Today’s blog is all about weather. We woke up to a beautiful, clear, sunny morning. We drove into Coeur d’Alene for breakfast, and it was cloudy and overcast. We’ve noticed a few times that when it is sunny at our place it is dismal in CDA. We checked out the touristy area of CDA. Lots of ritzy shops and restaurants. Then it was off to Home Depot because we can’t go there often enough. Among other things, Shawn was in search of hardware to mount my new weather station.

Fancy coffees in real mugs at Eat More Bread Bakery on the Lake

Yes, I have a weather station. For some reason, I am fascinated by the weather and have always been a diligent follower of the weather report on the news. I have at least five weather apps on my phone and tablet. My latest weather find is Weather Underground which lets me track specific weather stations. This is also where I learned I could get my own personal weather station and report my data back to Weather Underground. There are so many choices when it comes to weather stations, but I decided to start with an entry level station by Acurite for under $200. One day I might advance to the next level and start tracking lightning and soil temps. My model will track temperature, wind speed and direction, humidity, dew point, and rain.

The National Weather Service suggests a height of 33′ for the weather station for optimal readings, and Shawn managed to rig a 3-piece metal pole to get mine up to 28′. It looks pretty impressive way up there.

The weather today was a bit of everything. We had sun, clouds, hail, snow, wind, and back to sun all within a few hours. We’re told if you don’t like the weather wait 15 minutes and it will change. That was definitely the theme today.