How would like you like to get weather information like this…
EGOV 250950Z 17014KT 9999 FEW017 SCT170 BKN250 16/11 Q1004 BLU NOSIG
TAF EGOV 250736Z 2509/2518 17012KT 9999 FEW022 PROB30 TEMPO 2514/2517 7000 -RA BECMG 2516/2518 BKN018
…instantly on any device?
With one free app and another free account, you can.
It works by combining your AutoRouter account with the new Telegram Messenger app. Here’s how to get it set up:
Go to http://router.euroga.org/ and open a free account
Download Telegram Messenger for all the devices you want to use
Associate Telegram with your mobile telephone number
In Telegram, search for “autorouter” (it’s a bot) and send it a message
It will reply that it doesn’t know who you are because you need to link the Autorouter account with the Autorouter bot
Tap on the safety pin, find yourself in the contacts list, and send it your mobile number
It should all be configured now, so try sending “radar” to the autorouter bot and get back something like the first image in this post. If that works, try “sferics” to get lightning strikes or “EGLL” to get the Heathrow weather.
There are tons of commands available. If you enter one that the bot doesn’t understand, it replies with the list of supported commands. Since it doesn’t understand “help”, that’s what I use to remind me what’s available.
- Supported commands:
- CANCEL – cancel the next flight plan.
- PLATES – AIP plates
- SUBSCRIBE – subscription management
- GRAMET – vertical route profile
- SIGMET – European SIGMET
- SFERICS – lightning strikes
- RADAR – rain radar
- SATIR – infrared satellite
- TOPS – infrared with cloud tops estimation
- MSLP – mean sea level pressure analysis
- SIGWX – significant weather
- TEMSI – European TEMSI forecast
- TEMSIFRANCE – French TEMSI
- AIRSPACES – Active airspace information
- GAFORSLOVENIA – Slovenian GAFOR
- RADARSLOVENIA – Slovenian rain radar
- NORDICSWC – Scandinavian Significant Weather Chart
- DWD – German Met Office products (subscription required)
- Send your location for METAR/TAF in the vicinity
For a complete explanation of how to set it up and the commands available, go to the Autorouter site.
One more thing – if you have an account with the German Weather Service (DWD), perhaps because you have an ADL120 installed in your aircraft, you can get images like this: