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Published December 19, 2012, 09:10 PM

Insight to Christmas gifts for weather enthusiasts

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Do you have weather geek on your Christmas list? Stormtracker meteorologist Rob Kupec has a few ideas to help you get at gift for the weather nerd in your life.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Do you have weather geek on your Christmas list? Stormtracker meteorologist Rob Kupec has a few ideas to help you get at gift for the weather nerd in your life.

Keith Malakowsky is showing off his Davis Home Weather Center. From an automated rain gauge and thermometer to an anemometer on the roof of his house. All the data then goes into a computer stuffed in a closet in his basement were the data is saved. He's been doing it this way since 1983 and like many started young.

Keith Malakowsky, Weather Enthusiast: “My dad farmed, so you're really interested in the weather at that time keeping track of the rainfall and stuff like that.”

A system like Malakowsky's will run you between $500 and $1,000 dollars.

Too much, there are less expensive and still decent models available on line for just over $100. But still maybe you’re looking for something simple.

Well any weather nerd would really appreciate a good rain gauge but make sure you get a good model, it might cost you 20 or 30 bucks but these are much more accurate than the little glass ones you buy.

The Peterson Field Guide to the Atmosphere is a great book for the sky watcher in your life, full of picture to help identify daily and strange weather phenomena.

Well it may be a little old school but there's nothing like keeping a good weather diary, for instance in my hometown in 1979, cloudy, snow and a high of 18.

Of course in my opinion, the WDAY Stormtracker Calendar is nearly the perfect gift for everyone.

Malakowsky: “I'd like to get a little hand held anemometer so you can be out in the storm. You can chase storms and you can see what the wind speed of the storm is.”

Mrs. Malakowsky are your listening?

Malakowsky is the national Weather Service observer in town and his data is available at FMweather.com.

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