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Weather on the Web

It's time to break out the weather gear. Not raincoats or umbrellas, but electronics for those who love to keep up with the Tampa Bay area's sometimes tumultuous weather. Here are a few gadgets we found while rambling around the Web:

By DAVE GUSSOW

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 7, 1999


It's time to break out the weather gear. Not raincoats or umbrellas, but electronics for those who love to keep up with the Tampa Bay area's sometimes tumultuous weather. Here are a few gadgets we found while rambling around the Web:

Forecasts R U

No time for TV, radio or newspapers to get your forecast? No problem. Just set up a weather station at your house. The Complete Home Weather Station by Oregon Scientific (www.oregonscientific.com/wm918.html) should do the trick. It has a desktop control with a liquid-crystal display (icons show the forecast). Accessories include a thermohygrometer for outdoor temperatures and humidity, an anemometer with wind vane for speed and direction, and a self-emptying electronic rain gauge. It promises forecasts that are 75 percent accurate for a 30-mile area. All yours for about $400.

A forecast -- and a club, too!

Davis Instruments (www.davisnet.com) offers wireless products that can keep you in touch with weather information up to 400 feet from the sensors. For example, the $495 Weather Monitor II gives the temperature, humidity, rainfall, barometric pressure and wind speed and direction. You can oin the Davis Weather Club and receive its online newsletter.

On a lighter budget

Shopping for the perfect gift for the weather fascinated? Check out these ideas from www.weathershop.com (which also sells the previously mentioned items): a forecast clock/thermometer, $55; desktop weather alert/alarm clock (which receives severe weather warnings), $45; or a Jumbo Indoor/Outdoor Weather Thermometer with built-in weather forecaster, $45.

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