(ARIZONA'S WEATHER AUTHORITY) -- Do you have a weather enthusiast on your holiday gift list this year? Why not get them something to celebrate that passion! Here are a few ideas for weather gifts I've given or received and loved.
I use this on my live shots for "Good Morning! Arizona" to tell temperature and wind speeds, but I've been known to pull this out at home on a windy day or on a road trip, too, to take a few measurements (weather nerd alert!). It's a bit pricey, but it's lasted me about 10 years so far with just the occasional replacement of the battery. It's compact and accurate!
Who wouldn't want to know exactly how much rain just fell at their house? Or how strong that wind gust was that just blew down your tree? There are lots of options out there for home weather stations. Some will only tell you the temperature, but this one is a little more comprehensive and also stores weather history for your home weather, as well. I love that you can hook it up online through wunderground.com and log in to check your weather station reports from your phone.
I'm buying this for someone special on my list this year. I've had a few people tell me they found a cheaper version at Costco, but when I went to my local store last week, an employee told me they weren't carrying them anymore because so many had been returned with complaints. So, this is the version I'd recommend. I have this one at my house, and so does Chief Meteorologist Royal Norman.
This looks like a cute little station for the young aspiring meteorologist in your life.
I've never tried the Digital My First Weather Station by HearthSong, but it appears to show the current temperature outside and inside, along with the high and low so far for the day. It also features a digital "weather predictor" that showcases a jacket or umbrella suggestion for the day.
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WEATHER BOOKS FOR KIDS
If your kids are interested in weather, here are a few reading options for learning about meteorology.
Former 3TV Meteorologist Brittney Shipp wrote "The Meteorologist in Me," the tale of a girl named Summer who dreams of becoming a TV meteorologist. She loves to share her passion for weather with the world, and this book is about following your own passion, no matter what others might say to discourage you.
Got any suggestions to add to this list? I'd love to hear them!