[PD] worldwide weather forecast into PD

B. Bogart ben at ekran.org
Wed Jun 25 19:00:25 CEST 2008

Hey there,

Are you using the data for a performance or installation?

I used live weather data (from an APRS packet radio gateway) parsed from
a website.

It was the worst mistake I made.

The installation ran for a couple years but had four problems:

1. The format of the webpage changed, I rewrote it.

2. The power went down.

3. The power went down again.

4. The website went down.

Now I know not to depend on any external infrastructure.

Using your own weather station would be very stable (they are not as
expensive as they sound). Or perhaps there is some more stable way to
get at the APRS data than a website.

APRS is nice because there are hundreds of weather stations all over the
world, are interlinked by packet radio network. The problem in my case
was the internet gateway.


altern wrote:
> hi
> anyone knows of an online worldwide forecast service? I am developing 
> some python scripts with Pyext external that retrieve different type of 
> data from the net into PD.
> At the moment i have been using yahoo weather, this is quite handy 
> because they have RSS feed that can be easily manipulated from python 
> and returned into PD.
> Currently i have scripts that tell me the external IP of my computer and 
>   another one that uses the IP to retrieve geolocation data (lat, long, 
> nearby city, country ), using this i think i should be able to ask yahoo 
> for weather data of an specific city and country and from there access 
> the RSS.
> However I think there are some copyright issues with yahoo weather. I 
> read a notice in the HTML source of yahoo weather saying that this data 
> is not to be used without permission
> " ...You are prohibited from using or repurposing this data in any way 
> without express written consent from Yahoo! ..."
> I guess i could pretend i did not see the notice but maybe there is some 
> worldwide forecast service that would allow me to use the data?
> thanks
> enrike
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