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Alexa Skills: Weather Underground Comes to Alexa

Weather Underground has, by far, been one of the best sources for customized weather forecasts and data for a long time because the data collected is crowd-sourced.  Weather Underground touts over 250,000 members with all of them utilizing special hardware and synching the data from their personal weather stations directly to the service.  This makes the weather forecasts more timely and more accurate for local areas.

There have been many weather-type skills available for Alexa devices  – even the one that Amazon provides out of the box. But, now someone has put together a Weather Underground skill to take advantage of the rich data collection. The skill can report current conditions including temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, pressure, rain in the past hour, rain in the past day, and much more. You can ask for all conditions or just a specific condition.

Examples of things you can say…

“Alexa. Ask personal weather the current conditions'”
“Alexa. Ask personal weather the temperature'”
“Alexa. Ask personal weather how much rain.”

This skill does take some additional effort to setup, including obtaining a special Weather Underground API and your closest weather station’s ID. The skill’s page in the Amazon skills store contains the step-by-step instructions.

Where to get it: You can locate the Personal Weather – Weather Underground PWS Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: Personal Weather – Weather Underground PWS

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

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