Sunday, February 28, 2010

Stupid weathermen...

My horse rolling in the snow

Before getting a horse, I never paid much attention to the weather forecasts. I decided what to wear when I got up in the morning and looked outside. I only ever worried about the weather when it was supposed to snow in the morning, and I had somewhere to go.

Now I check the weather almost compulsively throughout the winter. And usually this works pretty well for me. This year, however, the weathermen have been wrong... a lot.

Last night they were forecasting a chance of snow overnight, with snow definitely starting around late morning. I didn't want Panama getting wet and cold, and the shelter in his corral isn't very big when you factor in a crabby old mare who has a 15 foot bubble of personal space around her (at least whenever Panama is involved). So I blanketed him last night.

And this morning it was sunny.

This is probably about the fourth time this has happened so far this year: The forecast keeps calling for snow, and we keep getting sun instead! If it weren't for having to rush up to the barn or know my horse is getting too hot under his blanket, I'd consider it a pleasant surprise. But who wants to drive all the way out to the barn to unblanket him, just to rush back again when the snow finally starts?

Today the humidity was pretty high, so it felt chillier than it actually was — and I figured that probably meant the snow could start at any time. I decided to leave the blanket. But I hate having to make decisions like that. It's times like these when keeping my horse on my own property would be so much easier.

I've been thinking about how nice it would be to have a thermometer with wifi capabilities, which I could set up at the barn and get the current temperature there from wherever I am at the time. Such a device could piggyback on the G3 network, just like the Kindle does, and send regular updates to a site the user could check online. I know horse people would love such a gadget, and I'm sure people could find other uses as well.

What about you? Do you know if such a device exists, and would you be interested in one if it did?



At March 1, 2010 at 7:01 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I know we did have a thing when we had cows that would call our phone when it went below a certain temperature and tell us to turn on the heater for the lines so they did not freeze.

At March 1, 2010 at 5:08 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

That's interesting, Sydney! Was it a person calling or was it automated? And was it just the local temperature they were looking at? The temp can vary so much in the Denver Metro area, I'd really like to know what it is at the barn, specifically -- it can be very different from what it is at our house or in downtown Denver.


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