Internet Weather Forecast

MSRP: $60.00
Chowmain LTD
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Overview

The Dark Skies service provides free (upto 1000 calls per day) weather data and forecast. Dark Skies 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 Chowmain Dark Skies driver 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 the Cumulus Weather Stations or WeatherHawk weather station drivers/hardware if you require accurate readings as this provides accurate real time local weather information.

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: T
  • 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)

FAQ

Can you give us some examples of how we could use this driver?

  • Humidifiers can be turned on automatically if it is going to be a dry day, Towel rails can be turned on if its going to be a humid 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 this with our Advanced Announcements driver to read the weather forecast out in the morning. 

Why have two internet weather drivers?

Why not? Not all internet weather information is built equally and we want to give you the option of getting one the is the most accurate for your location. One may work better in one country than the other. Two drivers for the price of one!

Why do you only support OS 2.6 and above?
OS 2.6 offers a superior security encryption algorithm and a new and improved driver format. We have decided to only utilise this new format to ensure that the integrity of this driver is not compromised and that we can provide the best dealer/user experience available.

Do you offer showroom discounts?
We offer dealers a free showroom licence for demonstration and educational purposes.  See link below for T&C's and signup procedure.

Chowmain Dealer Showroom FAQ

I want to try this driver out before buying it?
All Chowmain drivers for Control4 come with a 7 day trial.  Just add the driverCentral licencing driver and this driver and you're good to go.  No registration required.

OPEN WEATHER MAP

Version #20170710 - 10-JUL-2017
Migrated to driverCentral.

Version #20160416 - 16-APR-2016

Made improvements to licencing algorithm. Should resolve issues on OS 2.8 systems with intermittent internet connections.

Version #20160404 - 04-APR-2015
Updated driver to resolve API change that caused the driver to always return data in Kelvin regardless of unit set.

Version #20151016 - 16-OCT-2015
Starting from 9 October 2015 openweathermap's API requires a valid APPID for access. Note that this does not mean that their API is subscription-only now - please take a minute to register a free account to receive a key. http://home.openweathermap.org/users/sign_in

Version #20150917 - 17-SEP-2015
Fixed issue effecting OS 2.8 systems

Version #20150818 - 18-AUG-2015
Implemented Dealer Demo Licencing

Version #20150618 - 18-JUN-2015
Changed Pressure from string to number type variable.

Version #20150407 - 07-APR-2015
Resolved issue where logs on 2.6 systems would fill out controller storage causing system stability issues. This only effects systems where people have set the debug logs to 'print and log' or 'log' and have forgotten about it over longer periods of time.

Version #20141118 - 18-NOV-2014
Converted from c4i to c4z filetype

Version #20140514 - 14-MAY-2014
Initial Driver Release

 

Dark Skies

Version #20170710 - 10-JUL-2017
Migrated to driverCentral.

Version #20160923 - 23-SEP-2016
forecast.io being considated into Dark Sky name. As such api.forecast.io endpoint has changed to api.darksky.net

Version #20160416 - 16-APR-2016
Made improvements to licencing algorithm. Should resolve issues on OS 2.8 systems with intermittent internet connections.

Version #20150818 - 18-AUG-2015
Implemented Dealer Demo Licencing

Version #20150618 - 18-JUN-2015
Changed wind direction from string type variable to number type

Version #20150407 - 07-APR-2015
Resolved issue where logs on 2.6 systems would fill out controller storage causing system stability issues. This only effects systems where people have set the debug logs to 'print and log' or 'log' and have forgotten about it over longer periods of time.

Version #20141118 - 18-NOV-2014
Converted from c4i to c4z filetype

Version #20141105- 05-NOV-2014
Updated Precipitation Probability to percentage rather than decimal value in variable.

Version #20140515- 15-MAY-2014
Implemented fix for locales that use commas as decimal points rather then a full stop.

Version #20140514 - 14-MAY-2014
Initial Driver Release