Internet Weather Forecast Drivers

The Forecast.io service provides free (upto 1000 calls per day) weather data and forecast. Forecast.io is backed by a wide range of data sources, which are aggregated together statistically to provide the most accurate forecast possible for a given location.

The Dark Sky service provides free weather data and forecast API suitable for any cartographic services like web and smartphones applications. Ideology is inspired by Dark Sky and Wikipedia that make information free and available for everybody. Dark Sky provides wide range of weather data such as map with current weather, week forecast, precipitation, wind, clouds, data from weather Stations and many others. Weather data is received from global Meteorological broadcast services and more than 40 000 weather stations.

The Chowmain Forecast.io and Dark Sky drivers brings all of this data into Control4 for use in the home automation system.  This is useful for automating services within the home based upon the external environment. 

Note that this is not a replacement for a personal weather station.  We recommend utilising Cumulus Weather Stations or WeatherHawk weather station drivers/hardware if you require accurate readings as this provides accurate real time local weather information.

This driver will only work on Control4 OS 2.6 and above.

Usage Scenarios

  • Humidifiers can be turned on automatically if it is going to be a dry day,
  • If it is going to be a hot and sunny day, close the shutters to shut the heat out
  • If it is hotter indoors than it is outdoors and the wind direction is facing the motorised windows then open the windows.
  • If it is going to be a hot day turn on the AC
  • If it is going to rain don’t automatically water the garden (I would also put in some additional logic to ensure that it will water the garden if it is extremely hot and if it hasn’t watered the garden in X amount of days).
  • If it is going to be a cloudy day and the customer has solar then don’t turn on the smart appliances until tomorrow.
  • Combine with our Advanced Announcements driver to read the weather forecast out in the morning.

Features

  • Ability to select the Unit type (metric, imperial or internal)

  • Current Weather Conditions for:

    • Temperature (degrees)

    • Humidity (percentage)

    • Pressure (hPa)

    • Wind Speed (mps)

    • Wind Direction (degrees)

    • Clouds (percentage)

    • Precipitation Intensity

    • Precipitation Probability

    • Dew Point (degrees)

    • Ozone

    • Weather Conditions (string)

  • Forecasted Weather Conditions (Today & Tomorrow) for:
    • Temperature Minimum
    • Temperature Maximum
    • Humidity (percentage)
    • Precipitation
    • Wind Speed (mps)
    • Wind Direction (degrees)
    • Pressure (hPa)
    • Clouds (percentage)
    • Moon Phase (percentage)
    • Dew Point (degrees)
    • Ozone
    • Weather Conditions (string)