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Share your favorite Weather Media Tiles?

Den 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic • updated by Kevin1 1 week ago 95



This national weather radar is so far my most useful Media Tile. I configured it for 3x2 tile size. Someday I intend to have a front door camera Media Tile.

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  • If the image in a Post has been placed with a full URL link to the original; just right-click and choose "Copy image address."
  • There might be enough clues in the address to find the source website so you can find variations, such as local weather.
  • When posting, if you used the "<>" (HTML edit feature) to surround the URL of the image source with <pre> and </pre>, then the URL will be show in text instead of the image ... or try the "Code" Formatting option (under the paragraph symbol ¶).

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Hi all - was also looking at forecast (rather than radar) and came across this great contributed site - now have a weather forecast tile setup


Media Tile Generator (MTG was jggdev/atiles): Weather, Calendar, News


Mine looks like this:


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If you cannot find any - you can build your own as per the following :

https://support.actiontiles.com/forums/12-actiontiles-forum/topics/3169-weather-tile-widget-generation-from-theweathercom/


https://www.theweather.com/widget/


and here is an example for the result (using this method) :




Try and play with it - you may like it.

Very nice... Now how did you do that? :-)

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  • If the image in a Post has been placed with a full URL link to the original; just right-click and choose "Copy image address."
  • There might be enough clues in the address to find the source website so you can find variations, such as local weather.
  • When posting, if you used the "<>" (HTML edit feature) to surround the URL of the image source with <pre> and </pre>, then the URL will be show in text instead of the image ... or try the "Code" Formatting option (under the paragraph symbol ¶).

Weather UK:

http://images.intellicast.com/WxImages/SatelliteLoop/hieusat_None_anim.gif

Is there anything a little more zoomed in? I've searched but just can't find any websites offering a GIF. They all seem to be running Flash. I've emailed the MET office asking if they offer GIFs but don't expect any luck.

Dear Rob,
I've checked with our Media team and unfortunately there aren't any GIFs we can point you to.
The majority of our animations are in video or flash format. 
Kind regards, Ashley, Weather Desk Advisor
enquiries@metoffice.gov.uk or visit http://www.metoffice.gov.uk

How do I add NYC weather radar or any weather related weather stream tiles ??

Weather Radar - covering Northeast (May help you)

have used above uk weather URL. Works well in action tiles, how often should it update

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  1. How do I find the gif for the Hartford region or northeast having a heck of a time

Hey Derrek, did you ever get one set for Ct? 

I only get it to show up as  "link" symbol the chain, not an actual gif. Is the size of the tile thats restricting it? 

CtSeaRay... It sounds like you accidentally created a Shortcut instead of a Media! Shortcuts jump to the image in a new or replacement or pop-up window. Media display right inside a Tile.


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  1. The first one is not a GIF it is Flash.



  2. The second is also not a GIF; it is web page with Javascript with special controls to zoom in and out and more.
  3. Same issue as #2.

For a weather image to work in ActionTiles you must be able to right-click it and have it offer a "Save As" or "Open in New Tab" option, and the result must end in .GIF, .JPG, or .PNG.
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Here is a great directory with animated GIFs of US Radar feeds. It takes some work to find what you want, but they are all in there. https://radar.weather.gov/lite/N0R/


Eastern Washington for example

Thank you so much!!!!! Right when I was about to giveup, I found mine! Too bad they couldn't organize that in a different way! At least by State! Either way I found mine, it's a GIF, and I'm happy! Thanksssss....

The GIF can be found by starting at this national map: https://radar.weather.gov/index_lite.htm


Click through twice (the first click gets a static image, the second is a GIF loop). Then using a desktop browser you can easily using the F12 (or right-click / Inspect) option to get the URL for the GIF.

Working on my panels and as I'm learning more I now want to make a weather style panel. My question is how do you go about inputting a url into a tile. I've seen videos of traffic cams and radar cams but I'm not sure the steps needed to try this. Do I need to make more dth in ST?

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  1. Create a Media object.
  2. Use it as a Tile on any Panel.

Can't find any good urls to put in. Even tried the one above and all I get is a small image file in the upper left corner. Tried on both browsers. I sure I'm missing something. I'm creating a media tile which opens up a location to put in a url which I assume is where I put a traffic or weather cam url. Is this somewhat correct in theory? Thanks for the advise

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What exact browsers, browsing devices are you testing with?  We just got a new Topic saying that Mac Safari might not be working, even if iPad and iPhone are...

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I use this regional map from weather underground. 

What refresh interval do you use? I assume it never refreshes if left blank - having it up to date would be ideal but not sure if having a very low refresh interval causes performance problems.

A very low refresh rate is definitely not necessary! The Weather Underground surely doesn't load up a new image GIF more than once every 5 minutes ... perhaps even 15 minutes or more.

I too am using this one.  Here's how you guys can set it up.  They have 40+ different US regions you can select


Go here and select your region: 

https://www.wunderground.com/weather-radar/united-states/


Then click "Image Link" at the bottom right hand side of the map image to get the gif.

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Hi all - was also looking at forecast (rather than radar) and came across this great contributed site - now have a weather forecast tile setup


Media Tile Generator (MTG was jggdev/atiles): Weather, Calendar, News


Mine looks like this:


how did you get it like that? much different then the link you posted.


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I see you've got yours set to the "sballoz" color scheme....what are the hex codes there for the jggdev URL parameters?

Has anyone found any for Australia?

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There are some for Australia here BeliefMedia.


Scroll down and you'll see a link for Current radar image at...


Not sure what their scraping policy is. Best to check their TOS.

Mark - I looked around but couldn't find anything useful (all the radar images were scripts or live maps, not animated gif).  Are you looking for a city region or whole nation?  Can you post links to local TV stations?   They sometimes have radar and forecast gif files.  

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Thanks Kevin. 

nine.com.au

ten.com.ay

seven.com.au


I'd really like these though: 

http://www.skyweather.com.au/maps-radar/radar/nsw/sydney

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR713.loop.shtml


And any horizontal forecast like the one Lard post above would be fantastic. Ultimately, if there was a way to scrape a part of a site using an iframe (or something similar) and put that into a tile, this would be the perfect outcome.

Cheers, Mark

Unfortunately I still can't find anything for animated gif radar.  They have to be out there somewhere.  Here are a couple maps, not animated radar though...


This should get you the forecast like Lard's:

http://jggdev.com/atiles/weather.php?loc=sydney&country=au&units=metric

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Thanks ever so much Kevin. Really appreciate the help.

Richard, I have not been able to find the one with Texas and the cloud cover....That is just what I want.  Thanks

ohhh, that is a great one.  Just added to my panel.  Thanks

For the life of me I can't get this to work.  How do I get the url?  Mine is always missing the background and is showing the wrong location.  I live in Wisconsin.

What web page are you scraping from? A lot of sources are not simply GIF or JPG and will not work.

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Right... those are complex layers managed by Javascript (etc.) on the source web pages. They are not scrapable & embeddable images compatible with Media Tiles.

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This isn't animated but should work



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I use one of these on my panel as well, updates every few hours as the station updates their forecast


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Here's the site I scraped those from
http://www.weau.com/weather


I basically just right click on one of the images / animations I want and then click "open in new tab".  If it opens up as a gif / jpeg then I know it'll work as a media tile.


Takes some hunting around to find an image source that isn't layered (they'll open as the background layer in a new tab)

hi! Anyway to get this for chile ? Santiago of chile will

Be great

I can’t find any way;( thanks 

Are there any local tv stations that provide weather reports?  I have to assume there's a Santiago TV station doing that.  If you can link to some of those I can help you scrape the image

Hi I need help I want to see weather information about Machesney Park, IL, 61115

Hi Emerson...


Sometimes it will just take a lot of searching...

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That type of weather image source will not work.


You need to find a plain simple GIF, JPG, or PNG. If you can right-click on a weather image and it gives you an "open in new Tab" or "save image as..." option, then that specific URL (from the new tab...) is likely to work in a Media Tile.

how do you do this if you can save the image as? i am using windows 10 and don't see open in new tab on any picture anymore.

Simple answer: Don't use Edge for this purpose. Chrome and Firefox still have "Open image in new tab / window".

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thanks, worked like a charm!

Anyone have a current temperature tile?

What do you mean by a "Current Temperature Tile"?


If you have the SmartThings "SmartWeather Device" installed, then it has Capability "Temperature" and you can create a plain Temperature Sensor Tile from it.  SmartThings Weather Tile Device and Weather Tile

Does this require an actual device, though?


I'm looking for something that displays the current temperature (and high/low & conditions?) similarly to the way jggdev displays the forecast.

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No "actual device" required.


The SmartThings Weather Tile Device is virtual. It uses information from SmartThings's Weather Underground subscription.


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For Chicago region / Midwest US, I've tested radar images & radar loops in ActionTiles from AccuWeather (which don't work / don't auto-refresh in ActionTiles), Intellicast (http://images.intellicast.com/WxImages/Radar/spi.gif), National Weather Service ( https://radar.weather.gov/lite/N0R/LOT_loop.gif ), Weather Underground ( https://icons.wxug.com/data/weather-maps/radar/united-states/springfield-illinois-region-current-radar.gif ) and various local Chicago TV stations like CBS 2, NBC 5, ABC 7, WGN 9 & FOX 32:



The one I like best is the 24 hr forecast RPM model radar loop from local Chicago WGN 9 TV (lower right Tile):

  https://wxgfx.tribtv.com/wgn/WGNTV_RPM_Forecast_Metro_A610.gif

Can anyone help me find one for Barrie Ontario Canada..having a hard time getting anything.


Thanks

The only thing I can find for Canada are separate GIF files generated every 10 minutes, e.g.:

  https://weather.gc.ca/data/radar/detailed/temp_image//WKR/WKR_PRECIP_SNOW_2018_01_01_18_00.GIF

where '*2018_01_01_18_00*' is the timestamp of the radar image.  That doesn't help.  What you really want is a single GIF file that is being periodically updated by the host site with current info, and I can't find any Canada radar sites doing that.


These are images from local CTV station in Barrie:

  https://static.ctvnews.ca/ckvr/WSI/300_bar_radar_mid_ont.gif?ver=2524724

  https://static.ctvnews.ca/ckvr/WSI/CTV_15_5-day_simcoe.png?ver=a2524724

However, those GIF / PNG images have a "ver=..." attached, so I'm not sure if that file version will always display the most current info.  Hope that helps.

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For anyone in NYC - 


ACCUWEATHER 7 Day Forecast: 

http://dig.abclocal.go.com/wabc/weather/web7day.jpg


ACCUTRACK Radar (Boroughs)

http://cdn.abclocal.go.com/three/wabc/weather/16_9/hd/wabc_d_1_1280.jpg


And what it looks like in ActionTiles:

Hi everyone, I'm looking for a 5-7 weather forecast tile for Miami FL (33178). I have looked through most of the local TV/Weather news channels available but I haven't found any url link (.gif, .jpg, .png) that can be used for this specific area. 


The one for NYC published by Isaac Bergman looks incredible. I wish to find something similar for Miami.


Thank you!

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If you cannot find any - you can build your own as per the following :

https://support.actiontiles.com/forums/12-actiontiles-forum/topics/3169-weather-tile-widget-generation-from-theweathercom/


https://www.theweather.com/widget/


and here is an example for the result (using this method) :




Try and play with it - you may like it.

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Juval, this is fantastic. I could made my own customized widget. Thank you!!!

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You should thanks the guy who publish the original note... I'm just the messenger :) But I must give you the credit for making it nicer than what I did ! Lucky you - you are around ~80F we are in the low 30F :)

Here are a couple recent for Texas. These are not animated. The first one updates every hour and the second every 15 minutes.


Oh, yes, here in Texas myself.  Can you please post the URL for these?  Want to show my husband and see which he likes better.  Thanks

http://www.kvue.com/img/wx/resize/cdn.tegna-media.com/kvue/weather/txnowrad16x9.jpg?,mode=pad&width=575&height=323&scale=both&bgcolor=000000
https://sirocco.accuweather.com/nx_mosaic_640x480_public/sir/inmsirtxe.gif

Why is the second url. from the post above this one...... the sirocco.accuweather one.... showing blank at times???? sometimes it shows the radar and sometimes it is blank???

  1. What refresh rate are you using?
  2. What browser are you using? Please try in another browser for comparison.
  3. Keep in mind that scraping an image from any commercial website (including Accuweather, obviously), is considered "stealing". I do not know if Accuweather.com as any measures in place to block embedding of their content, but that can be one possible explanation for inconsistent results.

Hi I'm new to Action Tiles and was wondering if someone could help with a weather tile issue. I'm using AT on a 2nd Generation (2012) kindle fire with the standard silk browser (have tried to install other browsers but none will install). It works well. However when I created a weather tile using the link to the UK weather map posted by Terry above the tile is just grey. The address works fine in a separate tab but as I say it's just grey in action tiles. Have tried different refresh rates. Any pointers gratefully received.


http://images.intellicast.com/WxImages/SatelliteLoop/hieusat_None_anim.gif

It's working fine for me on a newer Fire Tablet.


You may have figure out how to upgrade the OS, or install the Google Play Store so you can install Chrome, or install "Fully Browser Kiosk Lockdown" from the APK on its website.



...Terry.

Hi thanks for the response unfortunately with this old a Kindle I've tried all the options you suggest and none of them were possible (the OS is up to date).  However I have just discovered a setting that actually solved the grey tile problem. In Settings/Applications/Silk Browser under Advanced there is an option to "Load Images" it was unticked on my kindle. Ticking it sorted the problem. Thanks though. Great App. 


This probably isn't the right place to ask the question but there isn't an option for 1/2 height tiles is there?

Cheers

That's good news, John (re: grey tiles / load images).


No 1/2 height Tiles. The minimum grid unit is 1x1. Maybe sometime we'll design 1/2 Tiles with perhaps no or slimmed headers / footers. Not super likely, though.

This is what i've got going on.
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Hi, am new to AT as well. I am looking for Singapore weather gif that gives a 4-7 days forecast.

Been googling for past few days but no success.

Anyone can help.

Much appreciated!


Terry, I am enjoying the trial AT and will purchase the app soon

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The TV station forecast images are getting harder to find.  My local station changed to a new system recently and I can't find any others.


Someone above posted this site which allows you to make a weather widge image... 

https://www.theweather.com/widget/



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Thank you, Kevin1

I was able to use theweather.com to customize the widget and generate a png code.

Its working now. I will celebrate and drink a pint on your behalf :)

My best success comes from stripping them from TV stations' websites.  They seem to be the best aspect ratio and frequently updated.  You might poke around the websites of Singapore's TV stations.

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Any Australian users here ? Hoping to find a nice weather map (mainly showing any rainfall) for Melbourne


thanks

Alright, I know the information has been gone through over and over, but I cannot for the life of me find a weather out look that will work. I just want a tile that will stay refreshed that displays like the next 5 days of weather, and the current temp with the real feel and wind speed would be nice. Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361

@TimPowers You can make a custom forecast with...  https://www.theweather.com/widget/

I use the SmartThings weather tile to create ActionTile tile for current conditions with "feels like"



Any have a 5 day for atlanta?

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You can make a custom one with...  https://www.theweather.com/widget/


@Muntash