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Information from this page is intended for GIS analysts and/or advanced alerting customizations.


Usage

This article applies to the COMMERCIAL EDITION of Weather Defender. You must have the COMMERCIAL UPGRADE installed.

Each layer in your map contains unique columns with specific data values. In the Commercial Edition of Weather Defender, these columns can be used to further customize alert settings.

Email Alert Tokens

To customize and Email alert message, use the {FieldInfo:field} token.

Example (using layer Storm Warnings):
At {Time}, a {FieldInfo:Type} Warning was detected...

Output:
At 3:51 PM, a TORNADO Warning was detected...

Note that fields will only be populated if they correspond to the layer that triggered the alert. If you have many different types of layers being monitored by the same perimeter, the same columns will not always correspond. For example, if both Lightning and Storm Warnings are set to trigger a perimeter, you will not see a Warning type if a lightning strike triggers the alert.

Please See the Layer Reference below for specific columns you can use.



Severe Weather Layers



Lightning Layer

FIELD FORMAT DESCRIPTION
X Number Longitude
Y Number Latitude
5 Number Total strikes detected in the last 5 minutes
10 Number Total strikes detected in the last 10 minutes
20 Number Total strikes detected in the last 20 minutes
60 Number Total strikes detected in the last 60 minutes



Storm Reports Layers

FIELD FORMAT DESCRIPTION
X Number Longitude
Y Number Latitude
ReportTime Time Time of reported event
Type Text Type of event ("HAIL", "SNOW", "TORNADO", etc)
Measurement Text Measurement of event with units (eg, "1.25 INCH")
MeasurementNumber Number Numeric formatting of measurement (no unit)
WDDetails Text Comment/description of event by observer



Watches, Warnings or Advisories Layers (county-filled version)

FIELD FORMAT DESCRIPTION
PHENOMENA Text Type of event
SIGNIFICANC (no 'e') Text Threat-level ("Warning", "Watch", etc)
ISSUED Date/Time Date/Time bulletin was issued
EXPIRES Date/Time Date/Time bulletin expires
CWA Text 4-letter ID of issuing weather station
ETN Number Event Tracking Number
STATE Text State abbreviation
ZONE Number Zone ID
NAME Text Location name
TIME_ZONE Text Time Zone ("C","E", "M", etc)
LON Number Longitude
LAT Number Latitude



Storm Warnings Layer (polygon-outline version)

FIELD FORMAT DESCRIPTION
Number Number Event Tracking Number
Type Text Type of warning ("Tornado", "Severe Thunderstorm", etc)
CWA Number 4-letter ID of issuing weather station
Issued Date/Time Date/Time bulletin was issued
Expires Date/Time Date/Time bulletin expires



Watch Outlines (polygon-outline version)

FIELD FORMAT DESCRIPTION
Number Number Watch Number
Type Text Type of watch ("Tornado", "Severe Thunderstorm", etc)
Issued Date/Time Date/Time bulletin was issued
Expires Date/Time Date/Time bulletin expires



Surface Weather Layers



Temperature Plots

FIELD FORMAT DESCRIPTION
X Number Longitude
Y Number Latitude
Temperature Number Temperature (°F)



Wind Speed Plots

FIELD FORMAT DESCRIPTION
X Number Longitude
Y Number Latitude
WindSpeed Number Wind Speed (MPH)



Support

If you need additional layer specifications or help with configuring alerts, please contact support@swiftweather.com.

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