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August 3, 2011

Too Hot to Sleep? Try the Sleep Assisting Cooling Pad

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Having trouble sleeping these hot summer nights? Eliminate those noisy fans and cool yourself off without electrical power or refrigeration. This Sleep Assisting Cooling Pad is a gel-filled pad that works by quickly reducing the surface temperature of your skin to several degrees below the ambient temperature. It continues to absorb your excess body heat for about 45 minutes. Lay this supportive pad on top of your bed or under the sheet.

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August 2, 2011

In August the East Coast Tropical Storm Season Heats Up


A low pressure system moving through the southeastern Caribbean has a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm by today,Tuesday. And so it begins. If you are one of the thousands of Americans planning an east coast vacation or honeymoon, you know that August weather near the Atlantic Ocean can be dicey due to hurricane season.

In June and July storm formation is limited due to strong wind shear and the simple fact that the ocean hasn't really warmed up yet. August is when conditions become optimal for tropical storm and hurricane development, as this fabulous graphic from Eye on the Storm | Palm Beach Post illustrates:


Live in hurricane territory? Prepare yourself with the 2011 Essential Guide to Hurricane Survival, Safety, and Preparedness: Practical Emergency Plans and Protective Measures, Plus Complete Information on Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

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August 1, 2011

Weather Snob Monthly Round-Up -- July 2011


Are you a weather buff? You can follow us daily on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our RSS feed. You can also sign up to receive our weekly email Newsletter.

Can't believe it is already August. We were just watching fireworks! Here's a look back at the weather-related tips, news, gadgets and ways to stay super cool we covered this past July.

Emergency Alert Monitors

Emergency Weather

General News

Global Warming/Climate Change

Home Weather Forecasters

Indoor Outdoor Thermometers

Indoor Weather

Monthly Round-Ups

Oregon Scientific

Pet Gear

Power Generators


Tips and Tricks


Weather Apparel & Gear

Weather Books

Weather Data Services

Weather Gadgets

Weather Software

Yard and Garden

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July 29, 2011

WeatherWear -- Ladies Barbour Flyweight Rose Sapper Jacket To Keep You Dry


Since 1894, J. Barbour & Sons have produced clothes perfectly suited to enjoyment of country life with a commitment to quality and durability. Sylkoil is one of Barbour's oldest and most traditional waxed cottons.

This ladies flyweight Sylkoil-waxed cotton Barbour Flyweight Rose Sapper Jacket is just right to keep you dry during warm-weather showers. The pure cotton lining is in a cheery blooming-rose print from Liberty of London.

Other features of this comfortable jacket include an adjustable drawcord waist, a sturdy two-way zipper with snap storm flap, a soft, lined collar and chin guard, zippered cuffs and four flap-top patch pockets.

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July 28, 2011

NOAA New Climate Normals -- Climatologist Heidi Cullen on the Weather of the Future


As you may have read, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just recalculated its climate "normals," 30-year averages of temperature and precipitation for about 7,500 locations across the United States, a task the agency undertakes every 10 years. The numbers show that the past decade was about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 70s, which raises the 30-year average by roughly one-half degree. Click the image for enlarged version.

According to Heidi Cullen, a scientist at Climate Central, a journalism and research organization, "Even this seemingly modest shift in climate can mean a big change in weather." From Sizzle Factor for a Restless Climate | New York Times:

In other words, that extra 1.5 degrees might be more than we can afford....The snapshots of climate history from NOAA can also provide a glimpse of what's in store locally in the future. Using climate models, we can project what future Julys might look like. For example, by 2050, assuming we continue to pump heat-trapping pollution into our atmosphere at a rate similar to today's, New Yorkers can expect the number of July days exceeding 90 degrees to double, and those exceeding 95 degrees to roughly triple. Sweltering days in excess of 100 degrees, rare now, will become a regular feature of the Big Apple's climate in the 2050s.

cullenweatheroffuture.JPG Ms Cullen is a well-known climatologist and the author of The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet. She predicts global warming scenarios for seven spots around the world over the next 40 years with evaluations of the responses of communities, governments, and international organizations.

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July 27, 2011

Energy Film Glare Control Window Insulating Film -- 98% UV Protection for Your Home


One way to keep your home cool and save on air conditioning energy costs during hot weather is to close your blinds or your heavy curtains to block the sun. If you want to keep your view, Window Film is an inexpensive and easy way to make your home or office more energy efficient while providing UV protection year round.


The film blocks solar heat in the summer and helps retain interior heat in the winter. It is easy to apply and uses no adhesives, adhering on one sticky side.

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July 26, 2011

Heatwave and Drought? First Nature's Niche Waterer and Bird Bath Provides Continual Fresh Water for Backyard Birds


Drought conditions still prevail in a good part of the country. Even if your area is receiving its share of showers, the intense heat will quickly evaporate shallow standing water. Clean, fresh water is essential to attracting and providing for a healthy wild bird population.


A good water source for birds is shallow, less than 3 inches, and easily refreshed. This First Nature's Niche Waterer and Bird Bath has a durable water reservoir that holds over 100 ounces of water, then releases it into four separate drinking pools on demand. As the birds bathe in or consume the water, it's instantly replenished from the reservoir.

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July 25, 2011

Headaches and Migraines -- Are Sufferers More Sensitive to Weather Changes?


Representative Michele Bachmann, who as you know is seeking the US Republican presidential nomination, has recently disclosed that she suffers from intense migraine headaches that necessitate emergency medical treatment.

Did you know that changes in the weather can trigger headaches and migraines for some people? Jerry W. Swanson, M.D.| Mayo Clinic explains these triggers include:

  • Bright sunlight
  • Hot or cold temperatures
  • High humidity
  • Dry air
  • Windy or stormy weather
  • Changes in barometric pressure

Why? "For some people, weather changes may cause imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin, which can prompt a migraine. Weather-related triggers may also worsen a headache that starts from other causes."

Dr Swanson provides tips how to cope:

  • Keep a headache diary, listing each migraine, when it happened, how long it lasted and what could have caused it. This can help you determine if you have specific weather triggers.
  • Monitor weather changes and avoid triggers if at all possible. For example, stay indoors during very cold or windy weather.
  • Take your migraine medication at the first sign of a migraine.
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices -- eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and keep stress under control. These factors can help reduce the number and severity of migraines.

howtheweatheraffectshealth.jpgThe effects that weather sensitivity, climate change, air, heat, cold, solar radiation and violent weather have on us are all presented in How the Weather Affects Your Health by Manfred Kauser, along with preventative and remedial advice on weather-related disorders.

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July 22, 2011

Oregon Scientific WR608 Desktop NOAA Weather Alert Radio


The weather has been so strange recently, we never know what is going to happen. Stay alert and up-to-date on the weather conditions around you, no matter what time of day. The Oregon Scientific WR608 Desktop NOAA receives and displays National Weather Services weather bulletins, alerts, watches, and forecasts, U.S. Emergency All Hazards bulletins, and local Emergency Alert System (EAS) bulletins and warnings 24 hours a day.


The Radio can be programmed to receive information specific to your geographic area and with it you can receive broadcasts for up to nine different local areas. Alerts available in English, French and Spanish with three levels of messages: advisory, watch, and warning. More details at Amazon and Wind and Weathericon

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July 21, 2011

MyWeather Desktop and Mobile App for iPhone and Android


Today's US weather map above indicates that excessive heat warnings and advisories are in effect across much of the country, affecting some 100 million of us.

Weather apps are critically important to anyone outside for an extended period of time, whether working, swimming, hiking, boating, playing sports, walking the dog. An intriguing new free app provides instantly updated weather for all the places that matter to you.


Save as many locations as you'd like: home, vacation and recreational spots, relatives' homes, work sites.


You can also send yourself SMS alerts.



  • Touch the arrow next to any of your locations to view detailed current conditions: heat index/wind chill, dew point, humidity, precipitation amount, pressure (mb or inches), and wind speed/direction.
  • Plan ahead: get the 10-day forecast for any location, with a visual summary of the sky condition, high/low temperature and chance of rain.
  • View the hourly forecast on an easy-to-understand graph, and instantly see the weather trend for your location. Turn your iPhone sideways and the graph fills your screen. Touch any point along the graph to see that hour's forecasted sky condition and temperature.
  • A full-color radar map centers in on your selected location. Turn your iPhone sideways for a full-screen, interactive map. Choose a display mode (road map or terrain view) and see lightning, storm cells, temperatures, wind speed and more. Zoom in and view the weather over your favorite golf course, sports arena, or beach.
  • Want to read about the weather? The News tab gives you national forecast summaries, weather safety tips, and other helpful information.

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