Today Great Britain and the world celebrates the Royal Wedding of bonny Prince William to commoner Kate Middleton, who must be one of the most beautiful royals ever. Everyone of course hopes for beautiful weather, but if not, the Brits are prepared. Her Majesty's Bird Cage Umbrella is the official Fulton umbrella used during inclement weather by Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother in her time.
The Birdcage Umbrella has a fashionable dome shape providing that extra coverage with fiberglass ribs for flexibility and strength in high winds. The transparent cover allows you to see and be seen. Open and close your umbrella with the patented and ultra smooth "easy glide".
Weddar is a new interactive weather service app for the people, by the people. Anyone can be a weather reporter with this location-based app which provides weather reports from someone who is actually experiencing it. From the Weddar site:
In Weddar you have real people reporting on how the weather feels, not machines.
With the old weather report services you get the usual, broad and generalist "New York, 93º f, 73% humidity, NE light wind." reports.
In Weddar, someone, somewhere in Central Park will tell you that the weather "Feels perfect.", another one near the river will tell you that "Feels good but windy", because weather conditions really are different in a same city.
Spring and summer bring the bright sunshine and wonderful weather. Say goodbye to "white-out" and protect your eyes wearing these top-rated Polarized Magnifier Sunglasses. These are sunglasses and readers in one comfortable combo with 1.5X, 2.0X, or 2.5X magnification. They come in black frames with gray or amber lens color and won't break the bank.
Place one of these eye-catching Galileo units on your desk or bookshelf. It will surely be noticed. This Galileo Thermometer with Glass Globe Barometer from Chaney Instrument blends old and new technology to provide your desktop weather report. The entire unit is mounted on a wood base.
How does it work? A Galileo thermometer is filled with a clear liquid that suspends multiple colored weighted glass bubbles. As the liquid within the bubbles changes temperature, their density also changes, allowing the weights to rise or fall and thus creating a gauge.
The glass water barometer responds to changes in the air temperature. Fair weather is indicated by a low fluid level in the glass spout while a higher fluid level in the glass spout means inclement weather is in your future. This decorative barometer features a lovely etching of our Earth's continents.
Listen to your music worry-free while on the go in any kind of weather. This Eco Extreme Rugged and Waterproof Case by Grace Digital works with every MP3 player and cell phone including the iPhone, iPod Touch, Motorola Droid and Blackberry.
It has a built-in speaker and includes extra space to keep your credit cards, wallet, or keys safe from the elements at the beach, lake or backyard barbeque. When the unit is properly closed and sealed your valuables are safe against rain, snow or bodies of waterand any accidental spills. It even floats. In Black, Blue, Green, Orange and Yellow.
Thunderstorms and deadly lightning can literally come out of the blue, catching people off guard and unprepared. When you hear thunder, you're already in range of a lightning strike.
The Strike Alert Personal Lightning Detector is a small and affordable lightning detector that provides an early warning of approaching lightning strikes from as far away as 40 miles. An audible alarm sounds when there's a strike and a corresponding LED light illuminates accordingly at lightning distances of 20-40 miles, 12-24 miles, 6-12 miles and within 6 miles.
The Lightning Detector clips to your belt, golf bag, backpack, or purse and runs on a single AA battery for up to 100 hours. Perfect for outdoor sports, days at the beach, park outings, hiking and more.
Tornado season has already begun in the Midwest, thunderstorms are rolling through the South and summer hurricane season is soon upon us. During a weather disaster one of the first things to go is the electricity.
This emergency LED flashlight Blackout Buddy goes on when the power goes out. The prongs fold in for use as a flashlight. Plug it directly into an electrical socket for constant charge and use as a nightlight.
Included with the purchase of the Blackout Buddy is an American Red Cross preparedness guide as well as a donation to the American Red Cross. Available at Amazon and Wind and Weather.
This comfortable Marmot Precip Rain Jacket is 100-percent seam-taped to make it completely waterproof in wet conditions. It is ventilated and breathable to keep you cool and dry no matter what the weather.
More than 243 tornadoes have caused extensive human and property damage from Oklahoma to Virginia since last Thursday April 14. North Carolina received the brunt of destruction enduring as many as 60 tornadoes -- the state's worst outbreak in more than 25 years.
A major reason for the scope of destruction is that heavily populated areas were in the path of the storms. Meteorologist Meghan Evans explains what happened over at AccuWeather.com. Essentially, three weather conditions combined to create this violent tornado outbreak ranging from the southern Plains into the Southeast: 1) a powerful jet stream, 2) abundant moisture and 3) a strong cold front.
There are a couple of factors that are making this year a more active severe weather year compared to normal and compared to last year.
The first factor is that the water in Gulf of Mexico is warmer than last year. This means that there is very warm, moist air in supply for storm systems to tap into and provide fuel for severe weather.
The second is that we are in one of the strongest La Nina patterns in recorded history.
Scientists at the NOAA Vents Program at Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and Oregon State University listened to the sounds of the March 11, 2011 Honshu, Japan earthquake propagated through the earth's crust.
From the site: "The first sound file is from a hydrophone located in the central north Pacific, the second sound file and spectrogram is from a hydrophone located near the Aleutian Islands." Listen below.
Joel Achenbach quotes U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Ross Stein in the Washington Post: "It will take probably a decade before this aftershock sequence is over," Stein said. "The watchword in Tokyo should be long-term vigilance. Nobody should think this should go away in a few weeks or a few months." Click for a truly shocking graphic of earthquakes greater than 5.0 magnitude in and around Japan since March 11, 2011.
Keep tabs on weather conditions right outside your door with this Wireless Self Emptying Rain Gauge with Temperature and Atomic Time from Ambient Weather, easy to set up and simple to use. The weather station's main console can be placed on your desktop or mounted to your wall and displays a wide range of information in an easy-to-read format on a large LCD. The wireless sensor installs just about anywhere you wish up to 100 feet away.
The indoor console displays the temperature indoors and the rainfall outside, receiving rain data from the included wireless remote sensor. The self-emptying rain gauge provides precise rain gauge amounts, with an impressive resolution of 0.01 inches. The radio-controlled clock automatically synchronizes to the atomic clock in Colorado, never requires resetting and automatically adjusts to Daylight Savings Time.
It seems every year we have a period of drought that burns the grass and threatens our plants and trees. If we capture and store the fresh water when it rains, then we can recycle it during these dry spells for watering. Plants always seem to thrive better drinking natural rainwater rather than chemical-ridden tap. Plus using rainwater reduces your water bill.
This Rain Barrel Urn resembles the terra cotta pottery we love. A self-draining planter on top adds a charming touch.
Protect yourself from the sun's rays and surprise rain showers with this men's hiking hat. This olive khaki Sunshower Sombrero has a UPF-30 nylon shell to stave off sunburn. The waterproof, breathable rain cover shield stows away in a pocket under the brim, which is foam-reinforced brim to keep the hat afloat in the water. The mesh ventilation panels along with the hat's moisture-wicking sweatband will help keep you cool.
This is a sleek, low-profile watch with a calendar, an alarm and a stopwatch function up to 60 hours. It has a backlight for easy viewing in low light conditions and is water-resistant up to 30 metres (98 feet).
As we all know from our own or vicarious experience, the weather can seriously disrupt our lives in a nanosecond to the point where survival is an issue. In such an event, this compact Emergency Thermal Blanket comes in quite handy as an "emergency shelter".
The Emergency Blanket provides warmth, retaining and reflecting up to 90% of body heat and functions as a waterproof and windproof barrier. In the event of an injury, it doubles as a covering to help reduce shock. Keep a few around the house for emergency use and bring along when camping, hiking, in the car or anywhere you may need to survive low temperatures outdoors.
Keep your family safe and receive weather and civil warnings specific to your area 24 hours a day, even when the electricity is out. The compact and portable Oregon Scientific WR602 Weather Radio with Charge Cradle is programmed to receive NOAA broadcasts from all available emergency advisories on tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods, evacuations, plus civil danger warnings including Amber Alert child abductions, nuclear accidents and other hazards.
The radio alerts via both audio and visual signals, with manual or automatic channel select modes. The message levels--statement, watch, warning, and test--can be set to English, French, or Spanish. When on the road, this rechargeable radio has a travel mode that searches for the strongest signal, and its digital clock includes an alarm.
Create beautiful music from the wind that flows through your yard. This serene Chakra Wind Chime combines sound and color to draw our focus to the energy centers of the human body. The chime's seven center stones are aligned just as the chakras are stacked along the spine.
Conserve energy and measure the temperature, humidity and barometric pressure with this 3-in-1 Solar Barometer. It absorbs the sun's energy (free, last time we checked) to power functions. Plus, it's good--looking. It's made of stainless steel for a sleek appearance and years of dependable use.
Natural disasters -- earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, drought, cyclones, snowstorms -- wreak havoc on individual lives as well as the economies of the state or nation where they occur. To track the cause and effects of these disasters, as well as responses and associated costs, the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) of the Department of Commerce has reviewed global weather data using the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's network of orbiting satellites.
Their study of disasters over the past 30 years from 1980-2010 tallied 99 natural disasters whose economic costs (not including human life) surpassed $1 billion. Mainstreet has built a slideshow of The Most Expensive Weather Disasters in America. Coming in at #1 as most expensive was Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with damages of $133.8 billion.
Based in sunny Florida, we do grow tired of the monotony of beautiful, sunny weather--day in, day out. One winter the weather in Ft Myers was balmy, clear and sunny daily from September through late spring when the rainy season set in. Can you imagine?
Magic Vision Lab's weather simulator can give you a break from the tedium of fair weather by simulating snow and hail. Drought conditions? No problem -- enjoy three different intensities of rain.
This was the first month back for the Weather Snob after some much-needed time off. Hope you enjoyed our return as much as we did! We know spring is right around the bend, and we will be looking at warm weather gadgets, news and weather gear during the month of April.
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