Merchandise Monday: For the Weather Fanatic

The unbelievably hot summer we’ve been sweating through here in Chicago has brought with it some very unusual weather, mostly in the form of a drought. In honor of the persistent heat wave, minimal rainfall and generally static weather conditions we’ve seen here lately, we bring you the latest in gadgetry for the weather fanatic. Short of that crazy, tornado-proof vehicle Bill Paxton and Co. drove around in “Twister,” here’s everything you need to forecast tomorrow’s fishing trip or measure the results of last night’s thunderstorm.

AcuRite® Deluxe Wireless Weather Center

Weather the day with confidence right from your own backyard. Using patented Self-Calibrating Technology, this wireless weather center provides your personal forecast of 12- to 24-hour weather conditions. Self-Calibrating Forecasting is generated from weather data measured by a sensor in your yard, giving you the most accurate forecast available for your exact location.

AcuRite® Digital Rain Gauge with Wireless Self-Emptying Rain Collector

Get precise, reliable rainfall measurements with this handy device. The bold, easy-to-read LCD screen displays daily rainfall and records rainfall history, including one rainfall event, one-day or seven days of measurements. The rain gauge includes rain and flood watch alarms, alerting you when rainfall begins and when conditions are right for possible flooding.

AcuRite® Emergency Weather Alert NOAA Radio with S.A.M.E.

Tune in to emergency alerts, storm alerts, tornadoes, floods, disasters, amber alerts and public announcements with the Emergency Weather Alert NOAA Radio. This handy radio is digitally tuned to NOAA Weather Radio (NWR), providing continuous weather information including warnings, watches, forecasts and all hazards 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

AcuRite® Sportsman's Hunting and Fishing Activity Meter and Weather Forecaster

Don't miss out on favorable weather and wildlife conditions! AcuRite®'s Hunting and Fishing Activity Meter predicts wildlife activity levels by combining weather observations with lunar positioning data. AcuRite's patented Self-Calibrating Technology provides your personal forecast of 12- to 24-hour weather conditions. It's more than accurate, it's AcuRite.

WeatherX® AM/FM Weatherband Radio with Lantern and Flashlight

The AM/FM Weatherband Radio with Lantern and Flashlight is exactly what you need for camping or in an emergency. Features include AM/FM radio, 7-channel weatherband, a 5-LED flashlight with blinking function, an 8-LED lantern, an emergency siren and strobe, a 3.5mm audio input for MP3 player or other audio devices and an integrated speaker. Don’t leave home without it!

Are you sufficiently geeked-out over these fantastic new weather products? Do you go out and chase storm clouds in the hopes of seeing some action, or do you prefer to get your weather updates via TV or radio from the comfort of your warm and dry living room? Does the threat of rain spoil your fishing plans, or do you happily venture out undeterred? Tell us your tips and tricks for beating (or joining) crazy weather conditions in the “Comments” section below.