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Old 05-03-17, 08:25 AM
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I'm glad you enjoy it!

This morning, I had a typical conversation with a cow-orker:

Him: "Looks like it'll be cooler today"

Me: "Oh yeah? I never pay attention to the weather forecasts"

Him: "And hey, did you see it's going to be raining next week?"

Me: "No, that's good to know"

So rain's coming! I'll let y'all know how my IFTTT alert works.

(BTW as the conversation developed, we both agreed it's strange to get rain this late in the year)
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It works! I got an email this morning from "me"

Subject: AM Showers Tomorrow!
Body: With a low of 53F and a high of 66F
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Please show us how you did it.
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Click here
Click 'Turn On'
Sign up for IFTTT
Done

I didn't write my own perl script yet.
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So did you get rained on?
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Click here
Click 'Turn On'
Sign up for IFTTT
Done

I didn't write my own perl script yet.
Super. I turned it on for myself. Let's see how it does.
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So did you get rained on?
Barely. Had a group ride on Sat, our "Port-to-Port-to-Port-to-Port", from San Clemente to Ocean Beach, stopping at every Pizza Port for pizza and/or beer. There was one shower, but by the time we stopped and put rain gear on, it was almost over. The big problem was headwind all day long.
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Weird thing was though, I got a rain alert on Friday, for Saturday, but I got no email on Saturday, and it was chucking it down on Sunday!

Today though, just wet streets.
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Monday morning and Tuesday morning I opened the garage door to see wet streets, and got a couple rain drops on the way to work, but I had not gotten an email alert.

So it could be that the forecast did not say rain, so I didn't get an alert. That would be fine. I don't consider the few drops to be actual rain, and I would not want to have geared up just for that.

Or it could be that the forecast did say rain, and the alert failed.

I have no way of knowing. (Both days I forgot to check the weather forecast to see if it said 'rain' to double-check -- showing my fundamental inability to remember to check the forecast)
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BTW, since you got me interested, I asked IFTTT to warn me about rain, too. It was weird receiving an email from myself. I've gotten about three by now.
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Stiff onshore breeze means the weather is about to change.
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Status update, for anybody that cares (if you don't, there's an unsubscribe function up there in Thread Tools...)

Sunday afternoon, Jul 2, there was a 5-minute shower at my house. I had not gotten an email alert.

Last night (overnight Mon/Tue Jul 30/Aug 1) there was some rain, but all done by morning. I did not get an alert.

I just got an alert today though "PM Showers Tomorrow". Looking at tomorrow's forecast, I'm seeing max 5% chance of rain (and 15% right now). We'll see if there's actually any rain, I doubt it, even though it has been oddly humid lately.

Today's alert is the 2nd one I have ever gotten, the other was back on May 5.
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It's supposed to rain in September here.
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As a result of this thread, I'm getting rain alerts. It's weird when they come in, because they come from "me" in email.
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
It's supposed to rain in September here.
For what, like nine months?
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I use the Weather Underground app, which lets you enable push notifications for rain. It does a pretty good job since it's not just for the day, but for the hour! It's been nice to have on days like today where there's a 45% of rain for the day.
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Push notifications vs pull (remembering to check) is the essence of what I want, but it has to push to email, and it can't be a smartphone app. I see WU has a Chrome browser app, it's probably the same, I might try playing around with that.

So checking the weather forecast again today, now it says 45% chance of rain from 2-5pm. I did not bring any rain gear :-(
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Going to be a scorcher up here 100+ inland , 90, right here on the river at the coast.
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They said 40% of thunderstorms this afternoon, and I decided to risk it. Now they're saying the storms will start at 2:30, so they may be done by the time I leave, which is around 5 or 6. In fact, the weather shows the depressions as very small and not that plentiful, so I think I'll be OK. Besides, it's a warm day, so even if I get deluged, I'll be OK.
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For what, like nine months?
Maybe 10
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For those that are keeping score, I got an email on Saturday alerting me of rain forecast for Sunday.

Turned out to be only a few very light passing showers. Definitely to a level I appreciate knowing about it, but also definitely not worth gearing up for.

Anyways it was on Sunday, so not relevant for my commute. But it sure made life nicer around here by ending our heat wave.
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Originally Posted by Moe Zhoost View Post
I may have what you need. I have a friend in San Diego that sends me whiny texts whenever it rains - like it's some biblical plague. Send me your number and I will have him add you to his send list.=
Missed this first time around -- that's funny!
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Do you have access to Doppler radar data? Here's the one I use (in Canada). It's a great aid to know if rain is coming and when to expect it.

https://weather.gc.ca/radar/index_e.html?id=XFT

If it's forecasting rain, I'll check before leaving for work and home and adjust my departure accordingly.
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If it's forecasting rain, I'll check before leaving for work
That's a 'pull' solution, it won't work for me. I'll never know if it's forecasting rain, and I'll never check before leaving for work. I need an email the day/night before (which is what IFTTT gives me)

I got 5min of fat raindrops this morning, no alert yesterday. That's OK, it was just a passing shower, small enough that it was refreshing. Glad I didn't gear up.
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Curious why you'll never know if it's forecasting rain? Between an email push and checking the weather apps, you still have to do something to read the event. The radar map is more for 'fine tuning' where and when the rain will hit.
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