ISY-994i Series INSTEON:HAM Weather
WeatherBug is a site that collects live weather data from personal weather stations and makes it available on the internet. The ISY-99i is able to collect this data and use the parameters in programs.
You will find access to purchase and install the module in the Help menu on the ISY Administrative Console.
Once the module is installed it must be configured. This is done from the Administrative Console Configuration/Climate panel.
Clicking the find button will open a requester and prompt you to enter your zip code. After your zip code is entered a list will open containing areas in your vicinity. Select one of these areas to open a list of nearby weather stations. The closest station will usually provide the most accurate data. Not all stations have all the data so you may wish to select a station other than the closest.
The user can select English or Metric units for data display.
You can also select a polling interval for how often to update the data. Default is 60 seconds.
Once this is done you can begin to use the data in your programs.
When you select a Program Condition you will find an entry for Module. After you select Module select Climate in the next box. The following box displays all the available data for the Climate module followed by operators and then parameters.
I find the Light data to be useful. This example displays the use of Light data to control some outside lights. The programs that check the Light level is in a folder that restricts their use to daytime hours. I use programs that have Schedule data to control these lights between Sunset and Sunrise.
Folder Conditions for 'Everyday' Add conditions to limit when programs in this folder are allowed to run. If From Sunrise To Sunset (same day) Then Allow the programs in this folder to run.
If it becomes dark during the day this program will turn the lights on.
If Module 'Climate' Light < 5 And Program 'Wait to Change Outside Lights' is True Then Run Program 'Wait to Change Outside Lights' (Else Path) Else - No Actions - (To add one, press 'Action') When the sky turns dark Only runs if sky was light during last check
This program will turn the lights off when it becomes bright again.
If Module 'Climate' Light >= 5 And Program 'Wait to Change Outside Lights' is False Then Run Program 'Wait to Change Outside Lights' (Then Path) Else - No Actions - (To add one, press 'Action') When the sky brightens Only runs if sky was dark during last check
This program waits for 5 minutes so unusual Light levels are ignored. It also serves as a Flag for the previous two programs so the Wait command is not restarted every time the Light data changes. Only when the Light data crosses the threshold (5 in this example) is this program restarted. This program can be in the same folder.
Wait to Change Outside Lights
If - No Conditions - (To add one, press 'Schedule' or 'Condition') Then Wait 5 minutes Set Scene 'Outside Lights - Daytime' On Else Wait 5 minutes Set Scene 'Outside Lights - Stormy Eve' On Bright Day = True Dark Day = False