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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 12/17/2008

Give the Gift of Weather

By Ann Posegate

Wx and the City

* Weather Doesn't Stay Calm for Long: Full Forecast | Weekend Storm? *

Do you have a friend or family member who just won't appreciate getting another pair of socks as a gift this holiday season? Fortunately, if that person is even remotely interested in weather, there are many other options. Here are just a few...

For the Artist/Photographer:

Courtesy Thames & Hudson

* 2009 Washington Area Weather Calendar (photos by CWG's Kevin Ambrose)
* "Adventures in Tornado Alley - The Storm Chasers," by Mike Hollingshead and Eric Nguyen.
* "The Snowflake - Winter's Secret Beauty," by Kenneth Libbrecht
* "Earth Under Fire," by Gary Braasch
* "Hot Pink Flying Saucers and Other Clouds," edited by Gavin Pretor-Pinney with Ian Loxley

Keep reading for more weather gift ideas...

For the Intellectual or Historian:

* "Washington Weather - The Weather Sourcebook for the D.C. Area," by Kevin Ambrose, Dan Henry, and Andy Weiss
* "Weather Matters - An American Cultural History Since 1900," by Bernard Mergan
* "The Ends of the Earth - An Anthology of the Finest Writing on the North and South Poles," edited by Elizabeth Kolbert and Francis Spufford

For the Weather Enthusiast:

* Subscription to Weatherwise magazine
* "Earth Sound," a CD featuring sounds of the deep Earth recorded by seismologist/artist John T. Bullitt
* NOAA Weather Radio (our pick)
* Weather stations and instruments, including thermometers, rain gauges, barometers, hygrometers and more (try AccuMall, Davis Instruments or
* Storm Chasing Tours (there are many available through the Web -- be sure to research them first)
* Winter DayTrip or EduTrip to the summit of Mount Washington, N.H.
* "The USA Today Weather Book," by Jack Williams
* "Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States," by Rick Schwartz
* Weather Field Guides (such as Peterson's)

For the Kids (or the kid in you):

* Weather kits and toys
* Tornado in a Bottle (I have this sitting on my desk, and it is quite the fascinating distraction)
* Fridge Forecast and Weather Magnets
* "Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today?" by Tish Rabe; illustrated by Aristides Ruiz
* "The Handy Weather Answer Book," by Walter A. Lyons
* Usborne Weather and Science Books

Other suggestions? Please write them in the comments section below.

By Ann Posegate  | December 17, 2008; 12:15 PM ET
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I highly suggest getting the person whom you love a weather radio. I got one for my birthday a few years ago, and it was truly the BEST present I've ever gotten. It goes off almost 100% of the time (save for a missed watch or two for some reason) for the counties which you choose. Set up is easy and it's a life saver, especially when you're not paying close attention to the weather. The siren is loud enough to grab your attention anywhere in your home, but not so annoying you want to throw it out the window (except for the June 4th derecho, went off 53 times that night, I wanted to destroy it by night's end). It's a present that could save your loved one's life!

*end customer review rant*

As a matter of fact, I have the same one the CWG suggests (the "our pick" link). Good pick! Heh.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | December 17, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

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