The WeatherSTEM mobile app (available for iOS and Android) has undergone a major upgrade! We listened to your comments and have added two of the most requested features. In version 3.0 you can now:
- Create notifications directly from the app, and
- Create multiple home units.
Creating Multiple Home Units
Let’s first take a look at creating multiple home units. For this feature, you do not need to create an account. Here’s how to do it in a few easy steps:
- Open the app and select “Browser all Units.” A list of all of the available WeatherSTEM units will appear. You can either search through the units alphabetically, by state or by proximity.
- Once you have selected a WeatherSTEM unit to add to your dashboard, click on the cog icon in the green banner under the current sky picture. This will open a box that will ask if you want to add the selected WeatherSTEM unit to your preferred units.
- Click “Save” in the pop-up box.
- After you’ve added your first station, you can continue the process and add as many stations as you would like to your dashboard.
Once you’re done, your updated home unit dashboard gives you a one-stop view of current conditions and sky camera pictures from your favorite stations in the WeatherSTEM network.
Now you also have the ability to create weather-related notifications on your mobile device. Personalized notifications from WeatherSTEM units have always been a part of the WeatherSTEM web platform, but now you can create these alerts from the WeatherSTEM app as well!
Before you get started, you’ll need to register a WeatherSTEM account. It’s free, and you can do it directly through the mobile app or on your county WeatherSTEM page. All you need is a valid email address. Once you have confirmed your account (confirmation is sent to the email address you provided), you’ll be able to log in on your phone. Also, be sure to allow push notification and name your phone (push device).
Once you’ve logged in, select the “Notifications” link in the left-side menu, and an informational screen will appear with instructions on messages, devices and events. After you close this message, you’re ready to begin.
Setting up a notification:
From the Notifications menu, select the “+” icon to begin creating a new notification. This will open a box that will allow you to choose from a few examples or create a new notification from scratch.
- Name your notification. Names are up to you, but it’s a good idea to name your notification related to the event that will trigger it.
- Add or choose an event. There are 5 different types of events you can set up for WeatherSTEM units:
- Alert: An alert is used for products issued by the National Weather Service, such as watches and warnings.
- Forecast: This notification is used if you want to know if a certain condition is forecasted, such as low temperatures for the night below 32°F.
- Lightning: If you wanted to know if lightning struck within a set distance from a WeatherSTEM unit, you would use this notification.
- Scheduled: This notification is great if you want a continual reminder about an event, such as a daily reminder to participate in our WeatherSTEM Forecasting Contest.
- Sensor: If you’re interested in knowing when the temperature gets to 95°F, or if the soil moisture readings in the garden are dry, this would be the notification you want to use. It lets you know when one of the sensors on the WeatherSTEM unit reaches a criteria that’s important to you.
- After you’ve determined which event notification you want, configure it by following the prompts that help you identify the type, condition, state, county, and WeatherSTEM station. Note: You can also set up events independently of notifications.
- Add or choose a message. Create a personalized message to send whenever the event is triggered. You can also add dynamic “message modifiers” that personalize your message with specific details of interest. Note: You can also set up messages independently of notifications.
- Choose a device. Your phone (push device) is only one of several destination options for your message to be sent. Using the “Linked Accounts” menu in the left side menu, you can add email addresses, social media accounts, and more.
- Set the repeat frequency. After your event is triggered the first time, set the frequency with which you’d like to be notified again if the conditions of the event are still occurring.
Version 3.0 of the WeatherSTEM app has a variety of powerful uses and features ready for you to customize to your liking. Here’s where to find it: