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November 24, 2008

The Weather Snob is Signing Off

It's been an amazing two years here at Weather Snob, but it's time to sign off.

We want to thank everyone who has supplied us products for review, feedback from our readers, and anyone else we've missed. The Weather Snob may return in the future, but for now enjoy our vast archives of weather related fun and news.

If you're looking for other interesting reads weather related and non-weather related please visit other sites from BlogPire Productions.

-- The Weather Snob

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November 12, 2008

5 Things Airlines Won't Tell You About Weather Delays

waitinginline.jpg We found this rather interesting article on weather delays and what airports don't want you to know. They mostly use any weather excuse to get out of paying you, telling you why you're late, or just to delay you.

1. If there is a hint of bad weather anywhere, that will be used as the excuse
2 .Weather is considered an "Act of God" and it basically means the carrier owes passengers nothing.
3. When an airline says a flight is affected by weather we have to take it at its word.
4.'Our definition of a weather delay is absurdly loose.
5. 'We're even confused by the way we report weather delays.

Via Consumerist at

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November 5, 2008

Weather Fun at NOAA - Games and Puzzles for Kids


Try out some weather puzzles and other fun at This page is filled with things sure to keep you and your kids engaged with weather.

At Weather Fun

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October 27, 2008

Oregon Scientific Online Store at Amazon


If you want to see all of Oregon Scientific's weather gadgets and accessories in one place, we just found out they have a store at Amazon. The store has a best sellers list, and also details on all of their products.

At Oregon Scientific Store

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October 20, 2008

Got $80,000? You Can Buy SimpleWeather Web Site


Mashable is reporting SimpleWeather - a site that lets you simply enter your zip code and get the weather is up for sale. 80k? We'll take 80k in money - right now. :-) Too bad, it's tough to see the economic downturn effect smaller sites, and these sites have to sell out for money. Or is it?

SimpleWeather, a nifty web site which brings you weather information when you enter a zip code or city name into a simple form, is for sale. We’ve mentioned the site in our big list of sites that provide you with weather info, and it has been mentioned on other prominent sites as well, most notably on one of Time’s “25 websites you can’t live without” lists.

The site is currently defunct, redirecting to; it is due to a $6000 debt to its data provider, The owners are asking 80,000 dollars for ownership of the site, source code, backend and some additional domain names.

Via Mashable

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September 19, 2008

Umbrella Today? Answers That Question with Ease


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.


Via Lifehacker at Umbrella Today

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September 17, 2008

Fall Foliage Maps and Photos at The Weather Channel

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 1, 2008

Hurricane Gustav Coming - Get Out of New Orleans


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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August 25, 2008

Weather Snob is On Vacation - See You in September 2008


That's right. We're hitting the beach for the next week, and will return after Labor Day. Enjoy your last week of Summer, and we'll see you soon.

- Weather Snob

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August 13, 2008

Weather Resistant Coatings for Gadgets Invented

dive-with-your-gadgets-2.jpg We just found this really interesting article on a coating that makes electronic devices weather proof. Well - splash proof is a more accurate description, but none the less - your iPhone may soon be safe at the beach.

A team of scientists from the Northeast Maritime Institute have invented a unique coating substance which protects gadgets against whatever perils which might be a result of contact with liquids. The coating, which the inventors say is ideal for application in the electronics industry, effectively shields the operational equipment in a way that prevents all damages otherwise caused by exposure to severe weather conditions including acute rain, moisture, and humid environments.

In the developed coating process, a vacuum deposited film is produced – a nonflammable, low toxicity material, which according to the scientists, has the ability to make electronic devices and other surfaces” splash-proof”. This uniform film, which was given the nickname “Golden Shellback”, is clear in appearance, almost non-detectable, and insoluble in solvents. Once applied to clean, moisture-free surfaces it provides them an impenetrable covering with sound weather proofing and anti-corrosion properties, allowing them to withstand contact with more than just water.

Via Technocrat

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