Stumbled on this thread as I’m looking for the same thing.
To answer this question, I want to be able to use realtime data for my specific location to run automations. Yes, the built in weather does provide some, but its not as inclusive as my personal weather station, and it isn’t for my exact location. For example, I can trigger a routine to happen when it’s “rainy”, but rainy where? Somewhere in my zip code? I would rather trigger the routine only when it’s raining in my back yard. I’m currently getting around this by using a virtual switch, but it would be nice to have a weather tile that had that data all in one place.
Yes, I get it, I’m an edge case that has wants that aren’t of the typical user, but a boy can have his dreams, right?
I think what the person you were replying to was eluding to is that SmartThings already has weather integrations that are actionable. You can create routines on weather for your zip code for weather conditions (rainy, snowy, cloudy, clear), temperature, humidity, and severe weather alerts.
This doesn’t really help much for displaying the data on a tablet, but I think that responsibility is on the panel software, not SmartThings.
An Edge driver seems perfectly reasonable for a hub connected Personal Weather Station. I said that all along.
If the Personal Weather Station is cloud connected then a cloud connected device integration would seem to be more appropriate, not least because it is more easily achieved and doesn’t introduce a dependence on a hub and an internet connection. Similarly if the weather data comes from a cloud service and you would like to treat it like a device, wouldn’t a cloud connected device be the one to go for? I just don’t see why an Edge driver would be desirable. That was my main point. The appeal wasn’t for a replacement for legacy functionality, it was specifically for an Edge driver.
My secondary question was really over the appeal of the device model for weather. I can get it for obs from a PWS but not for historical obs and forecast data.
It was also all in a context where there were frequent requests for, and seemingly much enthusiasm for, Edge drivers that were not only not for hub connected devices, but arguably not for devices at all.
Does anyone know if the current built in weather tile will continue to exist post groovy? I am having difficulties with mine and it is updating very infrequently. Similarly to the op, I am looking for a source for weather and lux levels going forward that can be used to trigger automations in smartthings.
@TAustin has a Edge Driver for weather that is able to pull data from several different sources but I do not believe Lux is one of his data points. You also need a constantly running PC or RPi for it to work.
Thanks. It seems like the easiest option might be to just purchase a zigbee light sensor then, short of my running an always on PC just to get access to basic information that samsung has blindly removed. Sigh.
Mine is still working, which I was surprised by. Refreshing is definitely slower now because I used to have a webcore routine forcing it to update, but I am pretty shocked it’s still getting updates.
Good suggestion on the routine using clouds and time. Can connect that to a virtual switch and trigger when “dark” so can embed in routines without needing a ton of copies for each one. Stinks to have to do it for something that really should be built in, but not awful to do and should be about as good. I do feel like the weather tile might have accommodated for how close to sunset it actually gets dark.
On my system “Severe Weather Alert” was automatically migrated to a Routine last week and the SmartApp disappeared from my system.
I know this because I kept getting alerts and wanted to turn it off but I could not find the SmartApp. So the next time the alert popped up I clicked on it and it brought up a routine which I was able to silence.