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March 31, 2008

XPower Powerpack 1500 - Portable Power without Emissions

We like clean power whenever we can get it, and we really like power when bad weather has knocked it out. The XPower Powerpack 1500 is a portable power system that produces household electricity for products rated at 1500 watts or less. A clean and quiet alternative to a generator, the XPower Powerpack integrates a 60 Amp/hour AGM battery with a 1500-watt inverter and produces a 3000-watt surge. This system is built to run a range of appliances such as a standard size refrigerator and microwave oven, and office equipment such as a computer, monitor, and fax machine.

At Xantrex Technologies XPower Powerpack 1,500-Watt Portable Backup Power System
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Check Out This Week's Wind & Weather Deal of the Week

March 28, 2008

Funny German Weather Forecast

Here's some advice to weather forecasters around the globe - check your stuff before you go on the air or something like this might happen.

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March 26, 2008

The Cloudspotter's Guide - Know Your Clouds


Want to know what cloud type is what? Why certain clouds look like a dog while others look like the God of Thunder? This book seeks to instruct and entertain about all things cloud or cloudy. We found it a fun read, and have passed it along to several of our weather obsessed friends.

At The Cloudspotter's Guide

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March 25, 2008

Windswept: The Story of Wind and Weather


Wind is personal for de Villiers, winner of Canada's Governor General's Award for Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource. A gust from a ferocious gale in South Africa came close to blowing him over a cliff when he was a child, a fearful experience that invests this articulate study of the history and nature of moving air with notable immediacy. Winds figure in the creation myths of almost all cultures, he notes. But it wasn't until the mid-18th century that scientists began to develop a cogent theory about wind and its relation to weather. Two centuries later, during WWII, high-altitude flyers discovered the jet stream and "a real understanding of winds was, finally, in place." De Villiers has marshaled an absorbing if daunting array of historical, cultural, environmental and scientific facts to detail that wind, despite its destructive power, makes life on Earth possible. But the book's grace notes lie in entertaining did-you-know nuggets. Among them: a great storm that lashed London in 1703 caused windmill blades to rotate so fast that friction set them on fire; Cuban meteorologists, more advanced at the turn of the last century than Americans, warned fruitlessly about the path of the hurricane that devastated Galveston.

At Windswept: The Story of Wind and Weather

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March 24, 2008 Now On Opera Mini Start Page


Opera has announced they are now including a direct link to the AccuWeather mobile website from the Opera Mini start page.

AccuWeather’s Senior VP of New Media saying: “We’re very pleased to offer our weather directly to Opera Mini users from their start page.”

Opera’s Senior VP of Consumer Products said: “Offering fast and convenient access to pertinent information is part of that experience and is even more critical on a mobile device. Partnering with provides timely and useful weather information to our users wherever they are.”

It is indeed just Weather, but it's probably for Opera one of the few exclusive links/content agreements they have.

Via Gadgetell At Opera

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March 21, 2008

Desktop Tornado Maker - Blow Your Office Mates Away


Having a bad day at the office? Maybe a Desktop Tornado Maker will help you through the day. You can now teach anyone a lesson about how funnel clouds form and gain devastating power with this fantastic one-button experiment. Set the spin control on F1 (just powerful enough to take down at tree or two) or in stages up to a blow-out F5 tornado (enough to demolish a brick building), then watch as the built-in lightning and sound effects bring science to life — safely. Comes with a 35-page educational book.

Via bookofjoe at Tornado Maker

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March 20, 2008

Bad Weather = Barn Collapse

This is a very personal post, as my parents barn that holds the tractor, their cars, and lots of stuff they need to make it through the winter. The funny thing is the roof had very little snow on it, and the barn is only about 20 years old. I hope they do find out what caused it, but I bet it was something that after 20+ years of pounding northern Maine winters just let go.

Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer
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March 19, 2008

Earth Hour 2008 - Save the Planet One Hour at a Time

It started with a question: How can we inspire people to take action on climate change?

On 31 March 2007, 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney businesses turned off their lights for one hour - Earth Hour. If the greenhouse reduction achieved in the Sydney CBD during Earth Hour was sustained for a year, it would be equivalent to taking 48,616 cars off the road for a year.

With Sydney icons like the Harbour Bridge and Opera House turning their lights off, and unique events such as weddings by candlelight, the world took notice. Inspired by the collective effort of millions of Sydneysiders, many major global cities are joining Earth Hour in 2008, turning a symbolic event into a global movement.

At Earth Hour 2008

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March 18, 2008

La Crosse Technology Window Thermometer - 2 Pack


From Woot:

Los Angeles: 2119. All the smart ones have left. They're on Mars or one of the colonies. The only people here are regular guys like me. And the La Crosse Technology See-Thru Outdoor Window Thermometers.

The thing about the La Crosse Technology See-Thru Outdoor Window Thermometer is that they made them too well. They read from -22°F to 122°F with a temperature accuracy of +/ 1.5°F. There's a weather resistant case too. Some people say that makes them better than regular guys. Maybe I even agree with that. But I'm the one with the gun.

At Woot

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March 17, 2008

Mike Lynch's Minnesota WeatherWatch: A Complete Guide for Weather-Obsessed Minnesotans


From Doppler to dandelions, the WCCO-licensed Mike Lynchs Minnesota WeatherWatch reveals the secrets of weather forecasting in the Land of 10,000 lakes. Veteran broadcast meteorologist Mike Lynch infuses the book with his trademark enthusiasm. He delves into the mechanics and history of the atmosphere and scientific forecasting methods, and then he shows how Mother Nature--in the form of dandelions, sky color, stars, critter activity, lakes, and more--can help us predict the weather. Beautifully illustrated with over 100 color photographs, this book includes a state weather almanac and sidebars on local weather history and lore.

At Mike Lynch's Minnesota WeatherWatch: A Complete Guide for Weather-Obsessed Minnesotans

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John Deere Wireless Long-Range Weather Forecaster with Self-Setting Atomic Clock and Free Hat


Stationed on the kitchen windowsill or packed along in a pocket, Oregon Scientific's John Deer weather station helps keep farms running smoothly, and urban households, too. This wireless long-range weather forecaster receives temperature and humidity data from up to three remote sensors (one included) and is equipped with a self-setting atomic clock that keeps perfect time on its own. The clock automatically sets itself to the U.S. Atomic Clock and displays 12- and 24-hour weather forecasts with kinetic movement icons depicting sunny, rainy, cloudy, etc. Sensors can be stationed up to 300 feet away and setup without the wire hassle. Place one in the barn, one in the greenhouse, and another in the field to monitor humidity and temperatures there. Barometric pressure trends are displayed as "rising, steady or falling," so you'll know where the weather is heading before that hike or day in the garden. The clock is equipped with a crescendo daily alarm with 8-minute snooze. The purchase includes a trusty John Deere Hat.

At Oregon Scientific's John Deere Wireless Long-Range Weather Forecaster with Self-Setting Atomic Clock and Free Hat

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March 14, 2008

Nassau M60 Aneroid Barometer - Perfect for Boats


M60 Aneroid Barometer Uses German made twin-cell pressure sensor for highest accuracy. No power is required for operation. The calibrated at the factory using a high quality pressure chamber to set the readings so that it arrives at your door fully ready for operation. Specify altitudes over 2000 feet

Designed and manufactured for professional use, the Nassau line of instruments have been used extensively by numerous agencies such as the US Navy and the US Coast Guard. It has also been used at FAA approved airports, and in many industrial and research applications. These instruments are designed to provide high accuracy and trouble-free operation. They will provide years of continuous service. Their appearance is one of class and elegance. If you are looking to outfit your boat, beach house, den or office with instrumentation that says "quality" at a glance, then these are the units for you.

At M60

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March 11, 2008

How a barometer measures air pressure


We found this article at USA Today very informative on how a barometer works.

Air pressure and differences in pressure are among the most important weather makers.

The centers of storms are areas of relatively low air pressure, compared to pressures around the storm. High air pressure generally brings good weather. Keeping track of how the pressure is changing is important for forecasting the weather.

Differences in air pressure between places cause the winds to blow - air moves from high toward low pressure.

The instruments that measure air pressure are called barometers, from Greek words for weight and measure.


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March 7, 2008

Write for Weather Snob

We're looking for a good writer to help us here at Weather Snob. If you have the skills to pay the bills, and keep the lights on in bad weather please email us by using the news/tips/reviews link to the right. We look forward to hearing from the weather obsessed like ourselves. And of will be compensated for your efforts.

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Weather Photo Friday - Icelandic Snowstorm

Check out this white out from Iceland

Originally uploaded by gillimann
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March 6, 2008

U.S. Severe Weather Map - Hurricanes, Floods, and Severe Weather


The Weather Underground has a pretty amazing feature where you can see all the severe weather across the US. You can even drill down by region to get better details.

At U.S. Severe Weather Map

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March 5, 2008

Solar Powered Patio Umbrella - Electrify in the Shade


This solar umbrella has panels on top, for collecting and storing solar energy. When dusk falls, the energy gets converted to light, in the form of little LEDs on the umbrella's spokes. When the weather is nice, isn't it nice to collect a little electricity for those cool and interesting summer nights?

Via Shiny Shiny

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March 4, 2008

Get the Weather on Your Cup Of Coffee with Yuno


Microsoft is having a Next-Gen PC design contest, and one of the entries - Yuno - caught our eye. The Yuno is the perfect personal computer for any professional business person or anyone who is always on the go. Not only is it a mug for your morning beverage, it is also a touchscreen display for only the information you want to see, so you are not bound to a desktop during your morning routine. We could see charting the weather with a nice Vista weather gadget on our cup of coffee - can't you?

Via Gear Live At Next-Gen PC Design

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March 3, 2008

Chumby - The Internet Widget Gadget Display Device


We've been following the Chumby for quite some time. Chumby is an LCD display that runs software allowing you to turn Chumby into anything with their widgets. One widget allows you to even get the weather. You can also use internet radio, make Chumby an alarm clock, and share photos too. We'd love to get one for all of those features, but mostly for the weather widget.

At chumby store

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