Spring brings with it fresh life, blooming flowers and incredible storms in some parts of the country. The old expression of March arrives like a lion and comes out like a lamb which is especially true in the southeast and Midwest, where spring storms are accompanied by damaging, dangerous tornadoes.
Meteorology has advanced in amazing ways. People now have a better idea when dangerous weather arrives, but even if they pay attention – and even then, if there is a lot going on in the house, it can be difficult to hear the alert.
Smart lights can alert you to severe weather, and the visual aspect of your color-changing lights will warn you to take cover – or at least be on the lookout for the possibility of dangerous weather. The key lies in connecting your smart lights to the National Weather Service through tools such as IFTTT.
RSS Feeds Can Save Your Life
When nature works, you can only cover. An EF5 tornado has a wind speed of 200 mph and sometimes over 320 mph. These twins can stay on the ground for miles and leave a trail of destruction on their way.
The only option is to seek shelter for someone en route to one of these storms. Even a relatively “weak” tornado can tear down roofs from homes and leave thousands of dollars worth of damage in its wake.
The National Weather Service provides real-time updates to the entire country regarding potentially severe weather. When the conditions for the construction of a tornado are fixed, it is called a tornado clock. This means that a tornado has the potential to appear within a series of storms. When someone is actually seen, whether in person or on the Doppler radar, a storm warning is issued.
The National Weather Service’s RSS feed is a great tool to keep on hand, if only to know the weather in your area. You will get an alert whenever a weather alert is issued for your county or your zone.
It becomes even more useful if you connect it to IFTTT.
Yellow means looking out, red means duck
One of the triggers of IFTTT is RSS feeds. You will need a URL for your region, but it is easy to find. Go to the National Weather Service website and scroll down to find out your state. Select your state, and then choose whether to sort by zone or county.
Think of the areas as more focused areas. In many cases, counties and zones will be similar, but larger counties may have different zones. For example, Atlanta, Georgia is found in Fulton County, but Fulton County is divided into two regions: North Fulton and South Fulton.
Click on the code next to the name of your county or region, and then copy the URL. Enter it in the “Feed URL” section of IFTTT and create your trigger.
Now select your brand of smart light from the “Then” list. IFTTT is compatible with a large range of brands, including leading names such as Philips Hue and LIFX. Choose your lighting and set the colors to change to your liking.
Whenever an alert is issued, you can simple and change your light to yellow or red, or you can make the dishes more complex and change the color to match specific types of alerts. For example, you might set green for a flash flood warning, yellow for a strong thunderstorm, and red for a tornado warning.
If there are clouds in the sky (or it is night) and the light suddenly changes color, then you know how to handle yourself.
A life guard was impaired for hearing
Almost everyone knows that static beep-beep-beep TVs make whenever they issue a storm warning. It draws your attention long enough that reading the ticker at the bottom of the screen shows what is at risk and whether the counties are at risk.
But what about those who don’t even listen? If you or a family member has hearing loss or is completely deaf, you may not know to watch out for severe weather. It’s one thing when a hurricane has been in the news for a week – it’s something else entirely when these storms pop up from anywhere.
A visual warning like changing light color will attract the attention of a deaf person when audible signals cannot. When the worst nature is impacting a neighborhood, this facility can save a life.
Even if you are in perfect health, an additional warning system only helps to make your home safe. During this time of year when storms are unpredictable and even regular rain showers sometimes become very powerful, stay on your weather radio and use your smart light as a secondary warning system Let it work.