I don’t know about you, but for us, knowing the temperature outside is important. When we first moved to Portland, we went to the Oregon Scientific store and bought one of these, and we consult it at least a couple of times a day, every day. More often this last week when we needed to know if it was above or below freezing.
It has a unit that attaches outside (ours is under the eve on the NE corner of the house), and the unit shown that we have on our kitchen island. During especially hot or cold weather it’s really good to know the temperature and humidity.
There are options to show in or outdoor humidity, date/time format, forecast or other readings.
We wouldn’t be without one of these!
As a child I don’t think I ever paid too much attention to the actual temperature. It was hot, or it was cold, or it was just right (Goldilocks anyone?), but we were expected to get outdoors at times regardless to stop driving our parents crazy. As an adult, I check the temperature constantly. I look at the digital thermostat to see what it says it is outside (usually several times a day), I look at my weather app on my phone, and I look up the National Weather Service site at least once a day, if not more, at work. I’m obsessed with the temperature. I think that obsession grows every time the numbers indicate that it might be one way, and then you go outside and it is either worse, better or just what you expected. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve ran or walked in temperatures that read in the 20’s and 30’s but because of the sunshine and lack of wind, it felt wonderful. I’ve also been out when it is in the upper 50’s and felt like it was freezing. I guess I find the whole thing fascinating because of the way it informs my choices about dress, layering, and when/if I’m going to build in any outdoor physical exercise/activity.
We use the temperature to decide when and where to walk, plant in the garden, sometimes stay in or go out and other things. It’s just nice to know what the temp is, in spite of the fact, as you point out, we can just go out and decide between cold, hot or just right.
This looks great! I’m going to buy one! Thanks for the suggestion!
There are other brands if this one isn’t easily available. There are also other models that show additional readings. Enjoy! Ours has been reliable and accurate.
we’ve got a gauge on the back porch but I hardly ever check it. Unless it’s getting close to freezing.
I’m guessing that 82 is just wishful thinking at the moment, but it was almost that warm when we arrived here yesterday. Looks like we’ll be around 80 until Monday.
That’s just the picture on Amazon, Jeff. It’s 44 here right now, and very windy. You’d never know it had snowed, at least looking out from our house.
Oh, and if I had a house I might get one too. Looks cool. And if you don’t mind saying, how much does it cost?
It’s about $70 for this one on Amazon. Ours is an older model, and bought in 2010, and I think we paid about $40.
I wouldn’t have any use for it, but it seems to benefit you guys.
I might have said that too. bob, before I saw one. But after we had it a few weeks, I realized I consulted it about every time I walked past it.
I should get one of these too, before the mind-numbing, skin-melting Indian summer.