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Portable barometer

Any recommendations for a good unit to cary in my sea bag?

The weather has been particulary random lately and I'm thinking I would like to do my own forcasting.
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Hey,

How about a watch with barometer built in? You can get a 'cheap' casio for $130 (PAG40, it also has a compass, etc.) or so, or an expensive one for $300 (Sea Pathfinder, with tide information, solar powered, etc).

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If you have a good handheld GPS, you might check to see if it has a barometer already built in. Mine is a Lowrance iFinder Expedition, and it has a barometric altimeter so it isn't relying on the GPS calculation of altitude. It even does some rudimentary forecasting on its own, so I'll get a popup "Thunderstorm Warning" from time to time. I don't know that I'd rely on it's weather forecasting, but the pressure readings should be as good as any. It even gives a 12-hour pressure history in bar chart form.
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Hey you all are right. I've got a Garman Colorado that has the barometer built in. Forgot about it.
It is on the altitude page and the fields have to be set but it seems to work.
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