@Scutley, this is an excellent idea. I was a little shocked to see no one has done this yet!
@ilovelamp94, yes, you are correct, the NWS has a free use API for grabbing location based severe weather alerts. We can get this data straight from the source!
I built a proof of concept. It gets all active severe weather alert headlines from the NWS for a selected location, then scrolls them across the screen. It worked as predicted meaning this is all very feasible. I’m going to try and put something together over the next week or so to submit as a Community App.
Features I’ll try to immediately implement:
Skip being displayed on the Tidbyt unless there is either an active severe weather alert for the chosen location, or there is an error getting data from the NWS. Alternatively, have this as a toggle option for users that want visual assurance every display cycle that there are no alerts.
Bold visuals and animation to draw attention from periphery when there is an alert.
Images for various alert types.
Potential additional features:
Since there is a way to generate QR codes for display on the Tidbyt, it would be nice to provide a quick way for the user to view all available alert information from another device. There may be a couple of challenges to this that I’d have to explore first.
Allow user to turn on a test alert to see how they’ll display on their Tidbyt.