Twitter Weather AlertsLets face it, some of us are on Twitter more than we are paying attention to most other forms of communication. We can tell you what was recently blogged, but we sometimes have no idea what’s going on outside our window with the weather. Wouldn’t it be nice to get them to come to you, via Twitter? Now you can.

I’ve used a combination of dlvr.it and Weather.gov weather alert feeds to post updates to Twitter. Now when a storm is coming, I can know!

If you live in the Twin Cities, you can visit the Twin Cities Twitter Alerts page and choose to follow one of the seven metro counties. They are nicely broken out so that you can choose to only get alerts that matter to you based on your location.

Live outside the Twin Cities metro and still want alerts? Well I don’t have time to set them all up, but we can work together cover more locations. Here is how we do it.

  1. Setup a new Twitter account specifically for your county.
  2. Setup an account at dlvr.it. If you already have one, than you don’t need a new one.
  3. Head to weather.gov’s weather alerts feed page and find the feed for your state and county.
  4. Setup your dlvr.it account with your new Twitter information and Weather.gov feed. We only need to post one new item and set it to update every 15 minutes.
  5. Share the Twitter account!

Once you have Twitter weather alerts setup for you county, drop the Twitter account in the comments here and I’ll build out a list.

Please keep in mind that these alerts are good for being warned when conditions are right for storms. They are not good for up to the minute weather information. Turn on the TV or head to weather.gov when you need to know what’s happening right this moment.