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February 22, 2008

Weather Snob - On Vacation

We'll be taking a much deserved and hopefully weather free break if we can just get to our destination.

See you in a week.


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February 21, 2008

Weather Network to Feature Comedies and Dramas

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Oh Canada - how different you really are. The Weather Network, a channel watched by more than eight million Canadians each week, has been granted permission to branch out into comedy, drama and documentaries. Canada's broadcast regulator yesterday gave Pelmorex Communications Inc., owner of the Weather Network, a licence to operate the Environment Network, which will focus on science and weather-related issues. The company pitched the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission last fall on a new cable channel with shows such as The Weather & You and Climates of the World.

"It's a very topical subject that is of great interest to the Canadian public," said Pierre Morrissette, chief executive officer of Pelmorex. "The categories that this covers - from global warming, climate change, droughts, floods, forest fires, earthquakes and tsunamis, water quality and quantity - the list goes on and on."

Read Like the Weather Network, but funnier

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February 20, 2008

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

issacsstorm.jpg In Isaac's Storm, Erik Larson blends science and history to tell the story of Galveston, its people, and the hurricane that devastated them. Drawing on hundreds of personal reminiscences of the storm, Larson follows individuals through the fateful day and the storm's aftermath. There's Louisa Rollfing, who begged her husband, August, not to go into town the morning of the storm; the Ursuline Sisters at St. Mary's orphanage who tied their charges to lengths of clothesline to keep them together; Judson Palmer, who huddled in his bathroom with his family and neighbors, hoping to ride out the storm. At the center of it all is Isaac Cline, employee of the nascent Weather Bureau, and his younger brother--and rival weatherman--Joseph. Larson does an excellent job of piecing together Isaac's life and reveals that Isaac was not the quick-thinking hero he claimed to be after the storm ended. The storm itself, however, is the book's true protagonist--and Larson describes its nuances in horrific detail.

At Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
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February 19, 2008

Nabaztag Wifi Weather Forecasting Smart Rabbit

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We've got one of these crazy WIFI rabbits, and every morning it tells us if it's going to be sunny, rain, or whatever weather is going to happen. We love the Nabaztag because it puts a cute face on what can be bad weather. This bunny can also teach you tai chi, read your e-mail, report stock market, pull RSS feeds and tell you the time. Nabaztag can move his ears, play music, talk and whistle, and his body can show off hundreds of colors and special patterns of light.

At ThinkGeek :: Nabaztag Wifi Smart Rabbit

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February 18, 2008

RSS Weather - Subscribe to Weather Forecast Feeds

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This is a great idea - you can now get local weather forecasts via RSS. Feeds are available by selecting the country you live in and then drilling down into the specific location. We're in North America, but you can get weather for anywhere on the planet by RSS.

At RSS Weather

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February 15, 2008

Big Storms of Tornado Alley

This is nothing short of intense and mind blowing.

At Big Storms of Tornado Alley

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February 14, 2008

Weather creates Valentine's Day chaos for Florist

1124286-S.jpgWeather and holidays always go hand and hand resulting in total chaos most of the time. This story is a bit different...

On any other Valentine's Day Tammy Ahlvin would love to relish in the pageantry. This year, she just wants it to be over.
Ahlvin bought Sweetheart Florists in Jackson in January. She worked in medical billing and wanted something more creative.

"Normally I like being around flowers," Ahlvin said Wednesday as she sifted through orders for flower arrangements, getting ready to go on another delivery. "This is chaos. ... I expected the lights to be on."

Generators chugged loudly from outside as she answered the phones and took more orders for Valentine's Day roses and carnations.

Read Weather creates Valentine's Day chaos for new florist

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February 13, 2008

Weather Shamanism: Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements

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With the growing consensus that global warming is a fact comes the realization that the increasingly violent weather we are experiencing is its chief manifestation. Each storm, each flood, each blizzard seems to break 100-year-old records for both intensity and damage. Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases may be too little, too late.

Through a unique blend of anthropological research, shamanic journeys, and personal stories and anecdotes, Moss and Corbin show how humans and weather have always affected each other, and how it is possible to influence the weather. They present teachings directly from the spirits of weather that show how our thoughts and emotions affect weather energetics.

They also reveal the ceremonial and therapeutic aspects of "weather dancing," a practice used to communicate with the weather spirits. Weather Shamanism is about transformation--of ourselves, and thus our world. It is about how we can develop an expanded worldview that honors spiritual realities in order to create a working partnership with the spirits of weather and thereby help to restore well-being and harmony to Earth.

At Weather Shamanism: Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements

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February 12, 2008

Geomagnetic Storms in Space Make Northern Lights

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Space weather is always the most interesting weather. Sure it affects us, but it always looks so cool.

From i09:

Here's a picture of a geomagnetic storm causing auroras to light up the sky over Newfoundland, as seen from the International Space Station. The International Space Station is actually at the same altitude in space as these auroras, and sometimes flies straight through the Northern Lights.

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Images from NASA/ISS. [SpaceWeather]

At Auroras

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February 11, 2008

Wireless Projection Weather Alarm Clock

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Claiming to be the only wireless clock that monitors the weather, projects the time/ temperature onto the ceiling or wall, and synchronizes itself automatically with the U.S. Atomic Clock in Colorado. We do find this wireless wonder very easy-to-read, and the digital multi-lingual display shows time in 12-hour format, date, day, temperature, and weather conditions using graphic icons. Projector rotates 180° for added convenience.

At Wireless Projection Weather Alarm Clock

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February 7, 2008

National Weather Service Doppler Radar Images

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Want a quick way to get to a larger more interactive doppler radar image of your area? The National Weather Service Doppler Radar Images is a great resource - providing quick point and click access to over 100+ doppler images for the US.

At National Weather Service Doppler Radar Images

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February 6, 2008

StormPredator - Personal Weather Radar for your PC

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Anything called StormPredator has to be good. This personal weather radar software has realistic Map Topography, Multiple NEXRAD Radar products, Storm Tracking, Visual, Audible, Email, Pager, & Cellphone Weather Alerting. And if that isn't enough for you it has Weather Forecasts, Current Data, and History Images all in one uber STORM PREDATOR PACKAGE!

At StormPredator

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February 5, 2008

H21 Weather Forecaster from Ambient

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The H21 AMBIENT 5-DAY WEATHER FORECASTER is basically their old 5 day forecaster renamed.. Daily high/low temperatures, wind and thunderstorm predictions. Backlight glows one of 10 colors to indicate temperature at a glance. Works from a wireless network that broadcasts to over 90% of the U.S. population. Service is provided by AccuWeather with a paid subscription. There are some remote areas in the U.S. where this device wont work.

At H21 WEATHER FORECASTER

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February 4, 2008

Ambient Devices 7 Day Forecaster

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We recently saw this updated and rather large forecaster at Sharper Image. We have the 5 day version, and can see why covering all the days of the week in the 7 day version might be a good idea. The 7-Day Forecaster boasts a six- by six-inch screen, and will show "current conditions and an extended multi-day forecast for 150 locations in the United States." Also the 7 day has information about the UV Index, wind speed and direction, pollen alerts and air quality alerts. We like the updates - especially the wind speed - as it really can help to determine the true temperature. Also - having weather alert warnings should be a standard on any forecasting weather device.

Via Engadget at Ambient

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February 1, 2008

Weather Photo Friday: Gnomes in a Winter Storm

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Okay - it's Weather Photo Friday and you have to give a gnome their due from time to time - or they come in the middle of the night and mess up your yard.

See more of Steve's pictures...

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