Need a gift for your weather- and climate-obsessed friend, co-worker, or teacher, but don't know where to start? Shopping for weather geeks can be intimidating. After all, what do you get someone when the sky is literally the limit? Don't worry! We've taken the guesswork out of it by letting you in on the must-have items on our weather wishlist this holiday season.
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Weather T-shirts, Apparel, and Gear (Under $25)
If there's one thing weather fanatics enjoy as much as talking about the weather, it's showing off their love of weather "on the go." Check out these online stores to score umbrellas, tees, mugs, calendars and other accessories—all bearing weather logos and designs:
- AccuWeather Store
- American Meteorological Society (AMS) bookstore
- Weather Underground Store
- Weather Your Way
Unfortunately, neither The Weather Channel (TWC) nor NOAA have official online stores.
02 of 09
Encourage your weather watchers to grow their budding interest (or keep their random weather facts on fleek with the latest technology and research) with easy-to-understand quick reference guidebooks, like "Twister Tales: Unraveling Tornado Myths" and "An Observer's Guide to Clouds and Weather." (And About Weather, too, of course!)
03 of 09
Weathervanes, Rain Chains, etc. ($25)
Got a neighbor who loves weather? Weathervanes, wind chimes, or rain gauges would make a perfect gift option. True, these objects are as low tech as it gets, but because they interact with the weather their beauty changes as often as it and the seasons do.
Browse your local garden centers for unique finds, or, try the selection of gifts from Wind & Weather and the Farmer's Almanac online stores.
04 of 09
We love Weatherwise for its not-too-technical articles and stunning weather photography. Visit their website to order a 1-year subscription today, or better yet, enter their annual photography contest for your chance to win one.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Looking for a practical gift that shows that special someone you support their interest and care for their safety? Go with a weather radio.
In addition to broadcasting weather information (forecasts, watches, and warnings) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, weather radios also broadcast emergency alerts related to public safety issues and natural hazards. Don't have a weather radio in your home? You'll probably want to buy one for yourself too.
06 of 09
Pocket Weather Meter ($50+)
Most at-home meteorologists already have backyard or wireless weather stations, but they're not as likely to have one that works from the coziness of their pocket. (And let's face it, what weather geek doesn't want to know what the wind, temperature, and humidity is wherever they are??)
When comparing handheld weather meter models, Kestrel, La Crosse, and Ambient Weather are among the most popular names.
07 of 09
Need a gift for the person who has it all? A Fitzroy storm glass (it's liquid mysteriously predicts the weather days in advance) or Galileo thermometer not only is a gift rich in weather history, but eye appeal and intrigue as well.
08 of 09
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is a top academic and professional society for the atmospheric sciences. An AMS membership is a great way to keep meteorology students and recent grads abreast of the latest happenings and research in the weather and climate fields. A full membership includes benefits such as discounted registration fees to attend AMS annual meetings, a complimentary subscription to BAMS, and more.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Through the Free University of Berlin' s Institut für Meteorologie Adopt-a-Vortex program, anyone can purchase a name to be assigned to a European high or low (your choice) during the next calendar year. (In 2017, lows will obtain male names, and highs, female names.)
To reserve a name on the 2018 list, visit http://www.met.fu-berlin.de/adopt-a-vortex/. Prices start at 237 Euros (that's around $250 U.S.).