handy StormStation (love the name).
This portable unit is equipped with a weather radio, power inverter, and detachable flashlight. When the power goes out, the StormStation's "Find Me" light automatically turns on. Use its 25-watt inverter to power small, essential appliances, like a clock or a cordless phone to keep lines of communication open. Or charge your cell phone via the 12-volt recharging port.
- Rechargeable emergency power source/radio/light with locator light that goes on when power goes off
- 25-watt power source for low-wattage devices; AM/FM/TV audio/weather-band radio; detachable flashlight
- Rugged plastic case with soft rubber 3-position carrying handle
- Includes 12-volt charger
- 12.3 pounds; 2-year warranty
At Black & Decker StormStation All-In-One Rechargeable Power Source
July 6, 2007
In addition to being a handy AM/FM radio for general use, Midland's WR10 Weather/Hazard Alert Radio also receives all seven NOAA weather/hazard channels, so you're always up-to-date on weather information. If you are listening to the radio, the WR10 will automatically switch to the local weather broadcast when an alert tone is transmitted. The radio can be used anywhere, providing a telescoping antenna for improved reception in remote locations and an AC power adapter. It uses a 9-volt battery for portable power support, which is not included. Though this radio isn't as popular as other hazard radios in the category, the price is right at $40.
- 7 channels for best reception
- Up to 50 miles from transmitter
- Switches automatically from AM/FM radio to your local N.O.A.A. weather broadcast whenever they activate their alert tone
- Choice of 90dB Siren, Flashing LED, or Voice Alert
- Instant weather/hazard info. 24 hrs/day
- Battery back-up (9 V backup batt. not included)
- Jacks for external antenna
At Midland WR10 All Hazard Radio with AM/FM Radio
July 5, 2007
Aqua Blox is the industry standard for survival kits. Do not settle for the packets of water. These 8.45 FL. OZ boxes contain twice the water as the outdated water pouches. They also include a straw which prevents wasting precious water. They have a 5 year shelf life and are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard..
At Aqua Blox
July 3, 2007
We're not sure why this would make you care more about climate change, but it could make for a very interesting video game if done correctly. College students in 100 countries have been asked to come up with a video game based on Global Warming by the "Xbox 360 Games for Change Challenge". According to the show, Living on Earth, the winner will receive a 25,000 dollar college scholarship with the chance that their winning game gets to go up against all the other Microsoft Xbox Live games. The competition is hoping to reach 100,000 students.
Via AccuWeather.com at Living On Earth
July 2, 2007
We're very interested in reading Storm World. As the climate debate rages on, it's interesting to see a journalist find many answers that make sense to our current climate crisis. In a pre-review over at RealClimate.org gives the book a must read. We'll see if we can get a pre-review copy before July 9th when the book debuts.
One of the leading science journalists and commentators working today, Chris Mooney delves into a red-hot debate in meteorology: whether the increasing ferocity of hurricanes is connected to global warming. In the wake of Katrina, Mooney follows the careers of leading scientists on either side of the argument through the 2006 hurricane season, tracing how the media, special interests, politics, and the weather itself have skewed and amplified what was already a fraught scientific debate. As Mooney puts it: "Scientists, like hurricanes, do extraordinary things at high wind speeds." Mooney—a native of New Orleans—has written a fascinating and urgently compelling book that calls into question the great inconvenient truth of our day: Are we responsible for making hurricanes even bigger monsters than they already are?
At Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming
July 1, 2007