After this week of news we may want to create new type of weather category - Weather Robots. These round robots with their red eyes are actually air-sampling devices with direct links to the internet. These robots look for pollen, but soon a network of 100 air sensors called CitySense in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will perform a task, only looking at pollution and air pressure instead of pollen.
According to Pink Tentacle:
The so-called "Pollen Robots," which weigh 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs) and measure 30 centimeters (1 ft) across, consist of a monitoring unit housed in a spherical styrofoam shell. A pair of eyes glow 5 different colors -- white, blue, green, red and purple -- to indicate the level of Japanese cedar and cypress pollen in the air. Two hundred hay fever sufferers around the country have volunteered to hang the Pollen Robots outside their homes, where they will monitor the air and send minute-by-minute reports over the Internet to Weathernews headquarters in Tokyo.
Pretty amazing. I can imagine a world where pollen, pollution, and the UV index are more important than Sunny or Rainy indicators for your daily weather. It will be interesting to see how this data gets revealed to the general public, and whether or not (no pun intended) weather forecasters will start to convey this data.
Meteorologist is a free weather program for OS X. It allows users total control over their weather viewing, including simultaneous interlaced weather reports from multiple weather servers, multiple weather locations, weather alerts and much more.
We just downloaded it, and it's impressive. We think this will give Weather Bug a run for it's money.
Seems like NOAA has finally gotten the word that sending pilots into hurricanes isn't the best idea when you can do it with a robot. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has decided to invest $3 million to use UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) for “the missions we call dirty, dull and dangerous.” These include predicting intensity of hurricanes, tracking Arctic ice melting, and flooding of the west coast of the U.S.
It's that time of year again here in the Northeast - cold, cold, and more cold. You're going to need an outdoor thermometer at your home to make sure you know what to wear before you go out. We often find the temperature difference at our home, versus the forecast can be as much as 5 degrees. Oregon Scientific's Cable Free thermometer allows you read the temperature outdoors, indoors and in up to 3 remote locations at a time. The thermometer has a jumbo display for easy reading.
Monitor temperatures outside
Jumbo display shows indoor temperature
Read temperatures in up to 3 remote locations at the same time, at the touch of a button
Unique user-set alarm features allows selection of high/low temperature alarm limits 4 in x 7 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in
Get out—for at least 30 minutes. The positive impact warm, sunny weather can have on mental health and mood is real, according to new U-M research. Given the weather today in New England - we agree - sun and a little warmth from it can relieve the stress in your day.
Taking a trip to someplace warm in the middle of winter or lingering outside when spring arrives can be especially beneficial, with pleasant weather improving mood, memory and broadening cognitive style (openness to new information and creative thoughts) as time spent outside increased, researchers found. Hotter weather during the summer, however, lowered mood levels and the effect of pleasant weather was far less noticeable in other seasons.
"Being outside in pleasant weather really offers a way to re-set your mindset," says Matthew Keller, the post-doctoral researcher who led the psychology study. "Everyone thinks weather affects mood, but the biggest tests of this theory in 2000 found no relationship, so we went back and found there are two important variables: how much time you spend outside and what the season is. If you go from winter to spring and spend enough time outside, there's a noticeable change."
The findings, completed by a team that also included social psychology professors Barbara Frederickson and Oscar Ybarra, will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science.
Last night at our house could have been a disaster. Sure we have emergency candles and some lights, but not emergency entertainment with two small kids. The American Red Cross FR400 Emergency Radio saved the day at dinner time. The power cycled - then cycled again - and then never came back on for over two+ hours. I entertained my daughter and son by finding radio stations, using the light to get around the house and get stuff set up, and then using the light again to help them take a bath and get to bed. The best part is the self-powered hand crank - we never used the batteries once and had a pretty good time powering up the American Red Cross FR400 Emergency Radio. It was also really nice to be able to check whether or not it was a real emergency and not just a power blip by using the alert channels.
Here are the details of this radio which I think you should get if you don't have one for any emergency:
Two turns per second for 90 seconds will provide 40 to 60 minutes of operation.
The controls are easy to use.
There is also a built-in triple LED light with emergency light source built into the side of the radio.
There is even a loud siren function in this device. The battery compartment allows access to the built-in NiMH pack or for the three optional AA cells.
The FR400 comes with a 4.5 VDC 120 VAC adapter. There are jacks on the rear panel for: earphone output, 4.5 VDC input and phone charger output. These jacks are protected under a water resistant rubber flap.
The FR400 has the additional capability of recharging certain cell phones. Several common cellular power adapters are included with your FR-400.
Eton is also including a very nice black canvas carry case and an AC adapter. This radio comes with an Owner's Manual, Eton Catalog and mini Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Guide. 8.7 x 4.5 x 2 inches 1.3 Lbs.
A rather interesting video that you can hear the crew of a ship riding through a rather large storm in the Drake Passage. I think this video helps ensure I won't be making the trip to Antarctica anytime soon.
It's cold here in the Northeast, and we're pretty sure the Day After Tomorrow is right around the corner. Okay - well maybe not, but if you want to see a movie that has both amazing weather and global warming all in one package - the The Day After Tomorrow is for you.
The movie centers on global warming triggering the onset of a new Ice Age. Tornadoes flatten Los Angeles, a tidal wave engulfs New York City and the entire Northern Hemisphere begins to freeze solid. Then, climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a small band of survivors must ride out the growing superstorm and stay alive in the face of an enemy more powerful and relentless than any they've ever encountered: Mother Nature!
Come on - admit it - it's a much watch for weather snobs.
Why would you want a solar-powered outdoor thermometer? So you can read the temperature in the dark. The solar thermometer stores enough solar power during the day to remain lit up for around 4-8 hours at dark. It has a temperature range of -20 F to +120 F and comes with an on-off switch that helps conserve the stored energy for delayed usage.
With global warming up on us, we may want to retreat underground once the super storms take over. Envisioned by "visionary futurist" Dan Bloom—the first model polar underground city will begin construction in 2012 in Norway, with "volunteer testing occupancy" starting in 2015. Click on through to see the entire gallery of ideas for this super safe city of tomorrow.
You can get the forecast for 600 Cities, and this Weather Direct model also features a 4 Day Forecast w/ Daily Sky Conditions. You can even get the Sunshine Forecast - the total amount of hours of Sunshine you'll get the next day. We hope to get one of these to review - the amount of extra info is really interesting - plus the wireless outdoor temperature sensor is a bonus.
Set to launch just in time for this Spring's weather, the Weather Direct 4-Day Audio Weather Forecaster has an internet connection to download weather predictions for the next three days. It has text-to-voice email capability, and can actually read the subjects and sender fields as new mail piles up in your inbox. Add RSS feed reading as well, and the Weather Direct 4-Day Audio Weather Forecaster is a weather forecasting force to be reckoned with.
We recently came across this Gizmodo article - Solving Problems That Don't Exist. We tend to agree with some of the points - one being that most weather stations you can buy for you home don't connect wireless to the internet or your computer. Having to plug in a direct line or sync the weather station is a total hassle. You can record what happens - but isn't the weather in the present the best thing to know?
For us having a home weather station at Weather Snob means knowing how truly cold it is where we live instead of just going by the local weather, and also getting details on rain fall - etc. Though there are current "gadget" issues in the current crop of weather stations, they are still really great to have at your house for getting the true local picture.
Gizmodo has a hands on sneak peak at the Grundig Eton FR1000 Voicelink Survival Radio. We love the way it looks an the amount of stuff it can do for you in an emergency is staggering. It has AM/FM/NOAA Weather/2-Way GMRS Radio, a Flashlight, siren, and Cellphone charger. It runs off of 4AAs, but has a hand crank as well to power it.
Awesome: The Eton FR1000 Voicelink is maybe one of the most pornograpic survival radios I've ever seen, but functionally so. It has AM/FM/NOAA Weather/2-Way GMRS Radio. And a Flashlight, siren, and Cellphone charger. It runs off of 4AAs, but has a hand crank. The design seems superfluous, but those cutouts actually protect the knobs. There's a large handle on the back. If I were to die stranded in the wilderness, I might be slightly less upset clutching one of these beautiful machines. $150. The Catch: No word on water resistance, and the recessed knobs seem hard to turn with gloves on.
We love all types of weather - especially space weather. NASA has just released these ultraviolet images of the sun. The non-artistic reason for the differing color spectrums is to show off a reversed-polarity sunspot, on the left. This sunspot marks the end of another cycle of waxing and waning solar flares, meaning the sun will begin climbing towards Solar Max, which it will reach in 2011 or 2012.
You too can buy the Weather Channel for a cool $5 billion+. Cable TV network The Weather Channel is on the market for a reported $5 billion or more, according to the NY Times.
As well as providing the leading cable weather channel, the company also has a big web presence, with Weather.com the 25th most popular site in the United States, according to Alexa. The Weather Channel provides data to a range of leading online destinations including MySpace, Yahoo and AOL and started offering mobile video forecasts with technology from Vantrix in October.
Potential buyers are said to include NBC, Comcast and News Corp.
Are you scared of lightning of the golf course or just afraid to go outdoors in a storm? Don't leave home without this hand held device. SkyScan's technology detects the actual frequency of lightning and alerts you to how far away it is, and whether it is moving towards you or away from you.
With a range of 40 miles, you will have more than enough time to seek shelter - and perhaps avoid being fried as you put in that last golf ball.
This unit is used by the Armed Forces, local governments, utility companies, Little League teams, soccer teams, swim teams, golf courses, boaters, campers, and fishermen.
Housed in weatherproof ABS plastic, the unit features 4 LED warning lights for ranges of 0-3, 3-8, 8-20 and 20-40 miles, and an audible tone. Also has a low battery light/tone and a belt clip for portability.
Runs on 2 9-Volt batteries for 40-70 hours (not included).
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