July 6, 2011
One of the many problems caused by the increasing severity of storms across the country are power lulls and surges that can ruin your expensive electronic equipment and destroy your precious data. We all have a lot of money invested in our home computer systems and need to protect them from weather damage.
This Belkin BE112230-08 12-Outlet Home/Office Surge Protector with Telephone and Coaxial Protection provides quality computer protection for both home and professional workstations. It's also an ideal solution to protect your laser printers, telephones, coaxial lines, home-theater systems, and everyday household electronics during the extreme weather which is becoming more and more a part of daily life.
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July 5, 2011
Good news comes out of the 4th of July holiday weekend about one of Weather Snob's favorite internet hangouts, AccuWeather. AccuWeather for Windows Phone is now available for download from Windows Phone Marketplace.
This app automatically updates forecasts for selected locations right on the phone's start screen. Localized forecasts for global locations are updated hourly, along with their RealFeel® temperature, and severe weather alerts. Day and night weather forecasts are readily available as well as information for the next ten days.
Other features include panoramic views, interactive Bing maps, and nicknaming of your favorite places. There's access to multiple weather displays, including animated radar and satellite maps, and current, broadcast-quality weather videos, many available in both English and Spanish.
The user has the option of choosing between metric or imperial units, as well as forecasts for special lifestyles, such as conditions for specific sports and other outdoor activities. For more details go to AccuWeather.
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July 1, 2011
Here's a look back at the weather-related tips, news, gadgets and ways to stay super cool we covered this past June. We look forward to seeing you back here often this summer.
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Continue reading: "Weather Snob Monthly Round-Up -- June 2011"
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June 30, 2011
At our Weather Snob workstation, we are officially experiencing "extreme drought conditions", one reason we recommend rain barrels. Elsewhere people and animals are enduring wildfires, tornadoes, floods, and severe thunderstorms.
Whether this strangeness can be attributed to global warming of human intervention or climate change outside of human control, it is strangely different these days. Check out forty-seven fabulous and frightening photos on the subject at Is weather becoming more extreme? |The Big Picture | Boston.com.
Read More in: Emergency Weather | Global Warming/Climate Change | Yard and Garden
June 29, 2011
After all the weird weather this past spring, we are hoping summer calms down a bit. The frenzied tornado activity, even as far north as Springfield, MA, was among the weirdest, not to mention the saddest.
Smaller, less dramatic tornadoes can crop up during any severe storm, including hurricanes. A safe room (see instructions here) or the basement is still the best place to seek refuge upon hearing a tornado warning, if you have one that is. If not, seek shelter in your bathtub during a tornado, advise the good folks over at Accuweather.
The bathroom has strong framing and the pipes in the walls could help hold them together. The bathtub and toilet are directly anchored to the ground (unless your bathtub is the old claw-footed style). They are often the only things left intact after a tornado passes. Once in the bathtub, cover yourself with a couch cushion to help protect you from falling and flying debris. And be sure to remember to grab your Voyager Solar/Dynamo Emergency Radio that has all the features you will need in an emergency weather situation.
For more on tornadoes, check out these Tornado Video Classics.
Read More in: Emergency Weather | How-To Emergency | NOAA Radios
June 28, 2011
Sunglasses are a must-have now that summer is here. Many of us wear them year-round, so a good fit is important. On the Runway | New York Times offers guidelines for getting it right, having learned that your individual features, lifestyle and your taste in fashion often matter more than face shape. Here are 3 tips:
1. Smile Test: When you smile your frames should not be resting on your cheeks. If they lift up when you smile, they are too large.
2. Choose Contoured Frames: You want to minimize the amount of space between your temple and the edge of the frame.
3. Pay Attention to the Bridge: Too much space between the bridge of your glasses and the bridge of your nose is a sign of poor fit.
Browse styles -- Men's Sunglasses and Women's Sunglasses.
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June 27, 2011
Is the hot weather stressing out your dog? Treat your favorite pooch to a Canine Cooler Thermoregulating Pet Bed for Dogs. This bed will give your dog a constant cool spot this summer, plus cushiony support. And it's toasty warm in cooler weather too for year-round comfort.
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June 24, 2011
Few places in the US endure a summer sun as brutal as the one that beats relentlessly down on South Florida. Keeping your car cool | Sun-Sentinel offers comprehensive advice on how to best maintain your car in the summer heat, and they should know. This useful article covers the roof, under the hood, engine fluids, windows, interior, a/c, and tires. Some basic tips:
Park in the Shade. As the article points out, try to park in the shade as often as you can--easier said than done we know. Your car and your passengers will thank you. It can lower interior temperatures by as much as 40 degrees.
Children and Pets. Your parked vehicle will start to heat up in as little as 3 minutes. It's not safe to leave a child or a pet in your car while you just run in the store for a few minutes. In 10 minutes, the interior temperatures may rise as much as 20 degrees even with the windows cracked and feel like an oven.
Air Conditioning. Instead of instantly turning up the A/C full blast on "cold", try rolling down the windows when you first get going to air out the intense heat of the car.
Auto Finish. We did our homework, and this is what we use on our vehicles. Meguiar's NXT Generation Tech Wax protects your auto's finish against UV damage. It provides a sharp, wet-look shine and eliminates fine scratches and swirls.
Read More in: General News | How-To Emergency | Solar Radiation
June 23, 2011
Many of us live in areas subject to dangerous, destructive extreme winds generated by hurricanes and tornadoes and worry about the risky of injury to ourselves, our loved ones and our animals.
FEMA issues a publication, FEMA 320 - Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business, that will help you decide how best to provide "near-absolute protection" for yourself, your family, or employees:
Near-absolute protection means that, based on our current knowledge of tornadoes and hurricanes, there is a very high probability that the occupants of a safe room built according to this guidance will avoid injury or death.
FEMA provides a free manual, Safe Room Construction Plans and Specifications
, which provides safe room designs that will show you and your builder/contractor how to construct a safe room inside and outside your home or small business. Download it from the site
or order a hard copy or CD-ROM from the FEMA Distribution Center.
Graphic: Photographic Poster Print by John Dominis, Residents Trying Out Newly Built Community Storm Shelter, After Tornado Devastated the Area
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June 22, 2011
Having trouble with the heat at night? Even air-conditioned houses can be stuffy. This Always Cool Pillow actively regulates the temperature around your head and face. It absorbs excess heat from you when you are hot, so you have a comfy pillow temp every time you lay down your head. The pillow is covered with a fabric developed for NASA to help astronauts adapt to extreme temperature fluctuations.
At Hammacher Schlemmer and Amazon
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