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September 10th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Get Your Personalized Weather Forecasts With Nooly

How should I dress today? Umbrella or no umbrella?  Ever cancel an event because of a weather forecast only to have the bad weather pass you by? It’s pretty hard to know for sure when it comes to the weather.

The problem with your typical forecast is that it’s usually for a larger region as opposed to your particular location. Sure, the storm will come through your town, but maybe where you are will be just outside the cloud line.

So if you’d like to know with a little bit more precision whether, and when, the rain will come to your backyard or soccer field, I’ve got just the app.  It’s called Nooly and, using a patented technology called “Nowcasting”,  it provides you with a micro forecast for your specific location as well as a timeline that you can drill down to increments as small as 5 minutes.

How cool is that? Imagine knowing that you’re going to get rained on if you leave now, but you’re good if you just wait 15 minutes? Or that even though the skies are threatening, you’ve got an hour before the thunderstorm arrives to finish soccer practice.

I’ve been using Nooly for the last couple of weeks and I’m a fan. Even though rain was predicted for my area on several different days, Nooly told me it would be dry in my neighborhood – and it was. Pretty neat.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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May 7th, 2013 at 10:51 am

A Few Apps You Might Have Missed

I’m always amazed at how many apps and websites come along that bring so much technology right into our hands. Keeping up with all this innovation is nearly impossible. Here’s a few cool ones that I think are worth sharing.

How important is the weather in your day? Some days, watching the forecast on the morning news is enough to inform you of how to dress or whether to grab the umbrella. Other times, you need to know with a little more precision whether that scattered shower will affect your afternoon activities. Try Nooly and get the forecast down to the 5 minute increment and know when the rain will start and when it will end. Cool!

Ever wonder how to do the One Hand Clap? Check out Snapguide for quick videos and instructions on how to do that and all sorts of things like how to brush your dog’s teeth, take someone’s blood pressure, or take a proper nap in the car. Good things to know!

Have a few gift cards lying around? Find yourself in the store and realize your card is at home? Try Gyft, a new app that lets you upload and store gift card info on your phone so they’re handy when you need them, without having to carry them around. You can also buy, send and receive them with this app. That’s pretty handy.

Hope these help make you spring more organized. Enjoy!

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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November 1st, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Helping your Child Decipher the News

The news is littered with images of Hurricane ridden areas, political battles, missing children, and many more upsetting images. It is all too much for adults to sometimes take in, yet children can be left on their own to sort much of this out for themselves.

Ian, my oldest, has had an interest in the news, and even more the weather part, for several years now. As a preschooler, he would ask questions about things he might have seen, but in the younger years did not doubt that his parents would take care of the situation no matter what. As Ian has gone through school I do notice that things worry him more-

What if we were to have a hurricane?

Who are we voting for and what will happen then?

Many of the same questions I ask myself. The difference is that I have experience and knowledge to understand the bigger picture, where he does not. I know that I need to expose him to the cruel parts of life, while helping him to understand them. One of the most crucial things you can do is talk about the items with your child.

We have been talking a lot about Hurricane Sandy in our house. One of my friends was located in the area and I have been talking to him about what they have been going through, by sharing their Facebook posts. I have showed him some pictures and shared some stories of ways people have helped. I recently shared a story about a little girl that decided to help her neighbors by sharing her electricity. I helped him to understand that just by running extension cords out of their house that she was making a HUGE difference. At 11, you can help others. I also tell him the truth – it is scary, but people recover.

We also have talked a lot about what things we can do in an emergency. Knowing how to dial 911, what mom and dad’s phone numbers are and even something as simple as how we should keep food and water around for emergency situations. Things like this empower him to have a little control if ever an emergency situation happens. We don’t live in the land of hurricanes, although the wind from Sandy could be felt here, but we do experience blizzards, tornadoes, and even flooding.

With Thanksgiving only weeks away it also helps him to understand that we truly have a lot to be grateful for. It is okay to be sad for the people affected by the hurricane, but we need to turn that sadness into action. Wether it be collecting money, giving blood, or sharing electricity.

The world can be a scary place, but we can make it a little better by teaching our children how to understand it.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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