ISSUE 48  |  The Rural Life

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Weather Buff

November 29, 2012 8:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

Every family has one: the weather buff; and, what would we do without them? Here’s a round-up of gift ideas for the weather watcher (and measurer, and predictor, and reporter) in your life.

N.B.: To make sure we’ve got everyone on your list covered, see all of our gift guides to date in our House Gifts section.

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Above: A Zinc Thermometer from Terrain measures just shy of 20 inches tall. Designed to develop a patina over time, it’s $48. (N.B.: For more, see these outdoor clocks with thermometers.)

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Above: An accessory for the science-minded, the hand blown glass Radiometer (invented in 1873 by Sir WilliamCrookes), is powered solely by the sun. The black vanes absorb light while the silver reflect it, creating a difference in temperature that causes the vanes to turn. The 7.5-inch- tall Radiometer is $42 at Schoolhouse Electric.

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Above: New England craftsman Steve Conant makes rain gauges using techniques developed in the19th century. The Conant Estate Stainless Steel Rain Gauge is 26 inches tall; currently on sale for $47 (regularly $159) at Restoration Hardware. A Conant Estate Brass Rain Gauge is available in brass for $118.17 at Amazon. For the more technically oriented (or those who like to read their gauges from the comfort of the indoors), consider the Oregon Scientific (RGR202) Wireless Weather Station; $44.35 at Amazon.[[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”1965″,”attributes”:{“alt”:”old farmers almanac classic”,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”649″,”width”:”700″}}]]

Above: An age-old weather predictor, the 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac Classic Edition offers facts, practical advice, and entertaining articles. The book is edited by region; $5.99.

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Above: An All-Weather Pocket Memo Notebook from Rite in the Rain features a soft, flexible cover and all-weather paper that sheds water, letting you write in any weather conditions with a pencil or all-weather pen. It measures a compact 3.5 by 5 inches and is $4.25. The Black Metal All-Weather Pen is $10.95.