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If you're like millions of people, the Weather Channel isn't enough: You want to know exactly what the weather is right now, right where you're standing. You want to tinker, tweak, learn about the weather. You could buy some fancy high-tech gizmos, but it's way more fun to build your own weather station -- with Weather Toys.
Many "weather project" books are just for kids. This one's for everyone who's into weather and technology. (No wonder: It's the latest in the ExtremeTech series, home of great books ranging from Linux Toys to Hacking the PSP.)
Author (and aerospace engineer) Tim Bitson first introduces the tools of the trade: temperature sensors (such as thermocouples, thermistors, and semiconductor sensors); devices for measuring humidity and dewpoint; anemometers for measuring wind speed; magnetic, resistive, and optical wind vanes; barometers; and rain gauges.
Next, he presents a practical introduction to 1-Wire technology, and the broad range of 1-Wire modules and sensors you can build, buy, and connect with your PC. While not exactly "plug and play," 1-Wire's become hugely popular with hobbyists, so there's plenty of good software available for it; later in the book, Bitson introduces some of the best.
This book offers nearly 20 real-world projects. You'll start with simple stuff (checking temperature, identifying the presence of lightning nearby). Then, you'll extend your weather station in all directions. Bitson shows how to add a "weather server"; build a smart sprinkler timer that knows when your lawn's already wet; make your weather station portable; even join thousands more hobbyists in uploading data to the national Weather Underground web site. Bill Camarda, from the October 2006 Read Only