Daily Dose: WeatherNow console

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Gray skies are gonna clear up. . . or at least you know if they will or not. The WeatherNow console is a $199 tabletop weather description and forecasting station made by Oregon Scientific.

It’s proved an apt tool for planning outdoor recreation over the last month for me.

The device, which scans Microsoft DirectBand radio signals to update current conditions every two minutes, provides localized information on myriad meteorological concerns, all without the aid of Internet or TV.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.