Tornado warning

The weather alerts that I get from SmartThings are very un-reliable, just an FYI. I sometimes get them, but most of the time nothing. When they do come through, they are quite delayed when compared to other alerts I am getting from things like the weather underground iphone app.

I used Ifttt to set this up in my house. This one, thankfully, hasn’t gone off yet, but I have a similar setup for severe thunderstorm warnings, and it works like a charm.

You know the more I think about it I seem to remember a weather radio the had external contacts (normal open) then closed then it received an alert. This was way back in my x10 days. Granted a radio is probably all I need but I can’t help but seeing endless possibilities if Smartthings could get that signal as well. I’ll investigate later when I get home from work. If it still is out there, having the reliability of Noaa and Smartthings seeing it would be cool

If you search for SmartWeather in SmartSetup it should come up.

Thanks Ben… All I see is “SmartWeather Station Controller”. I assume this is what you’re referring to… seems to be dependent on something else.

When you try to install it you don’t get the option to select Smart Weather?

Nope. The first pref option is “Which?”, which simply brings up a blank screen with a “Done” button. )c:

Ugh forgot - you need to create a Smart Weather device in the IDE. Create a new device (not device type) and select SmartWeather Station Tile from the Type drop down. SmartThings It Just Works:slight_smile:

That was the missing piece.

This is what I think we need to correct. Something as simple as Weather should not require going to the IDE. I’m sure lots of people who have no experience with things like that would want Weather. You should be able to “add the Thing” without going into the IDE OR it should be native in the software.

As much as I love how open ST is (and why I chose it over Revolv), we need some simpler interactions with end users for some things.

It’s funny… I just realized I guess I used the “royal we” in the above post. Sorry for the tone…

Thanks for all your help and suggestions everybody. Gives me a few places to look and start testing.

Agreed @brianlees we are working to smooth out all such frictions.

Thanks, @Ben. I sometimes feel I’m a bit like a downer here. I’m really not. ST is great and I see so much more potential. I can’t wait to see what you guys have coming in the pipeline!

No one feels like we are moving too slow more than we do.

If you need help testing I’m more than willing. I came on tonight after the tornado warning from last night to see what was on here. I’m still fairly new to SmartThings but learning pretty quickly.

Eric, you may not have realized, but you’ve replied to a 2 year old project. It’s an idea that many have thought about, but I am not aware if anyone was successful. It’s nice to bring this idea back.


Here’s something in a more finished form and about a year newer… :wink:

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RemindR now covers Tornado Warnings and much more…

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Hello, I know this is a old Post. Thought I would share what I do. I have not tried this with SmartThings. “I am new to SmartThings.” However you can use IFTTT RSS Feed. Then you can have it trigger your lights or maybe something else. I used my Hue lights.

If This Action:
1st. Create a new Trigger using RSS Feed.
“New feed item” or “New Feed Item Matches”

2nd. Find your County Code from alerts. weather. gov

3rd. Add the code to the end of this RSS URL.

Then That Action:
“Use your lights or any other option that you would like if you can.” I have Hue Lights and it’s the Action I used.

I hope this helps for anyone who still will like to do weather alerts.