Weather Gadgets

June 30, 2008

Unbreakable Umbrella Stands Up to Hurricanes


Umbrellas break and that's a fact of life until now with this new $180 unbreakable umbrella. Not only can you stand on it between two chairs, you can probably use it for self defense as well. We're not sure why you totally need such an unbreakable umbrella, but perhaps the invest of $180 will pay itself off after a few years of use.

Via OhGizmo! at The Unbreakable Walking-Stick Umbrella

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June 27, 2008

Storm Chasers from National Geographic - Forces of Nature

We're recently been watching several storm chaser videos. The excerpt below we found on YouTube, gives you a taste of the weather excitement. We think both the National Geographic - Forces of Nature and the National Geographic - Tornado Intercept are pretty solid, and recommend you checking them out. In our opinion - enjoying storm chasing from the comfort of your couch is the way to go after getting into a few scrapes ourselves trying out the hobby.

At Storm Chase and National Geographic - Forces of Nature and National Geographic - Tornado Intercept

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June 25, 2008

SunForce Solar Powered Lights - Perfect for Garden Sheds

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We're always looking for ways to harness the power of the weather to do things around the house. The SunForce solar shed light has all the energy needed to power ultra-bright LEDs and finally illuminate your garden shed, or other dark areas around your home. The lights even come with onboard batteries so they stay charged and ready to go.

The kit includes the solar panel, rechargeable batteries, LED light, screws and adhesive tape for mounting, and enough wire to place the solar panel up to 12 feet away from the light.

Via Toolmonger at SunForce Solar Light

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June 25, 2008

Weather Roach - Roach Terrorizes Weather Forecaster

This just has to be seen. We were always under the impression that weather forecasters had a little more moxie than this guy has when faced with a simple roach on the ground that walks by while forecasting. Imagine what would happen if he actually had to give the weather forecast on location?

At YouTube - Weather Roach

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June 24, 2008

Inspirational Weather - Sun Rays

Maybe sun rays aren't weather per se, but they are often the result of a mixture of weather patterns. We really enjoy a good sunset driven set of sun rays mixed with thick clouds as seen in this picture. We hope given the insane amount of bad weather, flooding, and other conditions across the US - this picture can be a little break from all the madness.

Originally uploaded by dreamcicle19772006
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June 23, 2008

Review: Honeywell Atomic Projection Clock with Indoor Temperature


There's so many options when it comes to alarm clocks, but after a few weeks of use we think the Honeywell Atomic Projection Clock with indoor temperature is the only option for the Weather Snob. At night you can see the time projected on your ceiling, wall, or wherever you want to have it, and the PCR201W Atomic Projection Clock has a large time display which is easy to see by itself.

We found the setting of the time atomically to just work, and the indoor thermometer was very accurate. The display also features Moon Phases (8), has an amber backlight. Okay - so what about the alarm clock? It has a dual crescendo alarm with 5-minute snooze that got us going each morning.

We really like the Honeywell PCR201W Atomic Projection Clock with Temperature, and we think for the indoor alarm and temperature enthusiast you can't do any better.

At Honeywell and Honeywell PCR201W Atomic Projection Clock with Temperature

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June 20, 2008

Review: Oregon Scientific WMR200 Professional Weather Station


We've had the Oregon Scientific WMR200 Professional Weather Station for just about a year now, and can safely say it's a really amazing weather station. Setup and maintence has been a breeze, and we've found the data it's provided to us on rainfall, wind, and general weather trends to be both accurate, and interesting.

It might look daunting, but setup requires only about an
hour of your time. Once it's setup, it's also very easy to move
around your yard and try new locations.

Detailed features include:

  • Displays Weather Forecast icons--Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy, Rainy or Snow
  • Displays current moon phase
  • Indoor and outdoor (up to 10 wireless sensors) temperature and humidity measurements
  • Measures temperature, humidity, wind chill, wind speed, wind direction, UV index (optional), barometric pressure and rainfall
  • Displays dew point, wind chill and heat index readings
  • Weather alert alarms for temperature, heat index, humidity, dew point, gust wind and rainfall rate
  • Automatically sets itself to the U.S. Atomic Clock
  • Includes 5-language software--English, Dutch, Italy, Spanish and French to store and view weather data on your PC via USB download
  • On-board Data Logger Function stores data with a time stamp
  • Long range transmission of 300 feet (100 meters) at 433MHz between the main unit and remote sensors
  • Main console features touch-screen controls and EL backlight
  • Installation kit allows for multiple mounting options (includes 6 foot mounting pole)
  • Low battery indicator icons for both main units and wireless sensors
  • Operating temperature range: -50°C to +70°C (-58°F to 158°F)
  • Includes 6V DC AC adapter for main unit and batteries for wireless sensors
  • Includes 6 foot usb cable
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June 19, 2008

Light 'N Go Umbrella with Built in Flashlight


The Light 'N Go Auto Open Auto Close Folding Umbrella features an LED Lighted Handle and an extra large 44" (arc dimension) canopy. This lightweight umbrella Automatically Opens and Closes with the touch of a button. The LIGHT 'N GO folds compactly at only 11" in length and is great for travel, or for anyone on the go.

Via Chip Chick

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June 18, 2008

La Crosse Handheld Anemometer - Measure the Wind


For sailors, surfers, hang-gliders, or kite-fliers, this nifty gadget is a must-have for keeping tabs on current wind conditions. The tiny handheld anemometer comes in a sporty, yellow, plastic, weather-resistant casing, making it ideal for use during water activities or rainy weather.

About 5 seconds after powering up, the anemometer reports the current wind speed in either miles per hour, kilometers per hour, meters per second, or Knots plus, displays wind speed on a Beaufort Scale bar graph.

We've been using an Anemometer here at Weather Snob for our fishing trips when the wind looks to be too much for several lakes we fish on that are electric motor only. Whatever your wind measuring needs might be, for $39 bucks this wind meter is a steal.

At La Crosse Technology EA-3010U Handheld Anemometer

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June 17, 2008

Portable UV Sensor - Protect Your Family from the Sun


With a personal UV monitor, you can know when to protect yourself and your family from harmful UV rays. The unit features an exposure timer that uses UV, SPF and skin type to calculate recommended exposure time, and updates automatically with changes in UV intensity. It can also monitor current UV levels and temperature, and has a built-in digital clock.

At Oregon Scientific Portable UV Sensor

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June 16, 2008

John Deere Wireless Remote Thermometer


The John Deere Wireless Remote Thermometer displays the indoor/outdoor temperature, and features a calendar with crescendo alarm clock. This unique 3-line LCD display unit shows you the environmental conditions indoors and out by transmitting data back to the main unit using 433MHz radio frequency waves from up to 100 feet away.

Product Features:

  • Wireless reception of temperature data from a remote sensor
  • Calendar clock with day of the week in 5 languages
  • Crescendo Alarm
  • User-selectable 12/24 hour clock display format and C/F temperature switch
  • Maximum and minimum temperature memory for indoor & outdoor temperatures
  • Low battery indicator
  • Table Stand or Wall Mount

At Oregon Scientific and Oregon Scientific John Deere Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer with Remote Sensor

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June 13, 2008

Weather at the Wikipedia


It seems the weather entry at the Wikipedia is in need of some serious help. It needs citations, footnotes, and other stuff to fill it out. If you feel so inclined head on over. We think an entry on Weather should be the best it can be, and you can always help out at the Wikipedia.

The weather is a set of all the phenomena in a given atmosphere at a given time. It also includes interactions with the hydrosphere. The term usually refers to the activity of these phenomena over short periods (hours or days), as opposed to the term climate, which refers to the average atmospheric conditions over longer periods of time. When used without qualification, "weather" is understood to be the weather of Earth.

At Weather - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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June 12, 2008

Weather the Heat - Monitor Your Power Usage


We use air conditioners here at Weather Snob to cool the office and to sleep at night in the hot summer weather. Recently we acquired the Kill A Watt electricity usage monitor to see just how much we use in power for the air conditioners and the other gadgets around the office. Sometimes just seeing how much power an air conditioner uses makes your realize you could simply put on the fan and save the planet a little power. Get one of these if you really want to know and save on bills. After we got ours two months ago, we already are more aware of devices and things left on, and turn most stuff off we just aren't using saving us $100 bucks easily in just one month.

At P3 International P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor

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June 11, 2008

Top 3 Weather Gadgets for Windows Vista


Rex over at MSDN has a nice round up of the latest weather gadgets available for Windows Vista. Though we're Mac users here at Weather Snob, we do often boot into Vista to play Lord of the Rings Online, and of course check the weather periodically. The Top 3 weather gadgets for Vista are:

Via Rexiology@MSDN

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June 10, 2008

Taylor Color Wireless Weather Station - Perfect Gift for Father's Day


The The Taylor Color Wireless Weather Station is priced right at just under a hundred bucks, and even has a NOAA weather radio on board. It features a 3 inch color display, that shows the temperature and dew point inside and out using the remote sensor. It can also store max and min temps over a number of days, and show phases of the moon. We're not sure if they'll add a barometer or wind gauges, but we can always hope they might. This weather station is a first however, as it features a full color display.

  • Separate NOAA Weather Radio Broadcasts Warnings and Daily Reports
  • 3" Color LCD Display
  • Backlight Moon Phase Calendar
  • Maximum and Minimum Temperature Recorder
  • Calendar
  • Dew Point Display
  • Tracks Indoor/Outdoor Temperature
  • Includes AC Adaptor

Via DVICE at Taylor Wireless Color Weather Station with NOAA Weather Radio

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June 9, 2008

Sony Weather Band Shower Radio - Get Your Weather Wet


Imagine singing in the shower and being able to get the weather after you finish a verse or two.This ideal water resistant band shower radio for bathroom, shower, spa or sauna features a unique Easy-Grip design that will not easily slip from your hand and can be set down on the tub edge or other flat surface. Easy Weather Button allows one-touch access to weather information, and you can use it's FM/AM and TV Bands for entertainment.

At Sony ICF-S79V Weather Band Shower Radio

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June 6, 2008

Recycle the Rain - Rain Catcher Saves on Water Bills


It's a good idea with the rainy season coming to an end, to catch as much water as you can before it all goes away. And, when it does rain over the Summer months, to catch the rain and recycle it for your garden or yard saving you money.

This rain catcher features removable debris screen, and a built-in 4 foot hose with thumb valve stores neatly in slot at top of the barrel. The rain catcher is made of durable, UV-stable polyethylene, and you can link two or more together in seconds. A foolproof linking kit is included with every barrel, so you can add capacity as your garden expands.

At Achla RB-03 Rain Catcher, Wood Grain Design with 50 Gallon Capacity

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June 5, 2008

Weather instruments by RainWise


We just found this rather cool company located in main that has a range of rain related weather stuff and meteorological equipment. RainWise manufactures professional meteorological equipment for consumer, enterprise, and industrial applications. Their selection of more than 50 rain and temperature gauges, monitors, sensors, and related software products are ideal for weather enthusiasts, municipalities, federal government, and industrial manufacturers. All of their products are proudly made right here in the United States and are backed by free software upgrades and lifetime support.

At Weather instruments by RainWise | RainWise

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June 4, 2008

Wireless Projection Weather Station with 24 Advanced Forecast Icons


The La Crosse Technology Wireless Projection Weather Station with 24 Advanced Forecast Icons helps you prepare for your day and helps you decide what to wear. The weather station display shows indoor temperature/humidity and outdoor temperature/humidity with atomic time. It projects time or outdoor temperature onto your wall or ceiling, with a transmission range of 330 feet.

  • Advanced Weather-Man Forecast Icon and Light Projection Readings -- Based on changing barometric pressure, the cute character icon will alter his clothing and surroundings, alerting you of the exact current conditions outdoors and helping you prepare to step outside.
  • The included wireless temperature and humidity sensor monitors outdoor and indoor temperature in addition to indoor relative humidity.
  • Sunrise and sunset are also calculated based upon your city of residence. The weather station also displays the current moon phase, a perpetual calendar, and the atomic time and date.
  • The time and temperature alternate projection from the station onto the ceiling for easy viewing from anywhere in the room. It also includes a time alarm with snooze feature. -- This LED backlit station can be mounted on a wall or free standing.
  • Size: 4.25" x 6.04" x 1.14".

At La Crosse Technology WS-9520U Wireless Projection Weather Station with 24 Advanced Forecast Icons

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June 3, 2008

Timed Sprinkler Sensor Turns Off Water Based on Weather Alerts


It's time to stop wasting our precious resources, and here's a gadget that will do just that. Orbit Irrigation’s solar-powered wireless rain/freeze sensor acts together with the Orbit Professional Irrigation System to detect when there’s rain or when it’s freezing. It communicates wirelessly to the Sprinkler system to let it know when to shut off, and when it can resume sprinkler operations. The sensor also has a solar panel to keep it powered without you needing to replace the battery or hook it into wall power.

Via Gizmos for Geeks at Orbit

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June 2, 2008

May 2008 Monthly Round-Up for Weather Snob

May was another month of really amazing weather and weather news here at Weather Snob. We've received a ton of interesting new weather gadgets from Honeywell to review, and we've also been finding lots of cool weather books over the past month. Expect lots of reviews this month, as we dig deeper into the weather of Summer, and the weather products it brings.

Emergency Alert Monitors

Emergency Supplies

General News

Global Warming

Home Weather Stations


Indoor Outdoor Thermometers

Indoor Weather

Monthly Round-Ups

NOAA Radios

Rain Gauges


Weather Books

Weather Photos

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