Thursday, January 29, 2009

Whither the weather...

No matter what your weather this week, I suspect that you, like me, were glued to the television and the newspaper and the internet, eager for speculation and information about the weather.

My passion for gardening has grown slowly over the years, and as I was getting my education in plants and all things green, I was unwittingly minoring in weather.  

I always have an opinion about the weather forecast, don't you?  

Here in Austin, my typical comment is that the forecasters tend to play Chicken Little and tell us the sky is falling far too often.  I suppose it isn't their fault, they are just guessing, after all.  

To help me with my own forecasting (amateur, though I may be), my husband (also a weather amateur) had outfitted our home and yard with every conceivable gauging and forecasting gadget.

These two babies are in our master bath window and tell me the temps in the house, in the green house, outside, and outside in another location, as well as the humidity in the greenhouse.  LOVE them.
This tells me what it's like on the back porch.
And here's the thermostat in the garage - very important to know, that information!
This is the master gadget.  It reads the temps from 3 different locations (including the garage and the back porch and the cabana) and broadcasts them into the house so I don't have to set foot outside to see what the weather is like!
And this little dude was given to us by my father last Christmas -- it's a rain gauge that does all sorts of other things, too, but my husband would have to post to tell you more than that.  What I can tell you, is that it tells me how much water fell from the sky and I love that!

I'm a weather geek.  I admit it.

Are you?  Are there similar gadgets lurking in your house and garden.  Can you beat 8 components? I dare ya!