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Talking NWS Weather Forecast

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eclectic-tech
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Talking NWS Weather Forecast

eclectic-tech » January 25th, 2019, 9:53 pm

Talking NWS Weather Forecast (U.S.A. Only)
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With the apparent lose of WUnderground's feed, I looked for alternate sources and decided to develop a version based on the National Weather Service's data. They make text only forecasts available for the U.S.A., but unfortunately not for other countries. This package will show temperature graphs for any weather.com location, but no forecast for locations outside the U.S.A.

A Locator (based on JSMorley's WXDataWeatherLocator) is included to set your location and obtain the forecast, if available for your region, and temperatures and conditions for the coming week.

Comments Welcomed!

V 2.2019.01.26.2
Modified to use 'Updated' Speech plugin V 1.1.0.0 by JSMorley
Removed 'MSSpeak Addon ... This reduced the package by over 95%! Thanks Jeff :thumbup:
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MikeG621
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Re: Talking NWS Weather Forecast

MikeG621 » January 28th, 2019, 6:09 pm

Yeah, the WU feed sometimes just borks itself, or they change the format for a day or two. It's pretty annoying, as that means I maintain 2 or 3 sets of WebParser measures, depending the current feed format. The outage is normally temporary; mine is working right now but I also use the normal RSS, not the API feed.
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Re: Talking NWS Weather Forecast

eclectic-tech » January 28th, 2019, 8:20 pm

MikeG621 wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Yeah, the WU feed sometimes just borks itself, or they change the format for a day or two. It's pretty annoying, as that means I maintain 2 or 3 sets of WebParser measures, depending the current feed format. The outage is normally temporary; mine is working right now but I also use the normal RSS, not the API feed.
From what I can see the RSS feed is going to be stopped Feb 15, 2019.
So I went a totally different direction and scrape a text-only page from the National Weather Service. Sadly this means forecast are only available for US territories. I don't like to "scrape webpages" for the reason you mention; any slight change to the site code will cripple the skin.

But with the WU feed apparently disappearing, I figured some forecast is better than none. :D
SCR
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Re: Talking NWS Weather Forecast

SCR » February 11th, 2019, 7:41 pm

I agree with your assessment of Forecasts "some better then none."

Thank you for making this available.