In places like Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas, peak temperatures each year will be hotter than the 120s one now finds in Death Valley, and three quarters of the globe’s population will be “exposed to deadly heat more than 20 days per year.” In New York, the number will be fifty days; in Jakarta, 365. A “belt of uninhabitability” will run through the Middle East, most of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and eastern China; expanding deserts will consume whole countries “from Iraq to Botswana.”130 Degrees, Bill McKibbin, NYMag
Via the excellent Adventure Journal, McKibbin’s essay is gripping, terrifying and must-read. Please. There is very little time.
Backyard weather station
I love sensors. Measure all the things! Home power generation/consumption, air quality, CO2, airplanes flying overhead, infrared, ultraviolet, RF… yah.
So here’s the latest, which I’m immediately adding to the “you should buy” list:
That’s the WeatherFlow Tempest Weather System, and it’s awesome. Briefly:
- Smartphone and web-based displays
- Simple network protocol, so there’s lots of open source to capture data
- Innovative, clever sensors – ultrasonics for wind speed and direction, piezo for rainfall. No moving parts!
- Solar powered
- Works with or without the internet
- Also has cool stuff like a lightning sensor (useless in San Diego)
- Calibrated to lux and watts per square meter
- Reports UV levels too
- Precise temp/humidity of course.
Here’s a picture from the vendor:
Basically a does-everything solution. I found it via this TechHive review and got one ordered. It took a few weeks to arrive, but having just installed it, like I say, I’m already a fan. You have to pay more ($329) for the better tech, but having bought and had fail any number of $50 to $100 ‘weather stations,’ I’m ready to buy it once and enjoy it.
You can see my data right here on the web. Buy your own from the vendor here.