Support » Plugin: National Weather Service Alerts » Inaccurate

  • “The NWS Alerts plugin database tables are fully setup and the plugin is ready to be used.”
    Other than the fact that this plugin is a bit intrusive as far as the header design goes, it appears to be inaccurate as well. It claims to offer “National Weather Service” alerts for any specified State but reads “There are currently no active weather alerts”, when in fact there were currently 12 active alerts for my State at the time.
    My desire would be to find something that is actually up to date, and in widget form, as opposed to taking over the header settings.

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  • Plugin Author John Russell

    (@laubsterboy)

    Hi, miskywarn. I’m sorry to hear that you’re unhappy with the plugin. There are plans to provide additional layout options for the NWS Alerts header (among other things), and allow it to auto-hide when there are no active weather alerts. Any specific feedback that you can provide as to how the header layout can be improved will certainly be taken into consideration.

    As for the accuracy of the alerts provided, the plugin only displays weather “warnings” (as opposed to “watched” and “advisories”) by default and you must add a code snippet to your theme functions.php file to modify the list of allowed alerts. Please read this support thread for additional details: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/doesnt-display-any-alerts-when-they-are-issued

    Also, the NWS Alerts plugin includes a widget (called “NWS Alerts”) that can be found in the standard “Appearance” > “Widgets” page. There is also an “nws_alerts” shortcode with documentation provided here: https://github.com/laubsterboy/national-weather-service-alerts

    If you still find that the plugin provides an inaccurate account of current alerts please open a support thread and I will work with you to get it fixed.

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