Jul 04

Last year I promised to post the scripts used to obtain and announce the current and forecasted weather conditions over our home speakers. We have a couple of key fobs in various locations of the house that can be used to trigger announcing of the current and forecasted weather conditions. Those key fobs use RF signals to trigger X-10 commands which are then used to execute the script below. The Cepstral Text to Speech (TTS) utility is used to announce the current conditions and forecast over our home speakers. Here’s an example of an announcement.icon

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Jul 04

Last year I hacked away at some scripts to report on current weather conditions and to announce caller ID information through our home ceiling speakers.  I had also hacked away at an initial script to poll the US National Weather Service for severe weather alerts associated with our area.
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Although the severe weather alert script seemed to be reliable, my family – including the dog – weren’t too pleased about hearing an emergency buzzer and alert broadcast every few minutes while a severe weather alert was in effect. To keep the family and dog in harmony, I did some more hacking to:

  • Announce the weather alert twice and then be quiet for a period of time
  • Override the quiet period when a more severe alert occurs

I’ve also published the current source code for people to leverage.
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Mar 23

As the severe thunderstorm and tornado season approaches, I wanted to see if I could modify our home server to easily obtain US National Weather Service weather warnings and broadcast them over our home ceiling speakers.  Sure, a simple weather radio works, but that’s just another device that takes batteries and is located in only one room.  It also doesn’t allow for any customization.
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