August 10, 2007, Newsletter Issue #75: Portable Weather Station Safety

Tip of the Week

Who would have thought it might be more dangerous to use your portable weather stations than to go outside in a blizzard? Dangerous, that is, because a portable weather station that doesn't work correctly can leave you unprepared for weatehr changes.

It's dangerously embarrassing to wear a hat and mittens when the day turns out to be sunny.

On a more serious note, if you can't detect ice forming on your walks overnight, you might slip and fall. Or your weather sensor won't tell you when the three comfort zones your monitoring have turned damp because there's a leak in your roof or basement. Some tips for portable care:

* Your weather sensor may be resistant to cold climates, which can exhaust the life of your batteries. Buy lithium-ion batteries designed for cold climates.
--Follow the instructions in your manual about cleaning the casing and the LCD screen.
--Get a radiation-prevention fan that can dispel radiation, which damages portable weather stations.
--Place portable weather stations near heat sinks that absorb radiation.
--Don't expose sensors or consoles to extreme heat or cold. Unless your sensor apparatus is solar-powered, place sensors in cool dry areas. Rain is no problem, since most portable weather stations and hygrometers are waterproof.

Don't risk dangerous embarrassment or severe injury. Take care of your portable weather station and facing a blizzard will seem easy.

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