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Alexa Skills: Better and More Detailed Weather Information

The default weather information that comes integrated as part of the Alexa service is valuable and it may be one of the most used capabilities. My entire family uses this capability every morning to figure out how to best dress for the day. Is it cold? Will it rain?

But, even as valuable as this is, it could be better.

A new skill, called Big Sky, is an amazing upgrade for Alexa’s weather capabilities. Big Sky uses the Dark Sky API to give hyper-local forecasts, hour-by hour, tied to your actual street address. The skill requires that you link your Alexa account to the Big Sky servers and you can choose to either supply your general zip code, or your specific address to get extremely detailed weather information.

You can ask things like…

“Alexa, ask Big Sky what the high temperature will be for today?”
“Alexa, ask Big Sky if will it rain in the next three hours?”
“Alexa, ask Big Sky if will it rain before 10 pm?”
“Alexa, ask Big Sky for the humidity at 4 pm?”
“Alexa, ask Big Sky what the wind speed will be in three hours?”
“Alexa, ask Big Sky what will be the low temperature in the next seven days?”
“Alexa, ask Big Sky about this weekend’s weather.”
“Alexa, ask Big Sky when will the sunrise on Saturday?”
“Alexa, ask Big Sky what is the weather on Friday?”

You can locate the Big Sky Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: Big Sky

Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.


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