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Hi Michael,

 

You'll be able to get WeatherBug data which, in most cases, is updated instantly. We like WeatherBug for two reasons:

1. Though there are some costs involved, we do not have to pay monthly licensing fees ($500+/month)

2. The data is updated instantaneously

 

The drawback is that you have to use one of their stations (in most cases within 3 miles of your location).

 

With kind regards,

Michel

 

Michael,

 

Are we going to be able to get weatherbug or get METARS data?

 

Michael

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Hi Michael,

 

You'll be able to get WeatherBug data which, in most cases, is updated instantly. We like WeatherBug for two reasons:

1. Though there are some costs involved, we do not have to pay monthly licensing fees ($500+/month)

2. The data is updated instantaneously

 

The drawback is that you have to use one of their stations (in most cases within 3 miles of your location).

 

With kind regards,

Michel

 

Michael,

 

Are we going to be able to get weatherbug or get METARS data?

 

Michael

 

Michael,

 

Is that a cost to the user, or the UD?

 

Thanks for responding so quick.

 

Michael

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Hi Michael,

 

There will be a ONE time cost which we'll charge the user (between $49.00 to $69.00). We'll take care of the per-use fees which we have to pay to WeatherBug.

 

With kind regards,

Michel

 

Hi Michael,

 

You'll be able to get WeatherBug data which, in most cases, is updated instantly. We like WeatherBug for two reasons:

1. Though there are some costs involved, we do not have to pay monthly licensing fees ($500+/month)

2. The data is updated instantaneously

 

The drawback is that you have to use one of their stations (in most cases within 3 miles of your location).

 

With kind regards,

Michel

 

Michael,

 

Are we going to be able to get weatherbug or get METARS data?

 

Michael

 

Michael,

 

Is that a cost to the user, or the UD?

 

Thanks for responding so quick.

 

Michael

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  • 3 weeks later...

Rumor has it that I may be getting a fairly sophisticated weather station for Christmas.

 

Is there any plans for the "Weather" function in the ISY to include local weather from a home weather station?

 

And if so, which brand would be supported. I particularily like the Davis product line.

 

Joe

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Hi Joe,

 

Unfortunately not at the moment but I am sure as we add more modules, one will surely implement one.

 

With kind regards,

Michel

 

Rumor has it that I may be getting a fairly sophisticated weather station for Christmas.

 

Is there any plans for the "Weather" function in the ISY to include local weather from a home weather station?

 

And if so, which brand would be supported. I particularily like the Davis product line.

 

Joe

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Hi Gary,

 

Did you choose your station? When you click on Find and when you enter your city/zip, you are given a list of cities close to you. Then clicking on any one of them, brings up another dialog with a list of all stations close to you (with distances). Then, what you have to do is to make sure it's enabled and click on Save.

 

For this to work, your ISY needs connection to the Internet which I am sure it does otherwise it wouldn't have installed the module for you.

 

With kind regards,

Michel

 

I added the WeatherBug module and it doesn't seem to be pulling in the data. So far everything reads 0 (zero). Have I missed something or do I just need to wait?
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Michel:

 

Thanks. I'll retry our conversation later today. I understand the weather bug thing in general. Just not sure how you are incorporating it into ISY. How will I be able to use it with ISY?

 

aLf

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Hi aLf,

 

First off, unfortunately you won't be able to use it with ISY-26 since we have reached the limits of its capabilities.

 

You will be able to use weather information in your programs as conditions. For instance:

Temperature

Amount of Rain

Humidity

Amount of Light outside

Wind Speed

Wind Direction

Pressure

etc.

 

With kind regards,

Michel

Michel:

 

Thanks. I'll retry our conversation later today. I understand the weather bug thing in general. Just not sure how you are incorporating it into ISY. How will I be able to use it with ISY?

 

aLf

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Please advise if the weather module in the ISY handles the appropriate units conversion. For example, the current ISY climate module status shows:

Rain Today: 0.18 mm

but, the conditional test in the ISY is:

If Module 'Climate' Rain Today > 0.5 "

 

Is the metric report from WeatherBug converted to inches in the ISY?

Thanks.

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Hello wrj0,

 

When you change the unit measure in the module configuration, you should see that reflected in the programs (you might have to restore your Admin Console depending on what your system caches). So, the short answer is yes.

 

With kind regards,

Michel

 

Please advise if the weather module in the ISY handles the appropriate units conversion. For example, the current ISY climate module status shows:

Rain Today: 0.18 mm

but, the conditional test in the ISY is:

If Module 'Climate' Rain Today > 0.5 "

 

Is the metric report from WeatherBug converted to inches in the ISY?

Thanks.

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Thanks, Michel.

 

When the Configuration, Climate, WeatherBug Unit is changed from English (F) to Metric ( C), the temperature display in the Climate, Status window does indeed change from F to C. Winds also change from mph to km/h. However, the Rain Today value always seems to be presented in mm.

 

Unless I’m (very likely) missing something, it also appears that the Rain Today argument in a program is always presented in Inches – I don’t see a way to select metric equivalents. While I would prefer to work in English units, since WeatherBug provides the rain value in Metric, it would seem that I could test:

If Module 'Climate' Rain Today is 25mm

But the program arguments seem to be presented only in Inches:

If Module 'Climate' Rain Today is 1 "

 

No big deal, I can certainly do the math to set up the proper test, just wondered how ISY handled the Rain Today value.

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Hello wrj0,

 

If this is indeed the case, then it's a bug. What you select in the configuration page should be applied to all entries in the program page (except for pressure which is mbar).

 

I will have this looked at and will get back to you if we find a bug. In the meantime, if you change to Metric, all you have to do is to restart your Admin console to see the changes in the Program Details tab (all values will be converted automatically to the closest possible value).

 

With kind regards,

Michel

 

Thanks, Michel.

 

When the Configuration, Climate, WeatherBug Unit is changed from English (F) to Metric ( C), the temperature display in the Climate, Status window does indeed change from F to C. Winds also change from mph to km/h. However, the Rain Today value always seems to be presented in mm.

 

Unless I’m (very likely) missing something, it also appears that the Rain Today argument in a program is always presented in Inches – I don’t see a way to select metric equivalents. While I would prefer to work in English units, since WeatherBug provides the rain value in Metric, it would seem that I could test:

If Module 'Climate' Rain Today is 25mm

But the program arguments seem to be presented only in Inches:

If Module 'Climate' Rain Today is 1 "

 

No big deal, I can certainly do the math to set up the proper test, just wondered how ISY handled the Rain Today value.

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Thanks, Michel.

 

Sure enough, changing to Metric, and restarting the Admin console does indeed change the arguments in the program test condition to metric. I had not tried making the change and then restarting the Admin console – thanks for the tip. However, now when I switch back to English, the Rain Today arguments in the program remain in Metric after changing back to English and restarting the Admin console.

 

I found that when making the change from English to Metric also changed the test argument to null when it was in inches before. For example after changing to Metric:

If Module 'Climate' Rain Today is null

Before the change:

If Module 'Climate' Rain Today > 0.1"

Not a real problem though as likely the switch would only be performed infrequently.

 

It does seem that regardless of the Configuration, Climate WeatherBug, Unit selection, Rain Today is always presented as Metric even if the Admin console is restarted.

 

Thanks again for a quick response and the great support.

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Hello wrj0,

 

Apologies for a tardy reply.

 

Yes, indeed a bug the root cause of which is that we did not create a one to one mapping between the unit type entries. This shall be fixed.

 

Thanks so very much,

With kind regards,

Michel

 

Thanks, Michel.

 

Sure enough, changing to Metric, and restarting the Admin console does indeed change the arguments in the program test condition to metric. I had not tried making the change and then restarting the Admin console – thanks for the tip. However, now when I switch back to English, the Rain Today arguments in the program remain in Metric after changing back to English and restarting the Admin console.

 

I found that when making the change from English to Metric also changed the test argument to null when it was in inches before. For example after changing to Metric:

If Module 'Climate' Rain Today is null

Before the change:

If Module 'Climate' Rain Today > 0.1"

Not a real problem though as likely the switch would only be performed infrequently.

 

It does seem that regardless of the Configuration, Climate WeatherBug, Unit selection, Rain Today is always presented as Metric even if the Admin console is restarted.

 

Thanks again for a quick response and the great support.

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It appears searching about WB's history that this application started in the U.S. There was an announcement that a company was going to implement WB infrastructure in Canada over the next 3 years.

 

I am located in Calgary, AB, Canada. The native desktop application doesn't allow me to select Canadian cities, so I cannot tell whether there are WB stations located nearby. I have seen forum posts that some people close to the border are able to locate WB stations located in Canada by using a zip code located in the norther part of the U.S.

 

With the ISY module, is it possible to pick/locate stations in Canada?

 

Regards

 

Geoff

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Hello CompKing,

 

Unfortunately, the limitations of their desktop application also applies to their API which we use.

 

With kind regards,

Michel

 

It appears searching about WB's history that this application started in the U.S. There was an announcement that a company was going to implement WB infrastructure in Canada over the next 3 years.

 

I am located in Calgary, AB, Canada. The native desktop application doesn't allow me to select Canadian cities, so I cannot tell whether there are WB stations located nearby. I have seen forum posts that some people close to the border are able to locate WB stations located in Canada by using a zip code located in the norther part of the U.S.

 

With the ISY module, is it possible to pick/locate stations in Canada?

 

Regards

 

Geoff

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