Stands to reason that I might be a little weather obsessed. Aren't all we Brits? But this year, my mild interest has turned into a full blown weather checking mania.
It's not enough to just look out of the window. Mostly because when I wake up and look out of the window, it's just pitch black this time of year. I peer into the impenetrable, trying to figure out if I am going to have to scrape frost off the car before the school run and whether it is dry enough to play tennis outside.
An hour later, all is clear - but by then I've already made the important choices like jumping in the shower or putting on my kit and abandoning any thoughts of grooming till after I've finished playing.
My new toy lets me know what the weather is like while I am still snuggled up in bed - and has a 12 hour forecast, so I can contemplate just pulling the duvet back over my head and waiting any grimness out.
Recently, I also discovered it has a new trick (having not read the manual completely...) that when it is icy out, the unit flashes a little green warning. Which was most useful as it made me get a wriggle on so there was time to de-ice the car properly before leaving for school. Cunningly avoiding doing that thing when you drive hunched up in the seat, because you've only properly de-iced a portion of the windscreen and you need to angle yourself to see through the clear bit for the first 5 mins of the journey till the blowers in the car have done their job.
If I had a greenhouse, or outdoor animals, I could have sensors in different spots outside and check they weren't too chilly (or hot) without having to head outside at all.
Which makes it sound like I am a wimpy weather avoider. Not true!
See - frost warnings be damned - I'm still playing tennis outside. Though I might have piled on an extra layer or two.