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September 15, 2011

WeatherWise: Will the Recent Extreme Weather Spoil Fall Foliage?

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The USA experienced one of the driest July months on record followed by a drenching in late August. Will the recent extreme weather spoil the much anticipated fall foliage? Penn State's fall foliage expert Dr. Marc Abrams doesn't think so.

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Dr Abrams is a professor of Forest Ecology in the School of Agriculture and began studying 25 years ago to determine the particular weather conditions that successfully result in gorgeous foliage. He explains at Fear Not, Recent Extreme Weather No Spoiler for Fall Foliage | AccuWeather:

"Really, one of the most important things is what happens in the end of September and the first two weeks of October," Abrams said.

Cool, crisp temperatures are the key for brightly colored leaves. In those weeks, nighttime temperatures hopefully fall into low 30s and 40s with bright sunny days and dry weather.

But great leaves this fall aren't a sure thing. If the weather stays warm and wet, "that will be a problem. [The leaves] won't go into their normal coloration."

The leaves are brightest when the cool weather starts at the end of September. If the cooldown starts in late October instead, Abrams says that the colors aren't as vibrant.

Planning a trip? The Colors of Fall Road Trip Guide [above] by Jerry and Marcy Monkman details 25 of the best scenic tours during fall foliage season in New England. Available in Kindle and Paperback.

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September 14, 2011

Flying Witch Weathervane

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Weatherbuffs can ward off any evil blowing in the wind on Halloween with this Windblown Wicked Witch Metal Weathervane. It features stylized directionals and a hand-crafted, rust-resistant aluminum weathervane with black satin-finish. Choose either the Rooftop Mount or the Garden Stake version.

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September 13, 2011

Nor'easter Wind Speed Meter by Maximum

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Weather forecasters on TV and the internet will provide the wind speed for your general locale, but what's pertinent is how hard the wind is blowing at your house. Is it a blizzard, a tropical storm or a stiff breeze?

This simple Nor'eastericon wind meter by Maximum will measure within a wind speed range of 0 to 200 mph with an accuracy of ± 3%. Includes 60' cable, rooftop sensor, and mounting hardware. And it won't stop if you lose your power as it runs on one 9-volt battery, not included.

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September 12, 2011

WeatherWear -- New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady Endorses UGG Boots for Winter Weather

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Tonight at 7 pm EDT the New England Patriots open their football season against the Miami Dolphins, televised as week one of ESPN's Monday Night Football. Not only is tonight the debut of the 2011 season of Monday Night Football, but a commercial is breaking new ground as well.


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The Patriots' photogenic quarterback Tom Brady will be showcasing five pairs of masculine, rugged footwear for winter wear in that first commercial, none other than the popular UGG Australia Classic Boots. According to the WSJ, Brady was introduced to the line by his three sisters: "The warm boots are perfect during the cold New England winters."

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September 9, 2011

UCO Stormproof Emergency Matches

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These UCO Stormproof Matches are completely stormproof--they will burn in spite of wind, rain or cold and even underwater. Each match burns for about 15 seconds. Extra strikers are included.

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Keep them in the waterproof UCO Stormproof Match Case Kit which holds 25 matches as well as spare strikers. An integrated striker is attached on the side of the Match Kit and can be replaced when worn out.

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September 8, 2011

Joby Gorillatorch Switchback Versatile Emergency Light Source

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If the power goes out in due to weather or any other emergency, use this affordable Joby Gorillatorch Switchback as a versatile light source. It transforms from a from a high-performance headlamp to a traditional campsite lantern to hanging dome lamp

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It has 5 powerful LEDs, including flood lights and red for night vision. Also convenient for outdoor excursions--camping, hiking or wherever your hobbies may take you.

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September 7, 2011

Watering Can Copper Rain Chain for Rainy Weather

Here's a good-looking alternative to a downspout. The Watering Can Copper Rain Chain takes its inspiration from an ancient Japanese design and will create visual and audible interest around your house on rainy days.

Five miniature copper watering cans link together with 3 sections of copper chain. As you direct the rain water off your roof and down the decorative chain, you can let it run into the ground or collect it for recycling in a rain barrelicon.

Save $15 off your purchase of $75 or more. Use code PHLNK15 at checkout.

Read More in: Rain Gauges | Yard and Garden

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September 6, 2011

Never Be Without Clean Water -- WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage

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One serious concern among many in a weather emergency such as a hurricane or tornado is finding your household with dangerously contaminated water. This WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage system enables you to store an amazing 100 gallons of clean, safe water or other liquid.

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The affordable WaterBOB bladder is manufactured from FDA food grade plastic and includes a siphon pump to allow you to dispense the water as you need it. Every home should have one of these in their emergency kit.

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September 5, 2011

WeatherWear: Raincatch Water Purification Raincoat

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Some among us predict shortages of clean drinking water on the planet Earth in the not-so-distant future. The Raincatch, designed by CIID students Hyeona Yang and Joshua Noble, is a raincoat that collects and purifies rain water. The collar of the coat captures the rain which is then passed through charcoal filters and a chemical purification system. Voila, drinkable water, which is stored around the shoulders and pockets of the coat.

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Read More in: Global Warming/Climate Change | Weather Apparel & Gear

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September 2, 2011

WeatherWear: Red Plaid and Black Buffalo Print Reversible Cozy Coat Dog Jacket for Fall

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Keep your pup toasty this fall wearing this stylish Red Plaid and Black Buffalo Print Reversible Cozy Coat Dog Jacket. It is made from warm fleece with a cute perky collar. The jacket slips on easily and has a Velcro fastening around the waist to create the perfect fit. The reversible design enables you to turn it inside out to get two coats in one. Machine washable.
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