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[Release] Weather Station Tile 2.0


(DanG) #487

If you are already using webCore you could always write a piston to poll the weather tile at whatever time interval you want. I’ve been doing this for over a year without any problem.

(Lorne Cohen) #488


Thank you for that. Would I just create a piston to check the variable every X minutes just to force the refresh ?

something as simple as

while every 30 minutes
check $weather


(Simon) #489

Actually I have a piston that does almost exactly that. Every hour at 15 mins past the hour with the Weather tile do refresh. Been working for over a year now.


There is also a community app called Pollster which can refresh any device including the weather app.
You can set the refresh for any amount of time with out writing a Piston in WebCore. I use it and it works just fine. WebCore is good for more complex situations.

(DanG) #491

I don’t know, you would have to try it. Here is the piston that I have been using for a long time now. It polls every five minutes and stores results into variables that I use in other pistons. Just so you know, LUX on the weather tile 2.0 is calculated. The only way I found to get real data is using solar radiation. And for that you need to have the weather tile polling a station that provides it.

(Lorne Cohen) #492

Thank you for that

I found a simple way to refresh it via webcore and it seems to be working.

I understand the weather is calculated, as I don’t really need ‘exact’ measurements. Just enough to know it is dark enough in the house to turn the lights on


Is there a way to change from 24 hour clock to 12 hour? Thanks.

(Brad Douglas) #494

thansk for the contribution.

what would the device Network Id be?

(Arthur V) #495

it can be anything, just fill it

(Brad Douglas) #496

Thanks for the help got it working by copying an Id from another device.

(Nathan Curtis) #497

It can be anything UNIQUE. You shouldn’t copy a network ID as you will likely start having trouble with this device AND the device you copied the ID from… :slight_smile:

You’ll probably want to edit that.

(Brad Douglas) #498

Oh ok . So they need to be unique . Cool thanks.

(Lee Florack) #499

So what is everyone going to be using when the Weather Underground shuts down access for individuals at the end of the year?


We can all go out and get our own weather stations. The price is not too bad.
Acurite or another brand.

(DanG) #501

I have a station in my back yard but I don’t know of another way to interface it to SmartThings outside using wunderground. Is there another way that I am not aware of?

(Rob) #502

I’m at a loss. In preparation to losing access to the Wunderground API, I’ve been fiddling around in webCoRE trying to simulate whether it’s dark outside to trigger lights and I’m not having good luck. I’ve looked at using uvIndex and cloudCover, but the best thing to use is lux. The hunt is on for another API that provides lux or solar radiation…

(Lee Florack) #503

I used to use WU information for LUX levels but found them to be wildly inaccurate. So, I’ve set up a Monoprice 4 in 1 Motion, Humidity, Illuminance and Temperature Sensor for LUX levels to control lights throughout the house and so that I know the internal temperature and humidity readings in the room where the sensor is (I don’t use motion functionality on that sensor).

Therefore, I’m mostly interested in weather information to replace the WU information for display in Action Tiles. But, I’d also like to use a WU replacement for other weather related information in webCoRE pistons, etc.


What about the native integration with AccuWeather?

(Rob) #505

@lflorack: I have Xiaomi Aqara motion sensors that also measure illuminance, but I think they only report it when there’s motion. If I kept one inside for that purpose, I could trigger it by walking into the kitchen, but then the kitchen lights would skew the result. Do the Monoprice report on a manual refresh or periodically?

@David_Van: Native? Where can we pull the data from? I know there is $weather in webCoRE, but my understanding is that data comes from Wunderground.

(Lee Florack) #506

OK. Now I’m not sure what I’m asking or using (and I guess embarrassed). I’m currently using two things related to weather:

  • The SmartWeather Station Tile Device as a SmartThings device
  • The Weather Station capability in Action Tiles

Those appear to me to be the same thing and what I thought I was talking about (that’s why I put it in this thread (about Weather Station Tile 2.0). It’s the Weather Underground API that’s being shut down. I assumed that they were all the same thing, But now that I think about it, ARE those not all the same things?