15 Weather Gadgets And Tools To Enhance Your Weather Experience And Brighten Up Your Study Or Room
Yes, you take your passion for all things weather very seriously. But sometimes you are looking for something weather related you just enjoy using, love looking at, or just need to enhance the look of your study, bedroom or lounge.
Well, that is exactly what this post is all about. We are having a look at just about everything weather related. From a "simple map" to a comprehensive weather station setup (and everything in between), I included a bit of everything.
As a result, I put together a collection of 15 weather related items, simple and complex, cheap and expensive, as well as fragile and robust. Somewhere in this mixed bunch I am sure you will find something you didn't even know even existed. (I know I didn't.)
Enjoy browsing through this interesting list...
1) Del Milan 3 in 1 Classic Weather Station
If like me, you enjoy the classic and timeless look of "old" weather meters used during the early years of home weather monitoring, you will really find the Del Milan Weather Station irresistible.
Perfect to be hanged in you study, studio, or in any space for that matter will definitely add a touch of class to the room. But if you think it's just a beautiful ornament to brighten up your living space, you are sorely mistaken...
This is a fully functioning weather station. It features a barometer, thermometer and hygrometer for measuring air pressure, temperature and humidity respectively.
With a very solid built quality and classy finish in teak wood, this is one addition to your weather collection that will never go out of fashion.
Get more information and pricing on the Del Milan 3 in 1 Classic Weather Station here.
2) ThermoPro TP55 Indoor Thermometer
When you're a desktop computer enthusiast, there is no such thing as having enough memory. If you're a fashion conscious model, you can never enough shoes. Similarly, for some weather enthusiasts, they can have never have enough weather stations.
I know, I am just generalising here. Besides, it is a bit impractical to have weather station in every room. (Not to mention the unnecessary amount of cables, radio signals, and having to make sense of all the data you receive from each device.)
Still, even if you only have one primary weather station you use to gather and process all your weather data, it's always nice to have something nearby to display your immediate surroundings' atmospheric conditions.
The little ThermoPro TP55 Indoor Thermometer does that. This inexpensive and compact weather station can sit comfortably in the corner of your desk.
With an easy-to-read and informative display, it keeps you updated at all times of all the important weather conditions by just quickly glancing at it.
If you want to find out more about this handy little indoor weather station, I cover it in more detail in this post.
3) Meteorology Manual: The Practical Guide to the Weather
As much of we would like to think so, even the most experienced "weather expert" among us don't know everything. If you are a newbie in the world of weather, this handy book will be invaluable to help you learn all the workings of the weather and all its variables.
It covers all the major weather systems, terminologies and how everything is working with, or against each other.
It is also packed with illustrations to make everything easy to understand. Each of the 174 pages are filled with valuable information.
It is not the "Ultimate Guide", covering every single detail of the weather and all its workings in the finest detail by any means.
Still, it is quite a comprehensive guide to our weather and climate, from explaining something as simple as simple as barometric pressure, to describing the Coriolis Effect and its circulation around the world.
Don't be fooled into thinking this book is just for beginners though. It serves as a handy reference guide for any weather enthusiast to keep nearby to look up some forgotten term, or explain a certain cloud system you haven't seen before.
Get more information and pricing on the Meteorology Manual here.
4) Ambient Weather WS-208T 9" Brushed Aluminum Thermometer
Well, to be honest... Because it just looks so classy and beautiful. Yes, it may be a personal and a biased opinion. but I am sure many of you will agree that this 9 inch thermometer with its metallic bezel and radiant blue background, really is an eye-catching instrument.
And far from just being ornamental, the WS-208T is a fully functional thermometer. After all, this simple thermometer is made by the same company known for their accurate and highly regarded basic & advanced electronic weather stations.
Off-course you can get a multifunction weather meter for the same price (or just as accurate a thermometer as the WS-208T ten times smaller if you like), but that is hardly the point of this thermometer.
If you want something to brighten up and add some class to your surroundings, the WS-208T may just be the perfect addition to your study or den.
Get more information and pricing on the Ambient Weather WS-208T 9" Thermometer here.
5) AcuRite 00795A2 Galileo Thermometer with Glass Globe Barometer
Similarly to the Ambient WS-208T discussed in the previous section, the AcuRite Galileo Thermometer serves a dual purpose, also with emphasis on the ornamental side.
As the name suggests, this thermometer-barometer combination is based on the principles and techniques used by Galileo Galilei, the famous Italian inventor, astronomer and physicist who revolutionized the way we look at astronomy & science in the 1600's
If you are a fan of this visionary man, often called the "father of observational astronomy" and the "father of modern science", then you will love this weather device.
The thermometer comes in a cylindrical shape, while the barometer is shaped like a globe with a map of the world etched into the glass service.
The thermometer is filled with colorful liquid-filled spheres that ascend and descends, depending on the types of changes in atmospheric conditions. The barometer is filled with a blue liquid (also called a storm glass, or Goethe barometer), that changes in height to correspond with changes in barometric pressure.
Mounted on a wooden stand, this thermometer-barometer device will liven up your desk space, without taking up unnecessary space. (An is surprisingly accurate as well!)
Get more information and pricing on the AcuRite 00795A2 Galileo here.
6) La Crosse Technology WT-3161WH 16 Inch Stainless Steel Atomic Clock
Many of us are very finicky about time. Being on time has become an obsession for many individuals and companies. So much so, that people's character are being judged to a large extend by their ability to keep time.
Well, if you are willing to settle for a clock that lose a second every 138 million years, the La Crosse WT-3161WH will be good enough to satisfy your needs.
As the name suggests, it is an atomic clock, the most accurate type of clock in the world, which keeps time so accurately, that it is measured to loose only one second every 138 million years, as already mentioned.
It still use the "old" quartz technology now standard in millions of watches. It is kept accurate though, by running an electrical current through an atom (normally caesium-133), and use its oscillations to adjust and keep the clock accurate.
Being an atomic clock, the La Crosse clock will automatically keep accurate time and automatically correct any deviation from the correct time.
So, if you are looking for a good-looking wall clock that you can put up and literally forget about, knowing it will always show you the correct time, then look no further than the Crosse WT-3161WH atomic clock.
Get more information and pricing on the La Crosse Technology WT-3161WH Atomic Clock here.
7) Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know
I know I am venturing into dangerous territory by just mentioning the subject, as this a very controversial subject, with some of the most extreme opposite views I ever encountered.
But, having said that, if people are looking for a reason to criticize and attack you, they will find one. No matter how carefully you tread.
I believe if you really want to be a true and unbiased weather enthusiast, you would want to arm yourself with as much accurate information as possible.
When it comes to client change, I believe this book will give you the most unbiased and factual information about this very real growing global problem.
Well, if you are willing to take the red pill and see how deep the red rabbit hole really goes, I can recommend you take a serious look at this informative and sobering book.
Get more information and pricing on "Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know" here.
8) Kestrel 5500 Pocket Weather Meter
If you're the guy or girl who love hiking and camping or just being out in nature for love periods of time, you will absolutely fall in love with this tool.
What you get, is literally a complete weather station that can fit into you pocket. 14 Atmospheric variables can be measured, including temperature, humidity, wind speed & direction, as well as barometric pressure.
Additional features like a digital compass and altimeter meter makes this a very useful tool for those of you planning on taking a trip into the unknown.
Needless to say, since this device is meant to be used in challenging conditions, it is both shockproof (MIL-STD-810G) and waterproof (IP67).
The impeller (for wind speed) is one part of the device that can be prone to damage, but a cover that can quickly slide out and back in place, provides ample protection.
A backlit display makes using the Kestrel easy in low-light conditions. Despite all these functions, the Kestrel 5500 is powered by a single AA battery. With a superior lithium battery, this pocket-sized device can run for up to 400 hours.
I can go on and on about this fascinating "Leatherman" of compact weather devices, but you get the general idea.
Get more information and pricing on the Kestrel 5500 Pocket Weather Meter here.
9) Advantus 12 Inch Desktop World Globe
You can literally find a map of the world online by just a few clicks of a button. The smallest and least known town anywhere in the world is now ridiculously easy to find.
Yet, when weather systems or specific wind patterns in certain parts of the world are discussed, it feels a little abstract to us and we sometimes get a sense of being disconnected.
It's simply because looking at a map on a screen or piece of paper, doesn't really help you to get a proper idea and feeling of where in the world a weather event is taking place and its context on the larger global scale.
Having an actual physical representation of the world in the form of an accurate rotating globe, helps you to form a much clearer idea of exactly where a weather event is taking place, and everything just starts to make a little more sense and becomes that much more real to you.
This is exactly what the Advantus 12 Inch Desktop World Globe does for you. Quickly finding a location on the globe, and then rotating and tilting it in specific directions to follow a weather event or movement, will sometimes explain a specific topic or principle in better detail than any amount of words ever can.
The 12 inch map shows you all the countries in the word, including all major regions and major cities. With the equator clearly indicated, raised relief (for accurately depiction mountainous and other raised terrain), and including latitude and longitude indicators, make the experience that much enjoyable and easy for you to use.
At 12 inches in diameter, it is big enough without taking up too much space. Sturdily build and standing on a solid base, this globe will also last you a lifetime.
I honestly cannot imagine any true geography or weather enthu this siast without the assistance of globe in their office or study to help then orientate themselves every once in a while. (And yes, it adds to the look and feel of your environment as well.)
Get more information and pricing on the Advantus 12 Inch Desktop World Globe here.
10) Del Milan Banjo Barometer, Thermometer, Hygrometer, Carbon Fiber Finish
Very much the same as the Del Milan 3 in 1 Classic Weather Station mentioned in the beginning of this post, this classically shaped weather meter is just another take on the weather meters used during the early years of weather monitoring.
I am sure you will agree that this particular interpretation and shape, makes this weather station especially appealing. Finished in stunning carbon fibre, this instrument will stand out in any location.
As an alternative (or addition) to the first Del Milan mentioned in this post, you cannot go wrong with this classy weather station.
Get more information and pricing on the Del Milan Banjo here.
11) Climate Maps (Map It!)
This is one for the slightly more advanced weather enthusiast. As you advance through your weather journey, learn more about all the aspects of climate and change, yo're are going to come across climate maps at some point.
At this stage you may or may not already know what they are, but do you know how to read and understand them?
This guide takes you through the whole process, from explaining what exactly climate maps are, to understand and correctly use them. (It even includes information on using a legend and compass rose to assist you in the process.)
Get more information and pricing on the Climate Maps (Map It!) here.
12) Ambient Weather WS-2902A Osprey Wireless Weather Station
When you start out as a beginner weather enthusiast, a small indoor weather station will be more than adequate to get your feet wet and learn the weather basics.
As you advance and get more knowledgeable, your needs will outgrow the capabilities of your "starter" system in time.
When you start looking at something to replace your basic weather station with a more advanced one. But also one that can potentially last you for a much longer time, as your investment will be substantially bigger.
Recently I went through this process, and after some extensive research, I invested in the Ambient Weather WS-2902A Osprey Weather Station. I am happy to report that I am very satisfied with my purchase (although months after my purchase I haven't even made use of almost half the functions available on this weather station.)
It definitely is not the only worthwhile and quality advanced weather station available, but one I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone looking for an advanced weather station.
You can view my full report on the Ambient Weather WS-2902A Weather Station here.
13) CAT S41 Rugged Waterproof Smartphone
If you plan to be a storm chaser, or just spend extended periods of time out in nature, you would want a communication device, specifically a cell phone, that will be able to withstand everything that nature can throw at it.
And cell phones come no tougher than the CAT S41. This rugged smartphone was designed from the ground up survive the most severe conditions it can be subjected to. Needless to say this is not the cheapest Android phone on the market.
However, this is not the type of phone you are going to replace every 2 years, and taking all the features it packs into consideration, this makes it a very worthwhile investment.
Some of the features include:
- Military Standard Shock And Drop Proof Up To 1.8 meters (6 feet)
- Battery Standby Time Of Up To 44 Hours (Talk Time Around 38 Hours)
- Waterproof Up To 2 meters (6.5 Feet)
- 5 Inch Full Hd Scratch Proof Gorilla Glass
- Bright Display Can Be Read In Direct Sunlight
- Internal Storage Upgradable To 2Tb
Obviously this phone is not for everyone, but if you are a serious outdoor enthusiast, this may be just the kind of reliability and security you are looking for.
Get more information and pricing on the CAT S41 Rugged Waterproof Smartphone here.
14) Weather Map Handbook, 3rd ed.
This guide is one for the beginner, as well as the advanced weather enthusiast or even the professional meteorologist.
At some point many of us are going to have to learn to read weather maps and charts. And not just the simple ones we see on television and online weather reports.
Detailed meteorological charts my look like a some weird kind of hieroglyphic collection. If you plan to go far in your pursuit to understand and even pursue a professional career in meteorology, you will need to read and understand these charts at some point.
I realize the vast majority of us will never reach this stage, but for those of you who are serious to learn everything there is to know about all forms of weather maps and charts, this comprehensive encyclopedia covers just about any kind of map/chart created from almost every possible source.
Get more information and pricing on the Weather Map Handbook here.
15) Kaito KA500 Emergency Weather Alert Radio
A very handy, and sometimes necessary & lifesaving piece of kit. This multi-purpose radio is built for hardcore outdoor enthusiasts, especially those who spend long periods of time in the wild, or on the water.
Able to be operated by the 3 different power sources, it can be hand-cranked, solar powered and have a battery backup.
You have access to FM, AM, 2 shortwave, as well as 7 pre-programmed NOAA weather channels (for real-time forecasting in the USA and Canada).
Other accessories include a built-in flashlight, reading light, and red emergency beacon light. It even includes a USB charger for your cell phone or MP3 player.
Naturally, it is fully water-resistant and impact-resistant to deal with all the harsh outdoor conditions it might be subjected to.
Get more information and pricing on the Kaito KA500 Emergency Weather Alert Radio here.
With these 15 products, you now have a variety of choices to choose from. From a purely functional to mainly ornamental need, there is really something for everyone in here.
Some of these products can be considered necessities, while others are just optional extras, while some can be used for ornamental purposes only. All of them serves a function though, so you will be able to find a use for each of them.
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