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February 18, 2008

RSS Weather - Subscribe to Weather Forecast Feeds


This is a great idea - you can now get local weather forecasts via RSS. Feeds are available by selecting the country you live in and then drilling down into the specific location. We're in North America, but you can get weather for anywhere on the planet by RSS.

At RSS Weather

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February 14, 2008

Weather creates Valentine's Day chaos for Florist

1124286-S.jpgWeather and holidays always go hand and hand resulting in total chaos most of the time. This story is a bit different...

On any other Valentine's Day Tammy Ahlvin would love to relish in the pageantry. This year, she just wants it to be over.
Ahlvin bought Sweetheart Florists in Jackson in January. She worked in medical billing and wanted something more creative.

"Normally I like being around flowers," Ahlvin said Wednesday as she sifted through orders for flower arrangements, getting ready to go on another delivery. "This is chaos. ... I expected the lights to be on."

Generators chugged loudly from outside as she answered the phones and took more orders for Valentine's Day roses and carnations.

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January 28, 2008

NOAA Invests in Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Robot Hurricane Hunters


A Robot Hurricane Hunter

Seems like NOAA has finally gotten the word that sending pilots into hurricanes isn't the best idea when you can do it with a robot. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has decided to invest $3 million to use UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) for “the missions we call dirty, dull and dangerous.” These include predicting intensity of hurricanes, tracking Arctic ice melting, and flooding of the west coast of the U.S.

Via Gear Live at BBC UK

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January 24, 2008

Warm Weather Boosts Mood and Broadens the Mind


Get out—for at least 30 minutes. The positive impact warm, sunny weather can have on mental health and mood is real, according to new U-M research. Given the weather today in New England - we agree - sun and a little warmth from it can relieve the stress in your day.

Taking a trip to someplace warm in the middle of winter or lingering outside when spring arrives can be especially beneficial, with pleasant weather improving mood, memory and broadening cognitive style (openness to new information and creative thoughts) as time spent outside increased, researchers found. Hotter weather during the summer, however, lowered mood levels and the effect of pleasant weather was far less noticeable in other seasons.

"Being outside in pleasant weather really offers a way to re-set your mindset," says Matthew Keller, the post-doctoral researcher who led the psychology study. "Everyone thinks weather affects mood, but the biggest tests of this theory in 2000 found no relationship, so we went back and found there are two important variables: how much time you spend outside and what the season is. If you go from winter to spring and spend enough time outside, there's a noticeable change."

The findings, completed by a team that also included social psychology professors Barbara Frederickson and Oscar Ybarra, will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science.

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January 22, 2008

Big Discounts on Oregon Scientific Weather Forecasters

Starck Large Music Clock in Yellow was $150.00 now $45.00

You can get up to 75% off some weather gadgets at Oregon Scientific. Deals included the following big savings on weather forecasters.

  • Atomic Travel Clock with Indoor Temperature was $29.95 now $14.95
  • Starck Small Music Clock with AM/FM Radio - Gray was $40.00 now $15.00
  • 2.4 GHZ Lifestyle Cordless Phone with Caller ID Through Mirror was $79.95 now $39.95
  • Motion Activated Wall Clock was $80.00 now $40.00
  • Starck Large Music Clock - Yellow was $150.00 now $45.00
  • Starck Medium Projection Weather Clock with Free Starck Small Music Clock - Grey LCD was $65.00 now $50.00
  • Starck Basic Medium Bundle was $135.00 now $90.00

At Oregon Scientific

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January 9, 2008

Weather Robot Tells of Sunny Days to Come

This robot is government funded and even walks around telling you the weather. We're now really glad/mad we didn't trek all the way to Vegas and attend CES just for this weather robot.

Via Engadget

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January 8, 2008

Are Home Weather Stations Worth Having?

We recently came across this Gizmodo article - Solving Problems That Don't Exist. We tend to agree with some of the points - one being that most weather stations you can buy for you home don't connect wireless to the internet or your computer. Having to plug in a direct line or sync the weather station is a total hassle. You can record what happens - but isn't the weather in the present the best thing to know?

For us having a home weather station at Weather Snob means knowing how truly cold it is where we live instead of just going by the local weather, and also getting details on rain fall - etc. Though there are current "gadget" issues in the current crop of weather stations, they are still really great to have at your house for getting the true local picture.

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December 24, 2007

Happy Holidays from Weather Snob

From AscendingKitty

We want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday from the entire staff here at Weather Snob. We'll have a full set of reviews when we return in the New Year. Thanks for all your support in 2007, and we know 2008 is going to be even bigger and better here at Weather Snob.

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December 19, 2007

Winter Weather Weapons - The Sno-Baller

I always wanted one of these winter weather weapons. Instead, I had frozen mittens and cold hands from packing snowballs over and over. It'll cost you $8.95, to get sno-ballin this winter, but we think you'll like the results. We picked one up and so far we haven't lost any snow wars.

Via Gizmodo at Plow & Hearth

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November 21, 2007 - Holiday Weather and Travel Info

Want to see what the weather has in store for you in your holiday travels? Check out for insights into what lies ahead for your holiday weather.

At Holiday Weather Guide

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