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May 31, 2011

Weather Snob Monthly Round-Up -- May 2011

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Here's a look back at the marvelous May we enjoyed here at Weather Snob. We are excited about all the warm weather gadgets and breaking weather news for the upcoming merry month of June.

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May 31, 2011

Keep the Bad Weather Outside -- Water Trapper Doormats

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When the weather outside is frightful, don't take chances on your expensive floors and carpets. Lay down these Water Trapper Doormats to catch the mess before it gets inside and keep your floors clear of mud, dirt, salt, and puddles.

These attractive polypropylene mats have side channels that drain water quickly, thick fibers to scrape off mud and snow, and thin fibers remove moisture from the soles of your boots and shoes. Strong rubber backing keeps the mat securely in place. Hose off to clean. Perfect for homes with pets, too. In 28 different sizes and the colors below to suit every household's needs.

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May 30, 2011

WeatherWear: USB Air Conditioned Shirt by Kuchofuku

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This Air Conditioned Shirt will make you super cool this summer. Fans blow fresh air into the shirt, powered solely by your powered USB drive.

[via Book of Joe]

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May 27, 2011

WeatherWise: Keep Mosquitoes and Insects Out of Your Rain Barrel

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We love our rain barrel. It looks terrific in our back yard and conserves natural rain water for our thirsty shrubs and plants. Tap water maintains plants--they thrive on rain water.

Trouble is, mosquito larvae thrive in warm sitting water, plus beetles, flies, bees and other assorted creepy crawlies fall in. Custom fit your rain barrel with a lid made of small netting. Inexpensive window screening works perfectly and is readily available at your local home center. Alternatively drill large holes 1 to 2 inches in diameter in the rain barrel's lid.

At Rain Barrels

[h/t ReNest]

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May 26, 2011

Kestrel 3000 Pocket Weather Meter

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You can have the weather with you wherever you go. If you are a professional on the job, a sports coach, or an outdoor enthusiast, you likely need accurate weather info to properly assess your situation. The compact size and high durability of this Kestrel 3000 Pocket Weather Meter make it the right choice anywhere and anytime you may need to make crucial decisions.

The Kestrel 3000's sensitive technology provides accurate wind speed info, along with an external temperature sensor and waterproof casing that allow you to gauge the temperature of water (it even floats) and snow, as well as the open air. A hard slide-on case, lanyard, and battery are included. It accurately measures:

  • Wind Chill
  • Air, Water, and Snow Temperature (displayed in Fahrenheit or Celsius w/ accuracy of +/-1 degree)
  • Current, Average, and Maximum Wind Speed (displayed in: Beaufort Wind Scale; Knots; MPH; KPH or Feet Per Minute)
  • Relative Humidity
  • Dewpoint
  • Heat Stress Index

Five year warranty.

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May 25, 2011

Pachelbel Canon Wind Chime

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Around here we put the wind to some good use. Not creating energy or anything constructive, just to make us feel better. We all love Johann Pachelbel's celebrated Canon, so we hang this truly magical Woodstock Pachelbel's Canon Chime on our porch to swing in the breeze. We are soothed and serenaded by its resonant tones all year round. There are many other sounds and styles -- popular Woodstock Chimes are precision-tuned and high quality.

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May 24, 2011

Conant Vermont Natural Brass Rain Gauge

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Do you know what a pluviometer is? It's the scientific word for a rain gauge, from the Latin word for rain, pluvio. So if you want to know how much it rained, you want a pluviometer, such as this Conant Vermont Natural Brass Rain Gauge

This solid brass and glass rain gauge is both accurate and good-looking. Easily post on your deck or ground mount in your garden with the solid brass hardware provided, and let Mother Nature take care of the rest!

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May 23, 2011

Le Pixel Beach Umbrella

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Look sharp at the beach this summer under your Le Pixel beach umbrella. This canvas umbrella has a 9 m wide canopy with +30 UPF to protect you from sun exposure. Comes complete with a lightweight two-tone hinged pole and an individual carry case.

[via WSJ]

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May 20, 2011

Men's Persol Sunglasses -- UV Protection with a Timeless Style

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Look sharp in these comfortable and durable men's Persol Sunglasses hand-crafted in Turin, Italy. Not only will you make the women swoon, you won't be caught squinting into the sun on those bright, clear summer days.

Percel sunglasses blend fashion and function, with their classic, handsome style and crystal polarized optics. Their flex temple system with the signature Persol arrow is time-tested, dating back to the 1930s.

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May 19, 2011

WeatherWise: NOAA 2011 Hurricane Season Forecast

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The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its forecast for the 2011 storm season, with a prediction of an above-normal hurricane season this year across the entire Atlantic Basin:

12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which:

6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including:

3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher)

Each of these ranges has a 70 percent likelihood, and indicate that activity will exceed the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.


The six-month Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. The East Pacific hurricane season began May 15th. Download the NOAA 2011 Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Photo: Hurricane Earl, September 1, 2010/NOAA

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May 18, 2011

When It Doesn't Rain -- Rain Bird SST-600I Simple Indoor Automatic Sprinkler System Timer

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While a lot of our world, sadly, is flooding, where we are there isn't even enough rain these days to keep our lawn green. We are praying to the rain gods. If this happens to you too, you can water your property guilt-free just by customizing the watering schedules for your underground sprinkling system with this Rain Bird SST-600I Simple Set 6-Station Indoor Automatic Sprinkler System Timer.

Set this advanced timer and fine tune your watering schedules for each of your lawn areas--grass, shrubs, trees and flower beds. You can conveniently set each watering zone independently as well as the flow rates of each sprinkler type. And when you do finally get a shower, use the rain delay command as needed for manual suspension of a watering cycle.

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May 17, 2011

WeatherWise: Tuscaloosa AL Tornado -- Scariest Video Yet

The massive tornado outbreak that hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27 was sadly responsible for 238 deaths according to authorities. It was Alabama's worst natural disaster since tornadoes killed over 300 people in 1932.

This video is from YouTube user MrEverduarte who recorded the funnel storm as it terrifyingly passed over the top of his home.

[via DailyWhat]

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WeatherWear: Weatherproof Women's Rue Shoes

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Here at Weather Snob we swear by our slip-on waterproof, mud-proof shoes and you will too, especially if you live in an area that has seen lots of rain. These comfy Women's Rue Garden Slip-Ons by BOGS offer unbeatable protection from the elements--rain, puddles, mud and insects.

The boots have flexible rubber shells with non-slip, non-marking outsoles which provide great traction in slippery conditions as well as comfort and shock absorption. Simply hose off as needed. In various colors.

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At Amazon and Wind and Weathericon

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May 16, 2011

Weather Shower Curtain

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Is your bathroom decor a little dull and routine? Spruce it up with this hand-screened Weather Shower Curtain. Learn the basics of the water cycle and other interesting weather facts while you shower or brush your teeth. Great for children!

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May 13, 2011

How to Forecast the Weather Without Electronic Gadgets

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While we love our electronic weather gadgets, it's important to learn to predict the weather on our own too. Nature actually tells us a lot of what we need to know if we pay attention and can read the signs.

We found a quick primer on the basics over at the Art of Manliness, Forecast the Weather Like Daniel Boone covering Cloud Signs, Proverbs That Stand the Test of Time and Tools of the Trade: The Barometer, which should interest you if you are a budding or seasoned weather buff.

While we can observe cloud signs and memorize the weather proverbs as the above article recommends, in order to predict accurately we really need to measure atmospheric pressure. So yes, a barometer is a gadget, but not an electronic one. Once we have our barometer, we then need to be able to interpret it. The aforementioned article provides a barometer reference card (below), taken from Skills for Taming the Wilds by Bradford Angier.

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May 12, 2011

Colonial-Styled Weather Gauges for the History Buff

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These unique Jeffersonian Weather Gaugesicon are styled on the beautiful instrumentation of the colonial era. The Rain Gauge, Thermometer and Wind Meter are all crafted of solid brass and stainless steel. Mounting stakes and hardware are included.

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May 11, 2011

Weather Wise: Planetary Lineup This May in Eastern Dawn Sky

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On May 12 our four planetary neighbors--Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter--will be clustered within 6 degrees of each other in the dawn sky. In fact, every day this month, these 4 will be in conjunction in the low eastern horizon 20 to 45 minutes before your local sunrise. NatGeo has the scoop:

While this planetary alignment can be glimpsed from around the world, best views will be centered around the tropics, where the planets will shine brighter and higher in the predawn sky.

For observers in mid-latitude regions such as southern Canada, most of the continental U.S., and Europe, the planets will hug the eastern horizon very closely, making it more of a challenge to see the entire set.

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To view the next big planetary conjunction including 5 planets and the moon we will have to wait almost 30 years until September 8, 2040.

Read article at NatGeo.

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May 10, 2011

Foldaway Weatherproof Wicker Lounger

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It's getting to be time to break out the lawn chairs. This Foldaway Weatherproof Wicker Lounger has a weatherproof aluminum frame covered by all-weather wicker to protect against decay and fading from moisture and the summer sun's strong UV rays. There's ample room to share the seat with your honey or just stretch out if you are all by yourself.

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Customize the height of the adjustable foam-filled bolster pillow to provide just the right support for your head and neck, or even remove it altogether. The leg and backrests are contoured for comfort. When not in use, it folds to just under a foot high for convenient storage.

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May 9, 2011

Stressed Out by Natural Disasters? Where to Live to Avoid Them

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Are you finding all these tornadoes, earthquakes and floods a bit stressful? If so, the New York Times has a helpful graphic to ease your pain, Where to Live to Avoid a Natural Disaster:

The analysis below, by Sperling's Best Places, a publisher of city rankings, is an attempt to assess a combination of those risks in 379 American metro areas.

Risks for twisters and hurricanes (including storms from hurricane remnants) are based on historical data showing where storms occurred.

Earthquake risks are based on United States Geological Survey assessments and take into account the relative infrequency of quakes, compared with weather events and floods.

Additional hazards included in this analysis: flooding, drought, hail and other extreme weather.

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May 6, 2011

Robin Family Weathervane

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Robins are one sure sign of spring. Mount this charming swell-bodied copper Robin Family Weathervaneicon on your roof or cupola this spring. The mama robin holds a worm in her beak and is about to feed her four hungry chicks. The unit comes complete with brass directionals, copper globes, and steel mast.

Browse the many different styles of Weathervanesicon -- animals, birds, objects and icons.

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May 5, 2011

How a Tornado is Formed and Measured -- Anatomy of a Tornado

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Sadly, 2011 is shaping up as the year of the tornado in the U.S. While every tornado is not precisely the same, they all have characteristics in common. The BBC has created a must-see graphic depicting how these most violent storms form.

Tornado winds are difficult to measure since they whip around very fast. The Fujita damage scale is used to estimate speed, from a base of F0 to incredible damage at F5:

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anatomytorn.jpgFor further reading on the subject, Anatomy of a Tornado by Terri (Terri Sievert) Dougherty provides an inside look at how tornadoes form, the devastation they cause, and the cutting-edge technology forecasters are using to help keep us safe.

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May 4, 2011

Voyager KA500GRN Solar/Dynamo Emergency Radio

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This next generation Voyager KA500GRN Solar/Dynamo Emergency Radio has all the features that you'll need in an emergency weather situation. It multi-functions as an emergency radio, a super-bright lantern, a reading lamp, an emergency beacon and a cell phone charger.

The radio picks up 7 NOAA weather channels and is designed to operate from a myriad of power sources, including handcrank, solar, batteries, electrical outlet and USB. It has a compact, portable design making it perfect not only for emergency weather use, but for travel and outdoor activities too.

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The Voyager Solar/Dynamo Emergency Radio is available at Amazon and Wind and Weather.

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May 3, 2011

Maintain a Healthy and Comfortable Humidity Level in Your Home and Office with a Moisture Meter -- Honeywell TM005X Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Thermo-Hygrometer

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High humidity has already set in at our Weather Snob headquarters and will soon be the prevailing condition around most of the U.S. Living in a high-humidity area, we know that moisture control is the key to mold control. Mold, mildew, and other biological growths from high humidity, showers, clothes dryers can adversely affect your health in the form of allergic reactions and asthma attacks.

The EPA recommends maintaining the relative humidity in your home and office between 30 percent and 50 percent. You can monitor this with a moisture or humidity meter or hygrometer, a small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument widely available.

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The Honeywell TM005X Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Thermo-Hygrometer, for instance, has a jumbo LCD display for easy readings from across the room. The display toggles from temperature to humidity in bold digits for easy reading. Its wireless sensor transmits temperature and humidity data from up 100 feet away.

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May 2, 2011

WeatherWear -- Women's Packable Raincoat

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We love being out and about now that the weather is warmer, but no one likes to be soaked by a sudden shower. This attractive women's Pack and Go Raincoat stores away into its own pouch for easy travel.

The zip-front design has a snap-close storm placket in front and a hood with its own zip-pocket. There's also a back storm flap with zip-close front welt pockets and one interior zippered security pocket. The raincoat has raglan sleeves with adjustable snaps and grommets for ventilation.

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May 1, 2011

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