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October 31, 2007

October 2007 Monthly Round-Up for Weather Snob

It's been a busy month here at Weather Snob. The weather has been getting colder and we've been getting more weather gadgets to review. We'll have full reviews of the Oregon Scientific WeatherNow II Home Weather Forecaster and others very soon.

Weather Forecasters
La Crosse Technology WS-8117U-IT Atomic Wall Clock with Indoor and Outdoor Temperature and Moon Phase
Waterdrop Weather Station - Get Your Weather Egg On
Oregon Scientific WeatherNow II Home Weather Forecaster Arrives for Review
In-Store Sightings: Oregon Scientific Crystal Weather Station
Phillipe Starck Radio-Controlled Clock with Barometer
Vermont Copper Wall Barometer - A Lifetime of Weather Forecasting
Oregon Scientific's Weather In Motion clock with Proximity Sensor
Topcon AgCam Weather Station

Weather Photos and Sites
Weather Photo Friday: Big Clouds
WXnation: Weather Forecast, Radar, and Live Webcam Resource
Weather Photo Friday: Stormy October Nights
Weather Wiz Kids

Weather Gadgets
SteriPEN Traveler Handheld Water Purifier
Cheshire Cat Weathervane - Mesmerize Your Weather
TV Weather Station - Create Your Own Weather Channel at Home
Great White Shark Weathervane - Eat Your Neighbors
The Weather Makers : How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth
Floating Oil Filled Glass Orbs Tell Indoor Temperature
Get Weather Kayaking with the Brunton ADC Pro Atmospheric Portable Data Center
First Alert WX-17 Portable NOAA Emergency Alert Radio
Emergency Survival Sleeping Bags - Stay Warm for 18 Hours
GraGraph Home Earthquake Meter Measures Quakes

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October 30, 2007

La Crosse Technology WS-8117U-IT Atomic Wall Clock with Indoor and Outdoor Temperature and Moon Phase

This La Crosse Technology WS-8117U-IT Atomic wall clock with indoor and outdoor temperature brings you an attractive and highly functional design. It monitors the indoor and outdoor temperatures and also includes the moon phases, a perpetual calendar, the Atomic time and date, and a time zone setting.

At La Crosse Technology WS-8117U-IT Atomic Wall Clock with Indoor and Outdoor Temperature and Moon Phase

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October 29, 2007

Waterdrop Weather Station - Get Your Weather Egg On

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Looking more like a weather egg than a weather water-drop, this weather station from Sharper Image features an illuminated LCD screen, forecast icons with color code; temperature (F°/C° indoor/outdoor); humidity (25% - 95%); maximum temperature and humidity; barometric pressure (24-hour); moon phase; and U.S. Atomic time and date; alarm clock setting. We like the easy to read display, and when we visited in-store we thought it was large at first, but the size really helps the readability from a good 10-15 feet.

  • Includes outdoor sensor with 433MHz transmitter (runs on 2 AA batteries, order batteries separately).
  • Hands-free infrared sensor — wave your hand within three inches to turn off the alarm clock and activate a five-minute snooze. Also illuminates the screen for five seconds.
  • Plugs in with AC adapter (included).
  • Can also be powered by 4 AA batteries (order separately).

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The in-store model looks good. It's a bit
more red and more glossy.

At Sharper Image Waterdrop Weather Station

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October 26, 2007

Weather Photo Friday: Big Clouds

They're big and building...:-)


Originally uploaded by obLiterate
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October 25, 2007

WXnation: Weather Forecast, Radar, and Live Webcam Resource

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They really do have it all. Webcams, radar, and live weather - WXNation is the place to be for weather. We found ourselves completely lost in weather related pictures and info.

At WXnation: Weather Forecast, Radar, and Live

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October 24, 2007

Oregon Scientific WeatherNow II Home Weather Forecaster Arrives for Review

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We're pretty excited to have our first Oregon Scientic product in the WeatherSnob Weather Shack to review. The Oregon Scientific WMS802 WeatherNow II with MSN Direct Service simply plugs 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.

We'll have a full review soon.

At Oregon Scientific and Oregon Scientific WMS802 WeatherNow II with MSN Direct Service

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October 23, 2007

SteriPEN Traveler Handheld Water Purifier

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The SteriPen's Traveler Handheld Water Purifier is about half the size of the original, and we think a better option when there's bad weather causing bad drinking water in your area.The SteriPEN purifier is the only portable water purifier that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to destroy waterborne microbes. Whether your source is a woodland brook or an overseas hotel tap, SteriPEN sterilizes clear water by destroying viruses, bacteria and protozoa--including Giardia and Cryptosporidium--in seconds. Carry a SteriPEN to disinfect water wherever you travel, hike, camp or trek. It's the fastest route to pure, safe drinking water anywhere.

Via Acquire

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October 22, 2007

In-Store Sightings: Oregon Scientific Crystal Weather Station

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We visited Sharper Image over the weekend, and spotted the Oregon Scientific Crystal Weather Station. The crystal weather station is really impressive in person. The crystals of sun, rain, and clouds look pretty amazing, and the display is also very clear and easy to read. The heft of the crystal weather station is also impressive, and we think this is one of the best looking home weather stations we've seen.

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October 19, 2007

Cheshire Cat Weathervane - Mesmerize Your Weather

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Nothing says weathervane like a Cheshire Cat weathervane. Mesmerizing to look at, this cat weathervane features glass eyes, brass whiskers, gold leafed stripes and a large gold leafed grin. With the gold leafed smile, as the Cheshire cat moves through the patina process, its smile always remains golden. Distinct tooling gives the fur a realistic texture on the body. Glass eye color can be selected to accommodate a variety of cat's eye colors.

At Cheshire Cat Weathervane

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October 18, 2007

Phillipe Starck Radio-Controlled Clock with Barometer

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We like all things Phillipe Starck, and we especially like this alarm clock with barometer for a 12-24 hour forecast. With a sleek form and color that can only be the work of widely-acclaimed French designer Philippe Starck, Oregon Scientific's Starck Collection presents the perfect blend of contemporary design and high tech weather monitoring. The barometer features easy-to-read weather forecast symbols (sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy and rainy), and graphical trend indicators (rising, falling, or steady). An optional altitude compensation setting (-100 m to 2500 m) keeps weather forecasts accurate at lower and higher elevations. Oregon Scientific's HiGlo backlight ensures easy night-time viewing.

  • Displays barometric pressure, humidity and temperature trends
  • Graphical trend indicator (rising, falling, or steady),
  • Optional altitude compensation setting (-100 m to 2500 m)
  • Clock synchronizes with US Atomic Clock

At Phillipe Starck Radio-Controlled Clock with Barometer

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October 17, 2007

Vermont Copper Wall Barometer - A Lifetime of Weather Forecasting

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Sometimes I wonder why we have to cover all the high tech solutions for weather forecasting when the tried and true indoor weather barometer will tell you the forecast with ease. You can use this copper Vermont Wall Barometer to find out the weather any time. Simply align the indicator hand with pointer and monitor the change. Forecasts the weather 12 to 24 hrs in advance which for most of us is plenty. The large 8.25 inch diameter face is easy to read, and best of all guaranteed for life!

At Vermont Copper Wall Barometer

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October 16, 2007

TV Weather Station - Create Your Own Weather Channel at Home

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Remember those late nights in your youth where you would turn to your local station and see images of a barometer, temperature gauge, etc. spinning endlessly, telling you the local weather? Now you can have your own dedicated weather at home 24 hours a day. This home weather station connects to your TV and provides an in-depth readout of the current conditions around your home. An included temperature, rain and wind sensor can be placed around your yard, and wirelessly broadcasts the data collected back to the base station in your house.

Your personal home weather channel will have details on:

  • current temperature inside and outside
  • wind chill factor
  • wind direction
  • wind speed
  • barometric trend
  • rainfall
  • humidity

The receiver will also calculate a forecast based on weather trends over the past 72 hours, and it's only going to cost you $129.99.

Via OhGizmo! at TV Weather Station

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October 15, 2007

Weather Wiz Kids

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We love finding sites designed by TV meteorologists. This site designed by Crystal Wicker is makde just for kids - Weather Wiz Kids. There's actually quite a bit of info on all things weather on the stie, and we give Crystal a big thumbs up from the Weather Snob.

Hi everybody! I’m Meteorologist Crystal Wicker and welcome to Weather Wiz Kids®. I'm a television meteorologist for the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis, Indiana. I designed this website especially for kids to allow them to learn more about the fascinating world of weather. It’s also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents that gives them the right tools they need to explain the different types of weather to children.

At Weather Wiz Kids

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October 12, 2007

Weather Photo Friday: Stormy October Nights

Add a little bit of storm and a cemetery and you have some amazing October nights.


Originally uploaded by Deb Rinaldis
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October 11, 2007

Oregon Scientific's Weather In Motion clock with Proximity Sensor

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Finally a weather radio alarm clock that knows I'm around! Instead of displaying all information at the same time, this smart weather clock uses motion sensor technology to detect how close you are to the device before displaying select information. The current time, day and weather forecast display in large digits and icons when you are far away from the weather clock. As you approach the unit, the Weather In Motion switches to showing the indoor and outdoor temperature readings, while the time and weather forecast icons automatically reduce in size. You can also set to auto “scroll” mode and the display will smoothly shift the information every five seconds.

  • Infrared motion sensor for display change (sensor detection range: 0.5 to 2 feet)
  • Near mode—Displays time, indoor and outdoor temperature and weather forecast
  • Far mode—Displays time, day of the week and weather forecast
  • Displays indoor and outdoor temperature (up to 3 channels)
  • Displays weather forecasts with graphical icons: Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy and Rainy
  • Automatically sets itself to the U.S. Atomic Clock and adjusts for Daylight Saving Time
  • User selectable 12-24 hour format clock with crescendo alarm with 8-minute snooze function
  • Weekday selectable in 5 languages: English, French, Danish, Italian and Spanish
  • Time zone settings: Pacific, Mountain, Central, Eastern
  • Celsius or Fahrenheit temperature display

Via Engadget at Weather In Motion

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October 10, 2007

The Weather Makers : How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth

We think this book looks pretty good. Not only does the author tackle current weather issues, but he also goes back to see why the fossil fuel issue is such a big one.

From Publisher's Weekly:

Mammologist and paleontologist Flannery (The Eternal Frontier), who in recent years has become well known for his controversial ideas on conservation, the environment and population control, presents a straightforward and powerfully written look at the connection between climate change and global warming. It's destined to become required reading following Hurricane Katrina as the focus shifts to the natural forces that may have produced such a devastating event. Much of the book's success is rooted in Flannery's succinct and fascinating insights into related topics, such as the differences between the terms greenhouse effect, global warming and climate change, and how the El Niño cycle of extreme climatic events "had a profound re-organising effect on nature." But the heart of the book is Flannery's impassioned look at the earth's "colossal" carbon dioxide pollution problem and his argument for how we can shift from our current global reliance on fossil fuels [...]. Flannery consistently produces the hard goods related to his main message that our environmental behavior makes us all "weather makers" who "already possess all the tools required to avoid catastrophic climate change."

At The Weather Makers : How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth

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October 9, 2007

Topcon AgCam Weather Station

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The company's X20 weather station module incorporates a combination of sensors to record and report important weather information. The station provides continuous weather motoring to the X20, enabling the operator to view weather data while performing any agricultural application. Suggested retail price is $2,405.

For more information, contact Topcon Positioning Systems, 7400 National Dr., Livermore, CA 94551, 925/245-8300, www.topconpositioning.com.

Via

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October 8, 2007

Great White Shark Weathervane - Eat Your Neighbors

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I think I'm going to need a bigger house. The Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) weather vane featured in this image consists of an all copper shark. The eyes are made from handcrafted glass eyes with black pupils. People who order this weather vane get to choose the eye color they want for their weather vane, but we think you should stick with black.

At Shark-weathervane-Great-White-Shark

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October 5, 2007

Floating Oil Filled Glass Orbs Tell Indoor Temperature

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I've always wanted one of these glass thermometers. Recently, I saw one in the home of a neighbor, and was immediately struck by how cool they are. Galileo Thermometers are magnificent creations that make Galileo's 400 year old principle of relative density a functional reality. An accurate indoor thermometer encased in brilliant glass, the Galileo is the point at which art meets science. Each of the liquid-filled floats weighs exactly.006 grams more than the one above it in the cylinder to ensure a stately and orderly procession of ups and downs as the temperature changes.

At Galileo 17" Liquid Thermometer

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October 4, 2007

Get Weather Kayaking with the Brunton ADC Pro Atmospheric Portable Data Center

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Whether you're riding the rapids in a whitewater kayak or reading the barometric pressure trends when the fish are rising, the Brunton ADC Pro atmospheric data center gathers and records all the key weather conditions. The ADC Pro displays such information as relative humidity, heat index, dew point, barometric pressure, and wet bulb, so you'll always know the current conditions and what's around the corner. Let your partners believe you're predicting the rain with some sort of mind-bending, supernatural powers. Brunton will take care of the science. Humidity and heat index are just a couple of the ADC Pro's vast data capabilities.

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October 3, 2007

First Alert WX-17 Portable NOAA Emergency Alert Radio

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With the recent recall of over 66,000 Oregon Scientific Portable NOAA Emergency Alert Radios, you might want to check out some other brands until they get fixed. The First Alert NOAA weather radio receives emergency alert warnings from the National Weather Service 24 hours a day, and receives all 7 NOAA weather and hazard channels, as well as AM/FM band radio for casual daily use.

  • Features an emergency alert siren, a handle, and an earphone jack for noisy and quiet environments
  • Powered by included AC adapter for desktop use, with 4 AA battery backup during power outages
  • Backed by a manufacturer's 90-day warranty

At First Alert WX-17 Portable NOAA Emergency Alert Radio

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October 2, 2007

Emergency Survival Sleeping Bags - Stay Warm for 18 Hours

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After just reading an article about a woman staying alive in her car for over 8 days, I can see having more and more emergency supplies in the car as a good thing to keep out the bad weather and stay warm. We think having a set of these Emergency Survival Sleeping Bags is a good thing for the car. I'm not sure what I would have done had I gone off the road in Maine growing up in the middle of the winter. These bags are waterproof and windproof. Not only can they be used as a sleeping bags, it can also be used as an emergency ground cover or reflectors.

At Emergency Survival Sleeping Bags

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October 1, 2007

GraGraph Home Earthquake Meter Measures Quakes

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Having grown up with small earthquakes all the time in Maine (yes - I said Maine), I was always curious how strong the little quakes were. A gadget called the GraGraph has been introduced for those who want to know exactly how big an earthquake they're experiencing in real-time will be, and if they should run for the hills.

I guess I see earthquakes as ground weather. You really want to know the forecast of the big one coming, and exactly what you should to do save yourself. Costs just $85 bucks and we think it could be well worth it if you live in an area like San Francisco.

Via SCIFI.COM at EnekoShop

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