Will you need an umbrella this afternoon? Will a fine day grow sweltering and require flip-flops? Your Amazon Echo Daily Briefing can answer these questions. But, as Taylor Martin at CNET explains, it can answer them better if you make a few quick changes to your account.
Meteorologists are scientists, not fortune-tellers. They analyze the data they have to assemble their best estimate of weather conditions over the next few hours, days, and weeks. These estimates can vary widely depending on the sources of the data and the variables included in the calculation. Some forecasters are just plain better than others.
One of the most popular is Dark Sky, an app that offers hyperlocal weather reports centered on a user’s exact whereabouts. Dark Sky uses its own proprietary weather service, which has been adapted for Alexa by a third-party function called Big Sky.
As CNET explains, this is how you add Big Sky capability to your Echo:
- Go to alexa.amazon.com or tap to open the Alexa app on iOS or Android.
- In the left menu, go to Skills.
- Search for Big Sky.
- Tap or click Enable Skill.
- To create a Big Sky account, select Create One.
- Select a username and password.
- Log in and enter your address.
- Decide how detailed you want your forecast to be.
- Select Fahrenheit or Celsius and click Submit.
To get your forecast for the day, head to your Echo and say "Alexa, open Big Sky." You can also ask Alexa to consult the app with specific questions. "Alexa, ask Big Sky: will it rain in the next six hours?" "Alexa, what’s the high temperature today?"
From there, you'll have to make your fashion and accessory choices yourself.