BloomSky and IFTTT: if [BloomSky] then [that]

By bringing together BloomSky and IFTTT your weather station is now smarter and more connected than ever. Learn how to take advantage of this brilliantly simple way to link devices, apps, and services.


 

Update: January 7, ’16

We’re excited to announce two new triggers to the BloomSky channel: we now have high and low temperature threshold available!

Your BloomSky can trigger actions based on a set temperature. For example, you can have BloomSky trigger your connected thermostat to turn on (or off) when an outside temperature is reached. Maybe you want to get an alert when it gets too cold for outdoor pets, or even record the number of days of high temperature on a Google spreadsheet. Tell us about your recipe in the comment section below.


 

 

What is IFTTT?

IFTTT is a simple, yet powerful statement – “if this, then that” – connecting devices, services, and apps. The user builds a “recipe”, which consists of a trigger (if this) and an action (then that), then just sit back and let the connections happen.

I first started using IFTTT four years ago when I stumbled across their website while searching for the end of the internet one boring evening. Even though 2011 wasn’t that long ago, there weren’t that many things to connect using the service; today there are literally hundreds, if not thousands of possibilities. The list of channels is massive – DropBox, Instagram, Nest, Amazon Alexa, Philips Hue, just to name a few key players.

 

 

What Can BloomSky and IFTTT Do For Me?

bloomsky and iftttBy connecting a home weather station to IF you can now monitor and adjust almost any smart device around your home, or simply automate processes associated with your BloomSky. What’s more is that you aren’t limited to your BloomSky – you can use data coming from any station that you follow on the BloomSky network to build your recipes (recipe idea: know if rain is heading your way – set an IFTTT recipe to receive a text if a station near you gets a rain alert).

You can also use IF to automate processes during your day – everything from the convenient to the geeky. Want to archive weather data for future reference? – use IF to write the data on a Goggle Sheet automatically, then graph the long range changes. Or you can automate Instagram posting from your BloomSky using another IF recipe.

 

 

What’s Next?

The number of BloomSky and IFTTT triggers will continue to grow, and we look forward to suggestions from our community on new triggers to add. What are you using your BloomSky and IFTTT to do? What do you want it to do next? Add a comment below or Tweet your ideas @BloomSky with the tag #IFTTT.

If you need help setting your BloomSky up with IFTTT, send an email to our support team or DM @BloomSkySupport on Twitter.

 

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  • cjohlandt

    Please add sunrise and sunset triggers. I’m not always home and it would be great to automatically email/SMS/whatever a picture of sunrise and sunset.

    • Good idea! We’ll pass that along to the developers. Meanwhile, you could set IFTTT to grab a picture around the time sun sets in your area.

    • john

      Good idea! We’ll pass that along to the developers. Meanwhile, you could set IFTTT to grab a picture around the time sun sets in your area.

      • cjohlandt

        Thanks John. I’ve already got it setup up to send me a picture close to sunset, but it would be really nice not to have to change the recipe every week or so.

  • RandomThinker

    Bloomsky to Instagram with photo or Timelapse would be perfect.

    • john

      Thanks for the feedback! Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t allow third party programs (like IFTTT) to publish on their network. To publish an image or video on Instagram they require you to do it from the Instagram app. However, you can share an image from the BloomSky app into Instagram and publish manually.

  • Steve

    Would it be possible to add a light level trigger for use with Hue and WeMo targets? That would mean lights would come on during an usually dark and cloudy day.

    • john

      That’s a good one!
      We’ll pass that to the engineers to see if we can make it another trigger. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  • John Scherer

    If you could add barometric pressure and/or its general trend over say a 24 hour period, as a trigger for IFTTT, that would be Greeeeaaaattt.

    Seriously though, it would be helpful to have this as an indicator because as I’m sure you guys/gals are aware, the trends in barometric pressure can be an indicator of specific weather that may or may not be approaching..

    • john

      Hi John, thanks for the question!
      We are in fact working on that capability, but we need to migrate to a new backend server (due in January) for that functionality. Unfortunately, the way IFTTT works is by “looking” at the most recent data set, rather than over a group of sets over time (like – air pressure now compared to an hour ago). So once our new backend is up and running, we’ll be able to add “rising, falling or steady” as a new data point to send to IFTTT.
      Cross your fingers!

  • Base Camp

    Can we also get the option to use the forecast data? In particular I would like to trigger events based on the upcoming forecast showing rain.

    • john

      Hi Base Camp, Interesting idea! We’ll add that to the mix. Also, perhaps a trigger when a certain amount of rain is collected, or winds above a certain speed? I like it!

  • 程肯

    The issue I have is that the triggers keep triggering, running down the battery at night. So, if it’s raining, or if the temp is too low or too high, I get a constant alert with picture, every 5 minutes. If it’s nighttime, the battery is wiped out by morning.

    • john

      Hello, please send our customer support team an email so they can help you trouble shoot the issue. You can reach them at ‘support@bloomsky.com’.