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September 29, 2008

Daylight Weather Projection Clock from Oregon Scientific

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We've reviewed a competing weather projection clock from Honeywell and loved it, but we think this sleek black weather clock from Oregeon Scientific looks solid as well. The projection feature shines the current time, outdoor temperature and future weather forecast on your choice of surfaces. The integrated light sensor detects the current light levels, and automatically adjusts the projection beam to the perfect level of brightness – making it easy to see the projection at even the brightest time of day. Included wireless sensor gives you the precise outdoor temperature and calendar display in your choice of 5 languages keeps you on schedule.

Product Features

  • 180° rotating projection of weather forecast, time and outdoor temperature
  • Projection feature brightens as room light levels increase
  • Time auto-sets with Atomic time function
  • Weather forecast is shown in easy-to-read icons – sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, rain,or snow
  • Indoor and 1-channel outdoor temperature display
  • Temperature shown in either F° or C°
  • Calendar with weekday displays in your choice of languages: E-English, S-Spanish, I-Italian, F-French, D-Dutch, R-Russian
  • Alarm with 8-minute snooze function
  • LCD with red LED backlight
  • CDS sensor for projection and LCD backlight brightness control
  • Includes one wireless outdoor temperature sensor (RTHN318)
  • AC adapter included for continuous projection
At Oregon Scientific
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September 26, 2008

Ultra-Thin Weather Station from Oregon Scientific

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Thin is In! We love the look of the Ultra-Thin Weather Station from Oregon Scientific. Ideal for use on a desk, on a wall, or next to a bed, you’ll have all the information you need to plan your day. Atomic time is always precise and never needs adjusting for Daylight Saving time. Indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity keep you in the know, while an iconic weather forecast indicates future weather conditions. Alarm with snooze and calendar display round out the many features of this indispensable clock. Included remote wireless sensor contains the RF chip to better receive the Atomic time signal.

Product Features

  • Time auto-sets with Atomic time function
  • 12 or 24-hour time display
  • Weather forecast is shown in easy-to-read icons – sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, rainy, or snowy
  • Indoor and 1-channel outdoor temperature and humidity display
  • Temperature shown in either F° or C°
  • Alarm with 8-minute snooze function
  • Includes one wireless outdoor temperature sensor (RTGN318)

At Oregon Scientific

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September 24, 2008

Oregon Scientific Desktop Emergency Radio Weather Station - Stay Informed and Prepared

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Given the recent and ongoing hurricane season, and the amazing number of tornados this past year in the US, needing an emergency radio is like having running water. Just get one. We like the new weather radio from Oregon Scientific, as the WR606 can continuously monitor emergency broadcasts related to weather or civil incidents in your area. It also features SAME alert programming capabilities, and you can specify which counties you want to hear information for, and be alerted when severe weather or other alerts occur in up to 9 different local counties. You’ll also get temperature, humidity, weather forecast and barometric pressure data, each illuminated by a LED backlight with an included AC adapter.

Product Features

  • Monitors all US Hazards and Emergency Alert System (EAS) bulletins, warnings and watches
  • Receives all NOAA reports, which include advisories on severe weather conditions, civil emergencies, hazards, and evacuation details
  • SAME technology alerts users to emergencies in their area, and describes the type and duration of the event
  • Audible and visual alert signals notify you of all levels of messages (Advisories, Watches, Warnings)
  • 7 user-selectable channels or auto channel selection
  • Large dot-matrix LCD display with backlight
  • Displays indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity
  • Forecasts the weather 12 to 24 hours in advance
  • Measures barometric pressure with altitude adjustment
  • Ice Warning function: icon flashes when outdoor conditions near freezing temperatures
  • Features 12/24 hour time, day/month calendar and 2 daily alarms with snooze function

At Oregon Scientific

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September 22, 2008

Oregon Scientific RMS600 - Share Your Weather via USB

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We obviously like to track our backyard weather here at Weather Snob, and it's pretty amazing to see a weather station priced at just $89 to get you started. This robust weather station displays Atomic time, indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, 12-hour future forecast, ice alert, weather warnings, and moon phase. Weather enthusiasts will love to upload weather data to a PC via USB, and track weather changes with the included software.

Product Features

  • Indoor temperature and humidity display
  • Wireless remote sensor gathers outdoor temperature and humidity data (THN132N)
  • 12-hour future forecast shown in easy-to-read icons
  • Ice Alert
  • Moon phase
  • Weather warnings: Heat, Wind, Storm, Fog, Frost
  • Includes 3 AA batteries (main unit) and 1 AA battery (sensor)
  • Temperature tracking software included

At Oregon Scientific

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September 19, 2008

Umbrella Today? Answers That Question with Ease

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This might be the best and simplest weather report ever - we give you Umbrella Today. Pop your U.S. zip code (sorry international users) into new webapp Umbrella Today, and get a quick yes or no answer. After you input your zip code, you'll get an answer like below, and you'll be able to get results texted to you daily via SMS.

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Via Lifehacker at Umbrella Today

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September 17, 2008

Fall Foliage Maps and Photos at The Weather Channel

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Photo from the Weather Channel.

The Weather Channel has a really nice feature on Fall foliage maps, and photos from many Weather Channel viewers. The Fall foliage map is interactive, and you can select each region (like the northeast), and then drill down to see what type of foliage you might encounter. Our advice for Fall foliage viewing is to take a few trips instead of just one. You'll get the best mix of foliage for your weekend dollar.

At Fall Foliage maps and photos by The Weather Channel

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September 15, 2008

How to Build a Storm Shelter - Survive the Storm

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This is a picture of a dust storm in Oregon.

Though we don't recommend sticking it out in any storm if you're told to leave (as in the case of recent residents in Texas during IKE), sometimes you live in an area where it's almost impossible to leave, or you get a ton of smaller storms. You'll need the basics to stick it out and also to construct something in or around you home where you can concentrate your survival. The other thing a storm shelter provides is the ability to react quickly should a lesser storm become a greater one. In the Northeast a Nor'easter as their called can quickly get of hand, and having the supplies, location, and know how to survive with your family brings piece of mind.

Most of us live in areas where storms can become dangerous quickly, whether the great hurricanes on the oceans or the destructive tornadoes that skip across the interior of the country in spring and summer. Most locations in the northern plains can expect a blizzard-type snow storm once a winter and folks in New England fear the howling Nor'easter. Everyone watches when the weather gets bad for severe thunderstorms and high winds. Short of building a complete safe room, an alternative that many Gulf coast residents are choosing after the last few disastrous hurricane seasons, there are plans and sources for temporary to long term storm shelters available from several sources. No matter where you live and what your budget, you can create shelter from the storm to give you and your family a better chance of survival when these powerful weather events come your way.

Read How to Build a Storm Shelter

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September 12, 2008

Storm Safe Floating Hurricane Shelter

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We've been researching options for a storm shelter given the current hurricane season, and think we've found something interesting with Storm Safe. The severe storm Hurricane Shelter is designed in a hexagon shape, and fabricated from heavy aluminum. The shelter is designed to be assembled quickly, and stores away concealed from others who might want to barge into your storm shelter. We're not sure with high winds we would want to be in the Storm Safe without it being secured, but because it's water tight, we might be a bit more inclined to not worry about being washed out to sea. Whatever you decide, the best option is always to evacuate if you're told to, and we think a storm shelter is a good last option to have in your arsenal of emergency tricks.

It has the following key features:

  • 4 Person Capacity
  • 8x7 foot
  • Stores in a Small Space
  • Assembles with hand tools
  • Can be disassembled from the inside
  • 4 air-vents, plug-gable
  • Can be secured to the ground
  • Watertight and floats
  • Inside lighting with light sticks

At Hurricane Shelter Storm Safe

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September 10, 2008

Hurricanes as Seen from Space - Pictures from Orbit

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There's an amazing set of pictures over at Boston.com on hurricanes. It's a set of pictures taken from orbit on various hurricanes like Hurricane Ivan from 2004. Some of the pictures of the eyes of various hurricanes are jaw dropping.

This image of Hurricane Ivan, one of the strongest hurricanes on record, was taken Saturday, Sept 11th, 2004 from an altitude of about 230 miles by Astronaut Edward M. Fincke, NASA ISS science officer and flight engineer, looking out the window of the International Space Station. At the time, Ivan was in the western Caribbean Sea and reported to have winds of 160 mph. (NASA)

At Hurricanes, as seen from orbit - The Big Picture

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September 8, 2008

GPX Weatherband Digital NOAA Radio

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With hurricane season upon us, it's good to have a rechargeable weather alert radio like the GPX. It features a built in flashlight, am/fm/tv tuning, and also has the NOAA weatherband. No matter what the circumstances are with power supply, you'll be able to tune in because this unit is DC-powered by rechargeable batteries (included), and has two ways to recharge the batteries. You can use the heavy duty dynamo motor for power generation or you can use an AC charge using the built-in retractable AC plug. There's even an over-charge protection circuit built in. Stereo headphone jack included.

At GPX Weather X RWB6806DT NOAA Weatherband, Digital Tune AM/FM/TV Radio, Built-In Flashlight with Recharge Circuit and Batteries

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September 5, 2008

Track Hurricane Hannah - Track Hurricanes On Stormpulse

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Techcrunch is featuring a new service called Stormpulse. Want to know when that hurricane in your area will pass by or tear your roof off? Stormpulse has the info.

Wonder where Hurricane Ike will hit or when Tropical Storm Hanna will pass? Hurricane season has lots of people glued to the Weather Channel to catch the latest updates on developing storms. But why wait for the weatherman to tell you what is going on when you can check for yourself online? One of the best places to do that is Stormpulse. (Google Earth is another one). Stormpulse shows active hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic. And the graphics are better than TV because you can play around with them.

Via Techcrunch at Stormpulse

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September 3, 2008

GraGraph Home Earthquake Meter

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Looking to find out how big and when the quake is starting? The GraGraph will sound an alert and tell you how large the earthquake is on the Richter scale (anywhere from 3 to 10). The GraGraph will however not tell you when a quake might happen - it only tells you what's happening and has no earthquake prediction features. It does however have a built-in LCD clock, alarm and night-light. The GraGraph will also record prior seismic activity.

Via Gizmos for Geeks

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September 1, 2008

Hurricane Gustav Coming - Get Out of New Orleans

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Everyone here at Weather Snob is thinking of everyone in the Gulf Coast - especially those living in New Orleans. Let's hope Gustav decides to slow down and not make landfall in the Gulf Region.

Gustav's passage over Cuba took a toll on its wind speed, but it was heading over warmer Gulf waters, which are expected to reinvigorate the storm, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.

People line up at an evacuation point in New Orleans Saturday, as Gustav approaches the Gulf Coast.
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The storm's passage over Cuba shaved just 15 mph off the top wind speeds reported by the hurricane center before it made landfall on the island. Forecasters believe Gustav will quickly regain that power and more, likely growing to Category 4 status on Sunday.

More at Warm Gulf waters expected to refuel Gustav

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