Why Does Air Density Matter with Hot Air Balloons?

Up, up, and away! Taking a ride on a hot air balloon gives you a unique glimpse of the world around you. With all kinds of mesmerizing designs and colors for hot air balloons, you're likely not thinking too much about air density and other weather-related elements. However, tracking air density can help you have a successful launch, ride, and landing of a hot air balloon! What is Air Density? This is the density of air, which is the mass per unit of volume of Earth's atmosphere. It decreases with increasing altitude and changes depending on the temperature and humidity....

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What Makes a Hurricane? The Guide to Hurricane Classification.

Hurricane season started on June 1. The classic visual of a hurricane involves extremely high winds, torrential downpours, uprooted trees, and even building destruction. However, there is a little more to a hurricane than high winds. With instruments such as a Kestrel weather meter, we can accurately measure elements of hurricanes such as wind speed and even help predict their arrival. What is Classified as a Hurricane? The simplest description of a hurricane is when the sustained wind speed during a tropical storm reaches 74 MPH. Hurricanes form in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and...

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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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