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Tech Wiz on Weather Stations…

I am a weather geek and have been for many years. I have had some different weather stations over the years. The first was an outdoor Oregon Scientific. I also had a weather alert radio from Oregon scientific. Here is a link to my daily recap or time-lapse video of the weather over my house. By the way, you can view hurricane impacts on the Bloomsky.com website as well. There are some Bloomsky systems in North Carolina.  The other side of why a weather station at your house is interesting. It is more than simply something I’ve been doing for years. Knowing what the weather is doing where you are is a very valuable tool. Boaters always want to know what the weather is.

But so do people that want to host an outdoor party. Or (a wedding) you want to know what the weather might be, and then will be. That way you can react accordingly to the weather. The difference between having a great wedding (such as my nieces last weekend) and a bad weekend is the difference between 40 umbrellas by prepared guests, and 2 to be shared amongst 100 people. Sharing can be fun, but when you only have two umbrellas for 100 people, it takes a long time to traverse the wet areas. What you don’t know will impact you. Well at least from a weather perspective if you are not careful. Of course, you do have to consider the source for information, and in my case, I am a weather geek.

The other thing that having a weather station helps you better understand is the flow of weather. We have a dog (Raven) that is terrified of Thunder Storms. Because of the Bloomsky Micro-Weather system, I can tell where the thunderstorms are so that we can support Raven. She is a lot better now about storms than she was a few years ago. But she is clearly terrified. Taking her to my office (and my chair, yes Raven it is my chair) is a start. If we get there early and get the music on, she soothes pretty quickly. Either way, she is so much better than she used to be (running around the house in terror). Now she and her brother Dylan hide in my office. It is important to know when storms are coming!

  • Do you watch the weather forecast every day?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you ever been around a dog terrified of thunder?

    • Yes
    • No

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I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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Tech Wiz on weather stations…

Yesterday, for those folks using the western calendar was the last day of June. It was a hot day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsb-1TWMg4o if you want to see the time-lapse of the temperature. One of the things that are always interesting to me is the reality of weather stations. To have a clear view of the sky (required if your goal is a time-lapse video of the day), you have to have a station that is in the sunlight. You will notice for example around 3 pm, or so, when the sun passes to the other side of the house, the temperature drops roughly 5 degrees. It happens in 1 second on the video, and it happens nearly as fast in reality as well.

You see, the direct sunlight heats the station up more than the indirect sunlight passing over the house. Sometimes you will hear weather forecasters talk about in the shade and the sun temperatures. Directly in the sunlight without shade is always a little bit warmer than in the shade is. My fun weather station fact of the day. It is why my NetATMO has its outdoor module hidden in the shade a little. That way I get them in the sun temperature, and the actual air temperature. All of this because today is the first legitimate day of Joly. It is also the first day in the DC area where we are expecting 100 degrees. Not in the sunlight as you will see in the time-lapse above.

100-degree air temperature.

We will probably get 10, 12 more days like that this summer. The first one is always the hardest. Luckily we will be traveling all day. The joy of our mini-van is that it has air conditioning. It does make me feel sorry for everyone that has to be outdoors for their job today. Throughout most of the Eastern US, it is not a day to have to be outside. So for those that have to be outside, thank you! You can subscribe to my snarky weather forecast at the link above as well!

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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