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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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'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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wireless reception of temperature data from a remote sensor
Calendar clock with day of the week in 5 languages
User-selectable 12/24 hour clock display format and C/F temperature switch
Maximum and minimum temperature memory for indoor & outdoor temperatures
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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