Bizarre weather clouds!

I just came across this article  that I had to share.  I thought it was interesting.  We are supposed to have severe weather conditions here.  We had a thunder storm in December last night.  Weird. http://news.yahoo.com/giant-tsunami-shape-clouds-roll-across-alabama-sky-192102289.html . Sunshiine

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This is some weird weather

I live in (near) Windsor, Ontario, Canada. As we all know its January. I took these pictures of my back yard today at 151pm on January 7th 2008. the temperature outside is 69 degrees ferinhiet or 20.5 degrees celsius the same temperature as Phoniex, Arizona. this is pretty weird, Eh?

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Why is the weather like this? Answered

It came to my thought on day, why is the weather like this? Specifically why are temperatures that are present today happening in the following cities: Halifax, Regina, Ottawa, St. Johns. Thank you. p.s I am specifically looking for answers such as, The weather is so, because it is in the lowlands and so on.     :)

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Wireless Weather Meters

I recently completed my wireless weather meters project and thought you guys might be interested in it. It uses and Arduino, analog panel meters and XBee to be able to wirelessly display weather forecast information in any room in the house. Check it out at http://electronics.guy-smiley.com . Schematics and source included.

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Weather balloon photography

I have been thinking about launching a balloon for a while now, but was concerned with a few problems. I just found this: https://www.instructables.com/id/Low-cost-Near-Space-Without-HAM-Radios-or-Cellphon/ Which is good, because most of the other tutorials I've seen require one or the other. Other than this, does anyone have any tips about what kind of balloon/chute/tracking system I should use? What about the payload, what is it usually made out of?

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all these earthquakes

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Under Attack!? Answered

I was watching the news and all over, the weather is going overboard.  Just saw China has some extreme snow. Even us down here are having more pronounced weather than before.  Hotter here now in summer and the rains are going absolutely crazy further up country.  Also went through extreme winds and rain awhile ago, much stronger than I can ever remember. Is this the climate change showing itself?

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Looking for a (flash) weather widget?

A colleague needs a software thingie "that can be embedded (HTML), or SWF Flash file that can be downloaded and run locally." Ideally he's after something with similar (animated) aesthetics to this (see also image), that can can be modified to suit the needs or whims of those above my paygrade. Thanks, chaps.

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Ideas for winter cycling needed. Is it possible to have a removable "convertible" attachment on a bike?

My husband and I are thinking about selling our VW bus and living without a vehicle.  We take public transportation regularly for longer distances and bike a lot.  But selling our VW bus would mean that we would not be able to rely on it in times of foul weather.  I picture making a "convertible" cover for my bicycle, where I could cover myself during poor weather -- something sort of like the typical child trailer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yewenyi/3921754932/ But an attachment that would only be attached when the weather was bad.  I thought it would have to attach onto the rear wheel hub and the head tube and be primarily made of heavy clear plastic.  Can anyone here envision something like this?  Is it feasible?

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Is there a better way to protect faucets in a hard freeze than letting them drip all night?

I'm in north Fl. and our hard freeze is about 5 to 6 hours under freezing. The problem with the dripping faucets is that it uses up the softened water.

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Arduino wireless weather station

I built the Arduino wireless weather station that I found on a "Instructables" video. Everything works great and I love the project. On the 3.2" display I have one problem, the "outdoor temperature" gets all scrambled up almost like it doesn't clear the previous displayed temperature reading. The humidity and barometric pressure readings look fine. I can clear up the display if I press the reset button but within a few seconds it gets all scrambled up again. Any ideas what to do? Thanks again for a great project!

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'Weather station': can it be converted/ hacked to data-logger/ PC compatible??

This christmas, many stores in Holland sell nice 'weather stations', even with remote access. But no recording, data logger, no SD card, only transmission of real time signals to the display unit.  I myself have great 1960s vintage registering equipment, from the university dumpster.   But how many folks can get to that??? Hopefully, someone can figure out how to hack one of these weather stations...

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How do you get Canada's historical weather system maps?

Hi I need to get the systems map ( a weather map showing current systems) for the 25th of march 2011. The theweathernetwork.com only keeps the current one. If you don't know what I mean by weather map you can see todays here: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/index.php?product=weathermaps&pagecontent;=weathermaps&maptype;=sys. If you know where I can get one for the 25th I would really appreciate it. (I am in Canada, so one that shows Canada would be most relevant to me, but any would help. thanks in advance 

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Lightning photography, might this idea work?

Ok, so I thought of a possible way to photograph lightening, Instead of paraphrasing it, I'll leave you with my notebook excerpt.

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I have 2 questions (in details) First: a way to measure Watts? Second: Rotating Camera Mount?

so as I said I have 2 questions. First: Is there a device that can measure the watts of an appliance? I just got a hold of a cheap generator (900w normal 1000w peak) and need to find out the wattage of some appliances. (None have stickers/plates on them at all to help me calculate it.) Second: Can anyone direct me to an instructable on motorized rotating camera mounts or anywhere that can show me how to build one? I want to be able to watch the sky from inside we get some nice weather here but hard to watch it from inside hehe.

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Whistling blade on wind direction weather vane

I have a propeller with four blades that acts as a wind direction weather vane. What I would like is for the propeller to make a whistling noise when it is rotated by the wind. Someone told me if I put a small hole or a slit in each of the blades it will make a whistling noisy which should change with wind speed. Can anyone tell me what size hole/slit I would need? Also at what angle would the slit have to be? Or can you tell me any other way to get a whistle from the blades when the wind is blowing? The blades are metal and about 200mm long (400mm overall diameter). Thanks for any help. Lou

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What crazy weather! (Might not see me for a while.)

So I might not be around for a while. Turns out Hurricane Ike still had enough steam to send massive wind damage through Kentucky and Indiana as well as multiple other places. My neighborhood is completely out - we have trees down on cars and into houses, and power lines down all over the place.Most of Louisville is without electricity and it's not sounding so good - they're saying 3 days to 2-3 weeks before everyone gets power back because we sent so many emergency personal to Texas to help them out. But now I have to go to class and then try to find a place that still has food, candles and batteries left. And a place to charge my phone. Even the power where I work is out and has been for two days. :P Wish me luck! It's a madhouse here right now. I can't imagine what an actual hurricane could do after this.There are lots of crazy pictures here:http://www.courier-journal.com/

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LCD temperature logger

A temperature logging system based on Arduino that outputs to a 5" color LCD.  Accommodate multiple inputs, and display simultaneously in different colors.  User adjustable time span on the LCD, user adjustable temperature ranges.  Would be great for a weather station and other apps.

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I have a box built to burry underground that I don't want to get moldy. how do I underground-proof my box?

I want to be able keep my box from getting wet and moldy any tips to help weather-proof my underground box

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Is there a cheap way to make a digital compass?

Trying to make a weather vane and needs to be hooked up to an arduino board. I have a rotary encoder which is just a potentiometer that can rotate forever. I need something to help determine direction, and for cheap. I've seen the compass modules , and they are just too expensive. >$40...Any ideas?

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will my four rabbit sbe ok out side during storms?

We live in nebraska wether changes suddenly a lot we have just orderd a hutch for them out side, they have been outside all day before but all come inside at night. it has been storming latly with a lot of thunder. i have read that they can die of being to scared. will they be ok being outside during thunder? they do will have shelter from the rain. also they are inside bunnies they sleep and are inside, will they be ok suddenly being outside all the time 24/7?

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Does wicker need to be weather treated?

I bought a wicker basket to put on my bike, but I'm not 100% sure if I need to treat it with something for the rain/snow/whatever else Ontario weather plans to throw at me.

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whats a good sand weathering paint? Answered

Im working on a model truck, and its going to be on  the beach. i just need a paint colour in tamiya, model masters, or testors.ive tried tamiya dark yellow, but i dont rly like it.

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Cold Weather Bike Wind Deflector

So I've taken an indirect pledge not to commute to school VIA car - by not buying a parking decal... Since school started, I've commuted, by bike, nearly 400 miles. But now it's starting to get cooler. I really don't like riding in cold weather. I typically wake up cold, get ready (still feeling cold) and getting on a bike when it's cold out is pretty uncomfortable.... So, for my next ugly bike abomination accessory.... My first wind deflector fairing prototype. I made a model in SketchUp (this was my "learn to use SketchUp" project), then from that make a development drawing (3D shape to 2D cutout) and cut that out of some scrap cardboard (I've got quite a bit that I rescued). Yes, there are flaws in this design - it's my first attempt :p As of now, I need to figure out how to mount this thing. I currently have some surplus 1/4" threaded rod at my disposal, I'm going to grab some and see where it takes me :p Comments?

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Observing "weather" (stratospheric temp.) with cosmic rays

An article in New Scientist reports on an analysis of cosmic ray muon data from the MINOS underground detector, which correlates with "sudden" (24-hour timescale) temperature changes in the stratosphere. The original article in Geophysical Research Letters gives you a good flavor for how this kind of analysis is actually done, and written up for publication. The figure below (Figure 3 of the article) shows the beautiful correlation between the temperature (5-day running average in blue) as measured by sounding balloons, and the muon rate in MINOS (also 5-day running average, red band with uncertainties). The alignment of the two curves is obviously not known a priori. The exact numerical calibration between muon counts (red, right scale) and temperature (blue, left scale) is a fitted output of the analysis, not an input.To me, it's just kind of neat that particle physics can relate so sharply to some "real world" large-scale properties.

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are my four bunnies ok to be outside in the winter?

They have been outside the whole summer and they have been doin goood threw the 90 to 110 degree weather, before the summer they were inside, but then we got them a hutch and they have a large running area, they have a room upstairs in the hutch and they love it, will they be ok to be outside all day and all night in the freezing weather?  

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Space Balloon

UPDATE: TMSB was a success but has an EPIC story behind it! Take a look at all the pics and video at my blog: www.joshingtalk.com Hi everyone! First post on instructables and thought I would share with you guys my latest project. The aim? To send a weather balloon to near Space and film the journey from start to finish! It's been done before BUT I'm making a couple of unique modifications in order to make it a one of a kind project.... ....follow my blog and I'll update you throughout the process and the highs and lows....not long until launch now! http://www.joshingtalk.com Please subscribe or follow the blog as this will send you an email every time I make a new post. Thanks for looking and feel free to leave some comments or ask questions. :) Josh.

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Does anyone know how to calculate the distance where a lightning has struck? Answered

I remember when I was a child we learned how to calculate the distance where a lightning has struck by counting the seconds between the time we saw the flash until we heard the thunder. I forgot the number that we multiplied the time by ( I think is the speed of sound). I thought about this after we had a nasty thunderstorm. Does anyone know?

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Snowman Building!

As most of you probably know, we have been having alot of snow this last week in the UK. We have been saving up our snow in the back garden as we both work, and normally get home after the sun has set. Today being a weekend meant that we could make good use of all that snow! The snowman is called pepper, as we use pepper to do his mouth and eyebrows. (take note of his cool icicle hair, we were going to call him spike, but we already named our christmas tree that) gmjhowe + Rainbow_Han

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XPEDIT - Looking for Collaboration

Https://www.instructables.com/id/Xpedit-Device-for... For my upcoming adventure journey, i planned to build a handheld device that helps me to monitors temperature, humidity, air pressure, and altitude. Also, an alarm can be set for any of the parameters go beyond a user-defined threshold value. The device is powered with 1000maH lipo battery, with a backup of 72 Hours continues running! Consider this project for sensor contest, if it deserves! For the next version of this project, IAM looking for Collaboration, let me know anyone is interested!Edits : Collaborators welcome If you go hiking in your spare times, Any field of expertise are welocme if you are interested ...

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[newsletter] Light Bulb Lamp, Predicting the Weather, Chocolate Speed of Light...

June 19, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Want to put some insanely cool, lights on your bike? Then enter our Let It Glow! Contest. The prizes are super sweet and blinky, so enter before the contest closes this weekend! RoboGames 2008 is over for this year, but you can still enter our Robot Contest to win a trip to RoboGames 2009! Air fare, hotel, and entry fee are included!Winners have been announced for the Discover Green Science Fair for a Better Planet Contest. See who won, and bookmark some Earth-friendly summer projects! Check out these cool Instructables! DIY Vinyl Wall Art Liven up your apartment, without risking your deposit, by putting up some slick-looking ConTact paper designs to decorate your walls. posted by britsteiner on Jun 17, 2008 How To Measure the Speed of Light... Using Chocolate! Enjoy some gooey warm chocolate and learn some science at the same time! posted by bradpowers on Jun 13, 2008 Building Small Robots: Making One Cubic Inch Micro-Sumo Robots and Smaller With only cubic inch, you'll learn to be efficient in your robotic design. posted by mikey77 on Jun 12, 2008 How to make a piano keyboard Build piano keys from raw materials and make a piano you can truly call your own. posted by threesixesinarow on Jun 19, 2008 Steampunk Style Fan Cool off in neo-Victorian style with a custom built fan. posted by reluctant_paladin on Jun 13, 2008 Steel Centipede Turn that scrap metal and chain into a unique sculpture with nothing more than a welder and a bit of creativity. posted by Mikey D on Jun 15, 2008 LED matrix using shift registers Play with patterns of light and display messages on a custom LED matrix. posted by barney_1 on Jun 15, 2008 Predicting the Weather with Clouds Learn to understand what the sky is trying to tell you. posted by randofo on Jun 12, 2008 Instructables Robot -- Paper Model Print and cut out this template to make a papercraft robot of your very own! posted by =SMART= on Jun 13, 2008 Central Vacuum Retrofit Install a central vacuum system in an existing house to have quieter vacuuming and an external exhaust. posted by a.doovz on Jun 13, 2008 Rock Band Guitar Stand/Drum Support Tidy up your virtual rock star gear and keep your drums steady with this PVC setup. posted by evilbunnee on Jun 12, 2008 Win great books for your travel tips! Closes on June 29! Winners are up! Animating Multi Layered Engravings Take glowing etched acrylic to the next level with animated frames. posted by japala on Jun 18, 2008 10-minute electronic leather band Enhance a leather bracelet with a flashing light that can record and play back patterns. posted by craft-tech on Jun 14, 2008 The Lucid Dream Machine Control of your dreams with the power of flashing lights. posted by guyfrom7up on Jun 18, 2008 SketchUp, Inkscape, and Ponoko Laser Cutting Install this plugin and you'll have a free way to design in 3D and export your files to be laser cut! posted by flightsofideas on Jun 19, 2008 Light Bulb Lamp Put your dead bulbs to use by turning them into stylish oil lamps. Just be sure to put them in a safe place. posted by CYNICALifornia on Jun 14, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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Does anyone know how I could control the temperature of the air and the humidity in a plexiglass box ( 3 x 2 x 2 feet)?

Hi there! I am working on a project and I want to create adjustable weather conditions in a clear box. Being able to adjust the humidity and the temperature in the box would be ideal. I want to place an object in the box that transforms based on the conditions of the climate inside. I know my way around the shop, so fabricating a box is not an issue. I don't know where to start though with the devices. Thanks! ~Karla

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Weather alert: Hurricane ike is gonna strike!

Cheesy titles aside, this is serious buisness! i live in houston, and the hurricane is heading strait for us. i'm a little scared, of course, and the roads are all clogged. My mom has been looking around for gas stations with gas left... it's a pretty big deal. houston is 45 miles from the water, and the hurricane has been moving around towards us, and gaining speed, all overnite. i'm praying to god it doesn't strike. the mayor has had press conferences, cancled work and school... we may have to evacuate! i'm hoping this won't be another katrina... any thoughts?

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hi, does anyone know where I could purchase a 403MHz radiosonde? Answered

all I could find were 1680MHz and that My radio can't receive that frequency. thanks! cheeseboy edit: on a side note my other question (about a beach ball filled with helium) has winner across it, does it mean anything?

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Whistling blades on wind direction weather vane

I have a propeller with four blades that acts as a wind direction weather vane. What I would like is for the propeller to make a whistling noise when it is rotated by the wind. Someone told me if I put a small hole or a slit in each of the blades it will make a whistling noisy which should change with wind speed. Can anyone tell me what size hole/slit I would need? Also at what angle would the slit have to be? Or can you tell me any other way to get a whistle from the blades when the wind is blowing? The blades are metal and about 200mm long (400mm overall diameter).

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Belarus Tractors-cold weather starting information?

Thank you for taking my question.  I purchased a Belarus tractor model 525 (65 hp. 4wd) new in 1990.  Although the tractor came equipped with glow plugs, they burned out shortly after I purchased the tractor.  I replaced the glow plugs again and they also didn't last long.  I then installed a block heater which heats the water and also a small heater from Wolverine company which actually glues on externally to the bottom of the oil pan.  Now although these products help somewhat, I was wondering if any of my good Instructable friends have had similar problems with these types of tractors and how they eliminated the problem.  The two heater items while they help, require several hours if not overnight to work.  Other than the cold weather starting problem this has been a good solid tractor.  In closing, I know these tractors are made in Belarus/Russia where the temps are far more severe than here in Southeast Missouri so I know there must be a solution.  One last thought, cold weather for these tractors is defined as any temp. below 60 degrees F.  Thanks, Debra Kay  

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"dry box" for drying clothes in humid weather

Hi all,I'm thinking of building something helping me to dry my laundry in the amazingly wet weather that I'm getting in the place I live now.I searched instructables for a while, but did not find anything that really applies. This might be due to the fact that I'm both new to instructables, and not a native English speaker. I might be using the wrong keywords.So I live in a very humid and foggy place, and it's winter now. When I hang my clothes out to dry, the process takes ages. Sometimes I think it might be working backwards: the clothes become wetter. Also, an unpleasant byproduct is that my clothes become smelly, despite they are clean. Sometimes, as a last resort, I hang my clothes inside the house. But my house is very small, and I do not really have a place for the clothes hanger. Plus, the house gets very humid and I am afraid I'm going to get mold. On the other hand, I have a rather large balcony, with a lot of place for the clothes hanger.Of course I could buy a clothes dryer. I actually use a coin-operated one for large items, such as bed sheets and large towels. But I'd rather not use a tumble dryer for my clothes.However I recently learned about heat recovery ventilation for houses, and I started wondering whether the same concept could be used to build a small-ish enclosure (a box) where air is kept warmer and dyer than outside, possibily in a controlled manner. Also, it would be very nice to get energy from the sun. Surely the walls of this box could be transparent, or black, to create some kind of greenhouse effect. Then I need a fan, to have the air circulating. The air could go through a heat recovery unit. This could probably solar-powered. On the other hand, I am not sure that solar panels would be helpful for heating the inside of the box by night (energy should be of course stored, but I do not think that would be enough).I see that something similar to what I'm thinking about is already on sale e.g. on amazon. These are called "portable clothes dryers", but they do not seem really optimized. They look like a combination of a hair dryer, a clothes rack and a tent. I do not think there is a real heat exchanger, or humidity control...Plus, they do not seem really safe, especially if operated outdoors.Can someone give me some advice, e.g. pointing me to projects that use similar ideas possibly for different purposes?Thanks a lotFrancesco

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Will spray paint set right if used in cold weather? Answered

 I'm painting a bike frame, and I was wondering if the primer and paint would set okay if I'm using the spray paint in 30 degree weather. Thanks.

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All weather enclosure for a dual axis solar tracker

I am looking for ideas on how to modify the attached solar tracker, that it fits into an all weather container/box. also it needs  to be easily dismount/mounted during the summer month. https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Dual-Axis-Solar-Tracker/

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Without paint - Protect Steel from Weather + Rust

Sometimes I'd like to protect steel from moisture without paint.  Partly this is a practical matter. Figure I'll weld somethin else on sooner or later, and would rather not deal with burning paint. Partly it's an aesthetic. Not long ago, saw a 50s pickup that someone was in process of restorin.  Just gorgeous while it was stripped of all paint. So... Linseed oil?  Wax? Or option C thru Z?

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Does running computers in cold weather damage anything?

I hav a bunch of computers but not much space, so I run some of them in an unfinished part of my house. Because this part is unfinished it gets cold, very cold sometimes down to 10-15 degrees farenheit. I just wondered if there was any way this could damage any of my computer components. I want to make sure it is OK to do this. Thanks.

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Any ideas for near space (weather) balloon telemetry? Answered

Hey guys, I'm considering a project like the recently popular near space balloon project. The only twist is that it could float for several days/weeks at a time. The major problem I have is that I need some way to reliably communicate with the system. The balloon would have to send climate data, gps data, and maybe photos. A video feed would be good too. I'd have to be able to control its descent and control its cameras. The issue I see is that many common systems are only good to about 40 miles which would still be way too short of a distance. Cellphones are obviously out of the question (way too unreliable up there). Satellite phones would break the bank. Power consumption is also a concern I have. I would consider getting an amateur radio license if you guys think it would help.  Note: I plan to use arduinos. JP Aerospace does some of the stuff I want to do with this potential project. The photo is their Away 46 mission.

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Distressing vinyl

Has anyone ever experimented with distressing vinyl to the point that it's all cracked and gnarly?  See the image.  Thanks.

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How do I wire a 5v regulator?

I am just hooking up a wireless weather station and it uses 4 AA batteries to power it. (it's a 3v supply to the unit) I want to use a solar panel I have to power it. It's a very small solar panel with a 15-16v output and really low current so that is not an issue. Anyways, I want to use a 5v regulator to charge rechargeable batteries in the transmitter, but I've seen capacitors used in the wiring and what is that about? Also, it's 3 pins, and the middle is ground, but how do you wire it and do you even need it? Thanks

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120v-12v 10amp weatherproof converter ?

Where can I find a 120v-12v10+amp weather proof converter to power a 12v 9.2 amp radiator fan for use outside. in wet weather

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Keeping our troops in Iraq cool in the 104 degree weather

Any idea's of keeping our troops cool in Iraq? Temperature rises to 100's during the day. Seems our government only has more cumbersome vests with (the lightest) cooling motors of 6 pounds and from what I gather can only be used in a vehicle.

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