Weather Gadgets

April 30, 2008

Oregon Scientfic InstaForecast Wireless Weather Stations

This is the Advister I or the I300 Model

Checking your weather takes a monumental leap! InstaForecast are compact devices that displays weather data from 5 different locations around the world using your internet connection. The advanced weather software is installed on your personal computer giving you access to weather data from the National Weather Service and other meteorological agencies around the world. The software shows--nonstop--weather that matters to you and transmits this information to your InstaForecast devices placed anywhere around the house or workplace. In addition, monitor "backyard" weather conditions with the included wireless temperature sensor as well as a humidity sensor in the I600 model.

We like the clear and easy to read LCD panels on both models.


  • Collect 5-day Weather Data from 5 different locations around the world
  • Automatically update the weather information every 15 minutes
  • 5 day weather forecast including daily Hi and Low temperature forecast from zip code based weather zones
  • Local Weather Forecast from built-in barometric pressure chip
  • "Backyard" indoor and outdoor temperature (and humidity in the I600 model)
  • Automatic clock and calendar synchronization from the internet
  • MSRP: $89.99, $109.99
This is the Adviser II - or the I600 model of the InstaForecast

At Oregon Scientific Adviser I and Advister 2

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April 29, 2008

Weather Forecasting Meteo Wrist Watch


With Microsoft killing the spot watch, it's good news to that Oregon Scientific is putting out a weather watch in it's place. The Meteo Watch will debut next month at about $80, and feature a non-wireless weather forecast from the built in barometer. The watch tracks the weather by measuring barometric pressure trends, and features a reverse LCD display and stopwatch function. Four easy-to-read icons (sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, and rainy) display the upcoming weather conditions in the next 12 to 24 hours.

  • Weather forecast using 4 weather icons: sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy and rainy
  • Stopwatch function up to 60 hours
  • Digital Clock, calendar and alarm functions Backlight function for easy viewing in low light conditions
  • Water resistant up to 30 metres (98 feet) One CR2032 3V battery (included)

Via Engadget At Oregon Scientific

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April 28, 2008

Microsoft Drops SPOT Weather Watch Project


Microsoft is quietly pulling the plug on their SPOT weather watch and MSDN project. What are you losing? The SPOT Watch aimed at providing real-time weather and schedule updates to the wrists of the weather obsessed everywhere. The technology will no longer be built into any new watches, and the most recent examples have sold out across the web.

Bummer. We really liked this service and we think it was perfect for watches. Hopefully someone else will build this into a watch or provide a similar service in the future.

Via SlashGear

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April 25, 2008

Wireless Digital Rain Gauge - Meaure Rainfall


Wireless weather gauges are the way to go. Not only will they let you know how much rain is falling without getting wet, they also allow you to get a reading at the device itself with an LCD display. This wireless weather gauge however is not wireless - it's just battery powered. Oh well - most modern weather stations come with one that is wireless and transmits the data inside, but if you want a "wireless" weather gauge on the cheap - this is for you. The LCD display on the front shows how much rainfall has transpired, and you can reset the rain gauge with the push of a button.

Via Coolest Gadgets at Sportys

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April 24, 2008

Save the Planet with your Umbrella Stand


Want to save the planet with the run off water from your umbrella? Get a new umbrella stand that has plants in the bottom. Patches of indoor lawn are all the rage, and this one is small enough to fit under your set of umbrellas and other items. Add some area for some wet shoes and coats, and you're off to an indoor lawn that will rival the front yard.

Via Gizmodo at What Else

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April 23, 2008

The Weather Identification Handbook: The Ultimate Guide for Weather Watchers

We always like books that help us identify more types of weather and give us the details on how to tell what's really happening with the weather. This book helps you answer questions like: What does it mean when there is a corona around the moon? How do you tell the difference between stratocumulus and nimbostratus clouds? The Weather Identification Guide is an essential guide to the many different types of weather phenomena that may be observed, and also gives brief details of the weather that may be expected.

You'll learn about:

  • Cloud classification
  • How to identify different cloud types and how they relate to forthcoming weather
  • How clouds are formed
  • Optical phenomena
  • Precipitation
  • Wind
  • Severe weather
  • Weather systems
  • Satellite images and weather maps

It is also perfect for any parent whose child asks the proverbial question, "Why is the sky blue?"

At The Weather Identification Handbook: The Ultimate Guide for Weather Watchers

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April 22, 2008

Weather Angels - Women Love the Weather

In what can only be called the oddest yet I can't stop watching weather forecast we've every seen, Weather Angels provides a daily forecast with meteorologists of the hot model persuasion. We don't condone this type of weather forecast, but it is really popular, and it is safe for work. View if you dare...

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April 21, 2008

Real-Time Weather in Video Games

Image from EA Sports and Wired

We thought we'd explore what has happened to weather in video games over the past year. Last year EA released EA Sports' NCAA 08 Football. It was the first game to pipe in real-time weather conditions at the venue of a player's choice with weather data provided by the Weather Channel. Given we don't play many football games, we asked some of our sport video game focused friends to chime in - verdict? Awesome. Because the weather could be matched to the day you were playing, you could recreate the game in real time while you watched the real game. Very cool.

We also found this rather interesting forums discussion on weather in video games - citing Donkey Kong Country as one of the first games to have weather as a factor. Do you know of any good uses of weather in video games?

We'll continue to look for interesting uses of weather in video games, and hope in the future lots of online video games can make the integration of weather into gameplay and the game.

Via Wired

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April 18, 2008

Rain Forecasting Umbrella - A Weather Guru in an Umbrella


We like the simplicity in this weather forecasting umbrella - the color indicates the type of weather - blue for rain and yellow for sunny. Simple and elegant, we think concepts of ambient information about the weather throughout your day is the way to go. No need to yell at you from a weather radio, when you can pulse a color and get the same results.

How does it work? The Forecast Umbrella is embedded with wi-fi technology that pulls weather info from the Internet. The more intense the glow of the handle, the more ardent the umbrella's calling for you to take it along at that moment. This is still only a prototype, but we expect them to be available within the year.

Via The Succulent Wife's Favorite Things

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April 17, 2008

Honeywell Wireless Thermo-Hygrometer - Easy To Read Temp and Humidity


The Honeywell TM005X Wireless Thermo-Hygrometer is an easy-to-read and economical way to track temperature and humidity in your home or office. Featuring a jumbo display unit with one-inch tall digital numbers, the silver and black unit can monitor up to three remote locations. The TM005X comes with one remote sensor, but two additional sensors can be purchased separately and added.

Having purchased similar units ourselves, we do recommend getting a few sensors so you can put one in your basement, attic, or other locations.

At Honeywell TM005X Wireless Thermo-Hygrometer

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April 16, 2008

How to Predict and Prepare for Garden Success in Any Kind of Weather


Gardeners put up with it, complain about it, and even delight in it, but, asks author Sally Roth in The Gardener's Weather Bible, do we truly work with weather to make the most of whatever the day brings? No matter if the skies are glorious or gloomy, Roth educates gardeners to become more attuned to weather's dramatic impact on how our gardens grow. A spiffy distant relative of the Old Farmer's Almanac, The Gardener's Weather Bible is part weather primer, with information on air masses, storm forecasting, as well as the ever-elusive question of why the sky is blue, and part general garden guide.

At The Gardener's Weather Bible: How to Predict and Prepare for Garden Success in Any Kind of Weather

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April 15, 2008

The Enigma of Sunspots: A Story of Space Weather


Space weather effects us in all kinds of ways. Sunspots, the strange and elusive dark shapes that periodically sweep across the Sun’s surface, have mystified people for centuries, and also effected our lives in countless ways. Given their elusive cyclical nature and the fact that it is both painful and dangerous to observe the Sun directly, it is little wonder that records of sunspots were almost nonexistent in Europe before the seventeenth century. Today such solar emissions are thought to coincide with major effects in global weather patterns. It may be that this powerful phenomena holds a key to our understanding of the nature of the Sun.

At The Enigma of Sunspots: A Story of Discovery and Scientific Revolution

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April 14, 2008

Cloud Physics: A Popular Introduction to Applied Meteorology


With Spring upon us, perhaps we need to get a book that can provide us with all the insights we need for cloud formation, and the types of precipitation clouds can bring us. We found this well reviewed book - Cloud Physics: A Popular Introduction to Applied Meteorology. An expert and fascinating look at the subject of atmospheric phenomena. Ice crystals and the formation of rain and snow receive a detailed examination, as do the properties of hail. Also includes a review of the techniques for cloud modifications, and a look at the artificial stimulation of rainfall.

At Cloud Physics: A Popular Introduction to Applied Meteorology

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April 11, 2008

10 Wacky Weather-Forecasting Devices


From weather forecasting umbrellas, to shaving with the weather in the shower, this list and article has it all. Haven't you always wondered how many weather forecasting devices you could have in your house and life? We've covered just about every one of these on the list at PC Mag, but we've never seen the shaving shower mirror with forecasting above. Check out this list of top 10 Wacky Weather-Forecasting Devices:

  1. Frontgate Digital Picture Frame with Weather Station
  2. Projection Alarm Clock with Oscar Outlook Forecaster
  3. LG Electronics LSC27991 TV Refrigerator
  4. The Only Weather Station Shower Mirror
  5. Ambient Forecasting Umbrella
  6. Oregon Scientific Crystal Weather Station
  7. Weather Girl Weather Station
  8. Melitta Smart Mill & Brew 10-Cup Coffeemaker
  9. Ambient Orb
  10. Honeywell Complete Wireless Weather Station w/ Remote Control

At 10 Wacky Weather-Forecasting Devices

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April 10, 2008

A Gardener's Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather in the Spring and Fall Seasons


Each year, as you prepare your garden, you know that sooner or later—in the spring or in the fall or in both—Jack Frost will pay you a visit. Knowing that, what can you do at the start of the gardening season to prepare for those frosty nights? In this book, all aspects of frost are explained to help gardeners start their planting earlier in the spring and extend their growing season later in the fall. You’ll learn what weather systems produce frost, how it damages, or enhances, the flavor of your plants, how to read your garden’s microclimate, and how to design your garden so you can work with frost, instead of against it. The informative text is paired with beautiful full-color photos of useful frost protection techniques and wonderful gardens in their full frosty splendor.

At A Gardener's Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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April 9, 2008

Adventures in Tornado Alley: The Storm Chasers


With the recent events in Atlanta, we've been trying to do some research on tornados and just what they mean for the US moving forward as a whole. The destructive power of the tornado has always been a source of fear and fascination, and never more so than now, when climate change and extreme weather conditions are constantly in the news.

Across the central United States, the infamous storms of Tornado Alley are fueled by the collision of cold fronts from Canada and warm fronts from the Gulf of Mexico. People have been chasing these storms for decades in pursuit of thrilling experiences, but now a new generation of storm chasers is combining scientific knowledge with powerful images. This book follows Mike Hollingshead and Eric Nguyen on seventeen chases through Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, illustrating the unfolding events with sequential shots and a running commentary by the chasers themselves.

At Adventures in Tornado Alley: The Storm Chasers

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April 8, 2008

Gravity Waves Make Tornados from Thunderstorms


It's interesting to note how Tornados form - not with wind spinning into a mix of bad weather, but with gravity waves compacting and concentrating the force of the tornado until it forms.

According to Coleman (a meteorologist), wave-storm interactions are very important. If a gravity wave hits a rotating thunderstorm, it can sometimes spin that storm up into a tornado. What is an atmospheric gravity wave? Coleman explains: "They are similar to waves on the surface of the ocean, but they roll through the air instead of the water. Gravity is what keeps them going.

Read more at NASA

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April 7, 2008

UV Card - Credit Card Sized Device Keeps You Out of the Sun


Too intense ultraviolet will hurt the skin, and make you look older at a younger age. We've been following lots of different personal UV and Head Index monitoring devices, but this one is very cool because of it's size. Not much bigger than a traditional credit card, the UV Card gives you the ability to check the UV level at any time. And best of all, the UV Card retails for $11.50.

  • Induct the current UV intensity in 3 seconds
  • LCD display Display UV with 8 levels ~ 1 to 3 means low ~ 4 to 6 means middle ~ 7 to 8 means high
  • Displays temperature
  • Size: 85*55*2mm
  • Weight: 30g

Via Coolest Gadgets at UV Card

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April 4, 2008

Nubrella - The Umbrella Reinvented


You'd think the reinvention of the umbrella would have been done years ago, but besides different colors it never happened. Finally the Nubrella has come along and totally reinvented the concept. The nubrella also features a stylish sleek futuristic oval design. This new revolutionary sleek design, says goodbye to the "bobbing" effect on the busy sidewalks of metroplitan cities. Easy to use, you just push the button and pull the handle towards you and nubrella will simply "pop" open. With nubrella's patent pending "shoulder supports" nubrella simply rests on your shoulders and can be held with one finger. With nubrella's clear transparent material there is no more need to tilt your umbrella down and quickly back up to see while fighting the elements. Just walk straight away and see where you are walking all of the time with nubrella.

At Nubrella

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April 3, 2008

Blame Wild Spring Weather on La Niña


Are you seeing snow on baseball's opening day at your local stadium? Or perhaps freezing rain and snow in the evening after a long day of mild weather? La Niña may be to blame. La Niña is a coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomenon similar to El Niño. During a period of La Niña, the sea surface temperature across the equatorial Eastern Central Pacific Ocean will be lower than normal by 0.5 °C. This can cause all kinds of odd more winter like weather in the Spring - especially in the Pacific Northwest.

La Niña causes mostly the opposite effects of El Niño, for example, El Niño would cause a wet period in the Midwestern U.S., while La Niña would typically cause a dry period in this area. It's not clear that we're in a period of La Niña, but we can at least see the results of what appears to be weather very much in tune with La Niña.

Via and La Niña Wiki

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April 2, 2008

Brando USB Hygrometer and Thermometer: Predict Your Desk Weather


The USB Hygro-Thermometer let you get easy to measure the indoor temperature & humidity levels and able to capture both data into your computer. And best of all it's only US $24.00.


  • Powered by USB
  • Temperature Range: -40° ~ 120°
  • Humidity Range: 0 ~ 100%
  • Temperature can be captured from every second to 12 hours
  • The logged data can be pasted to Word / Excel easily
  • Support Windows XP / Vista
  • Size: 59x17x7mm (approx.)
  • Weight: 8g

Via Gizmodo

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April 1, 2008

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