How to Hang an Outdoor Temperature Gauge: That Al Roker Isn’t Always Right
For many of us, this year’s seasonal weather has been a real doozey. Take Buffalo, New York, for example, that had three feet of snow dumped on it in less time than it takes to pop a bag of popcorn. In 2013, no one could have truly anticipated the extent of the damage that super-storm Sandy (AKA Frankenstorm) was going to do to nearly the entire Eastern Seaboard. It’s safe to say: it’s better to be safer than safe—nevermind it being better to be safe than sorry. One of the ways you can keep yourself and your home a little bit safer this unpredictable snowy season is by hanging an outdoor temperature gauge. With today’s standards in technology, you can find some pretty nifty ones that will offer up all kinds of useful weather data.
The AcuRite Digital Weather Station is a favorite for those who have a serious need to keep real time track of the weather. This is a phenomenal system that allows the user to track everything from the temperature, dew point, barometer, humidity levels, and even offers storm alerts of its own just in case the weather has caused your electricity to go out or has put your cable TV on the fritz. What's great about this handy system is that it offers a handheld remote interface that shows you everything you could possibly want to know about what's going on outside, including weather reports on alert that you can program to meet your personal needs or interests, and streaming data from the Weather Underground—a live action website manned by the most weather-centric people on the face of the Earth. And of course, AcuRite and other personal use weather stations offer downloadable apps for both the iPhone and Android platforms available from iTunes or the Google Play Store.
For systems like the AcuRite, you’ll use the YOUHANGIT wall hanging system to hang the portion of the system that collects the data, not the handheld portion of the device you keep inside the home. For this, you will need to follow the instructions to the letter to ensure you are always getting accurate results. You will also need to hang high tech weather gauges using wall anchors and the appropriate hardware (heavy duty outdoor screws or the hardware the product comes with) to ensure that they stay well anchored to whatever surface you apply them to, be it stucco, drywall, siding, brick, and so on. Some of these systems also include a separate solar charger, which also require hanging—when you hang this item, make sure you do so in an area where it will receive as much direct sunlight as possible to keep your system well charged.
Of course, not all of us want to turn our homes into a professional weather forecasting deck capable of informing the 24-hour news networks in the event their systems fail, and in these cases, a simple, old school, decorative outdoor temperature gauge can give you simple information while also adding a touch of exterior decor to your patio area or porch. If something like this is more your speed, the YOUHANGIT system will work perfectly for hanging your weather gauge, and the handsfree YOULEVEL will help ensure you’re hanging your round or square gauge perfectly level—there’s nothing worse than a crooked rooster!