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November 17, 2011

Winter Tires -- Are They Necessary?

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If you see a lot of winter weather where you live and drive, you may wonder if it's necessary to put winter tires on your car, or maybe just get by with a good set of all-season tires. The folks over at Consumer Reports are wondering the same thing, and the answer is...it depends.

Even if your vehicle has all-wheel drive, winter tires deliver better stopping grip on snow and ice than most all-season tires. They are the right choice if you commonly drive in wintry weather, or if you just want a greater piece of mind.

On the other hand, if you live in an area with infrequent winter weather or can wait for the roads to be cleared after a storm before heading out, all-season tires are a better choice.

At Winter Tires

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November 16, 2011

Duracell Powerpack 600 Jump Starter and Emergency Power Source with Radio

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Stay connected the next time an ice storm or strong winds knock out your electricity. The heavy-duty Duracell Powerpack 600 is a robust stand-alone battery-based power source. In emergency situations it will charge your cordless and cellular phones, power emergency lights, a 13" TV and radios, jump-start vehicles and run your home security system.

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The Duracell Powerpack 600 can provide plentiful power for emergency backup work and recreation. It can run many popular electronics, small appliances and power tools. A multitude of safety and emergency features assures safe, simple "plug and play" operation, even when used by people who possess only basic technical knowledge.

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November 15, 2011

K&H Thermo-Kitty Heated Cat Bed

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As the weather gets chilly, we snuggle under the covers at night to stay warm. Make sure your pets have a cozy spot to snooze, too. This affordable Thermo-Kitty Heated Cat Bed warms the bed 10 to 15 degrees above air temperature to match your cat's normal body temperature.

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The Cat Bed uses a 4-watt dual-thermostat unit buried inside the thick, soft, orthopedic foam base. The cover is removable for easy machine washing.

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November 14, 2011

DeLorme inReach Two-Way Satellite Communicator

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Stay connected from anywhere and add reliable communication to all your favorite activities. The DeLorme inReach Two-Way Satellite Communicator is a rugged, waterproof communication lifeline. By itself, it can send pre-loaded text messages and SOS alerts (with delivery confirmation), and enable remote tracking, all via pushbutton.

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When paired an Android smartphone or tablet, you enable the inReach's exclusive 2-way satellite messaging. Stay in touch with home, office, or colleagues in the field, and get help if you need it, in all the places where cell phones and one-way satellite messengers can't get a signal.

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November 11, 2011

The Old Farmer's Almanac 2012 and Weather-Only Kindle Edition

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Many of us wouldn't feel comfortable starting a new year without our latest edition Farmer's Almanac. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2012 will feature weather predictions for every day and climatic trends for each season, plus the science behind weather folklore. You will find accurate astronomical data along with best-viewing recommendations for every month.

Other non-weather-specific perks are gardening advice, Dutch oven recipes, headache remedies, plus ideas, hints, and charts that provide simple solutions and shortcuts for everyday challenges.

You can also get 16 months of long-range weather predictions in the weather-only edition of the almanac on your Kindle. The Farmers' Almanac 2012 U.S. Weather Edition includes a weather overview for 2012, detailed forecasts for September 2011 through December 2012, average frost dates for nearly 200 U.S. cities, and peak fall foliage dates for the continental U.S.


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November 10, 2011

Weather 2012 Wall Calendar with Daily Weather Trivia

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No matter what the weather, it is rarely boring. This Weather 2012 wall calendar features striking images by world-renowned photographers of a range of atmospheric conditions -- from a dark horizon fractured by lightning to the terrifying funnel cloud of a tornado. These 12 unforgettable photographs are accompanied by 365 intriguing weather facts.

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November 9, 2011

Holiday Gift Pick -- Collegiate Weather Station

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Show your school spirit while keeping tabs on the weather. This Collegiate Weather Stationicon is a great gift idea for students and alumni. It displays indoor temp and humidity, shows forecast icons and includes a clock with an alarm function and calendar. Available styles:

  • University of Alabama
  • Auburn University
  • Clemson University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas
  • Virginia Tech University

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November 8, 2011

Holiday Gift Pick -- Snow Wolf Wheeled Snow Shovel

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Shoveling snow requires a lot of effort and carries a serious risk of injury. This popular Snow Wolf Wheeled Snow Shovel can throw snow without twisting or lifting and provides a fast and safe alternative to shoveling. Anyone can use the wheeled shovel since it is fully adjustable for body type and size.

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The Snow Wolf outperforms many snow blowers and is environmentally clean, quiet, and maintenance-free. It stores easily and can hang flat on the wall like a shovel.

Read More in: Emergency Supplies | Weather GPS | Yard and Garden

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November 7, 2011

Snowflake Panoramic Motion Projector

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If you want to have a white Christmas this year, or simply long for some wintery atmosphere, place this projector on your front lawn, aim it at your house, and let the show begin. Beautiful snowflakes of light shimmer and shine as they "fall" to the ground.

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You can use this projector to make fun holiday displays year-round. The set includes nine more interchangeable image wheels for Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, Halloween, July 4th and birthday celebrations.

Available now at Wind & Weather and use code LNK499WW to receive $4.99 Flat Rate Shipping on All Orders and at Plow & Hearth where you can use code LNK499PH to also receive $4.99 Flat Rate Shipping on All Orders.

Read More in: Holiday Weather | Yard and Garden

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November 4, 2011

Holiday Gift Pick -- Polyfleece Fingerless Gloves For Men And Women

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So often our winter gloves are too bulky when we need some finger dexterity, but it can be bitterly cold without them. Fingerless Glovesicon are worn by smartphone and computer users, sports enthusiasts, motorcyclists and drivers. They keep our hands warm and our fingers free.

Made of machine-washable cozy polyfleece, they're incredibly warm, soft, and convenient. Available in Women's Black, Camel, Gray, and Red or Men's Black, Gray

Read More in: Holiday Weather | Weather Apparel & Gear

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