Paintings, Coatings, and Application: Why Humidity and Dewpoint Matters

Whether you’re painting a bedroom or the exterior of a house, you’re likely most concerned about the color you’re choosing from the hardware store. You go and buy supplies like a paintbrush and roller and head home to get started. While most don’t make a connection between humidity, dew point, and paint, understanding this relationship can help you get better results. Why Does Humidity and Dew Point Matter with Painting? Condensation can impact the application of paint and how long it takes to dry. You should also be mindful of the material that you’re painting since different types of materials...

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What is a Weather Meter? How Can You Use Weather Meters?

Nearly everyone keeps an eye on the weather for one reason or another. After all, that family picnic is riding on whether the elements want to cooperate. While a weather meter is an incredible tracking device for wind, rain, and more, there are many purposes served for many areas of your life---both professional and personal. What is a Weather Meter? The basic function of a weather meter is to track current and impending weather. It can tell you current data such as wind speed, wind direction, temperature, and wind chill. It also provides information such as atmospheric pressure which can...

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Heat Stress: What is Wet Bulb Globe Temperature?

There are many ways to measure the weather around us. When it comes to measuring heat stress, wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) takes temperature, humidity, wind speed, sun angle, and cloud cover into account. WBGT differs from heat index. Heat index considers temperature and humidity and it’s calculated for shady areas. Why Use Wet Bulb Globe Temperature? Organizations such as the military and OSHA use WBGT to help manage workload in direct sunlight. This is also an important measurement for those who are doing exercise in hot conditions. When using WBGT, it can be used as a guideline for safety...

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Occupational Heat Stress Risk for Power Plant Workers

Working inside power plants can bring considerable stress, especially in terms of heat stress. Heat stress becomes a factor for workers who are in hot environment, such as steel workers, miners, construction, and certainly those employed at power plants. One way to prevent serious illness and injury from heat stress is by using Kestrel weather meters, specifically the Kestrel 5400 Pro Heat Stress Tracker & Kestrel DROP D2HS Heat Stress Monitor and Data Logger. What is Heat Stress? Heat stress is the result of the body becoming unable to control its internal temperature. When the body reaches the point of...

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Butterflies and the Environment: Saving the Monarch with Kestrel Weather Meters

As a large portion of the US experienced dangerously cold temperatures over the winter, we are all impacted by the arctic blasts. The existence of global warming is still (controversially) up for debate, but there is no denying that climate change affects the monarch butterfly population. Significant climate change can be dangerous---if not deadly---to this butterfly species. By monitoring environmental conditions, we can help the Monarch butterfly thrive for generations to enjoy. The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly As North America's most recognized butterfly and an iconic pollinator, the Monarch butterfly is a sensitive species. They can adapt to longer-term...

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Long-Range Shooting with Kestrel Ballistics Meters

Whether you are involved with long-range shooting competitively or as a novice, the weather plays a major part in the precision of shots fired. Even the smallest changes in climate can alter results, ranging from the time of day to a change in wind direction. With the Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics, long-range shooting is about to become even more enjoyable. “After using Kestrel Meters for over 10 years, I can count on them in the worst conditions with my long-range shooting. Compact and convenient, it's the first thing I pack in my ruck!” -Customer testimonial Kestrel...

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