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Weather station scripts - Forecast Canada

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This page was updated Monday, 20-Nov-2017 12:34 PM

Environment Canada forecast script (for www.weatheroffice.gc.ca)

This script is along the lines of the carterlake.org NOAA 5-day script especially for the Canadian stations using Environment Canada as the source of the data. It uses a new set of customized icons with PoP displayed like the www.crh.noaa.gov website used by Tom's script. Examples:

Partly Cloudy PoP: 40% ==> Partly Cloudy
Rain and snow PoP: 100% ==> Rain and snow
Thunderstorm PoP: 70% ==> Thunderstorm

To use it, you need to download the ec-forecast-V5-02.zip file and unzip, then upload to your website. The scripts and GIF icons are included in the zip file. The script also requires the URL for the printable forecast for your area. Instructions are included with the source file and the ec-forecast-README.txt for the script.

As of V2.16, ec-forecast.php now supports the new transparent PNG icons created by Thayer Fox who has kindly permitted distribution from this site.
As of V3.00, the ZIP version contains these PNG icons.

Partly Cloudy PoP: 40% ==> Partly Cloudy
Rain and snow PoP: 100% ==> Rain and snow
Thunderstorm PoP: 70% ==> Thunderstorm

Download and unpack the ec-icons-png.zip and configure the ec-forecast.php to use the .png images in the settings area.

The script supports both English and French languages via the lang=en or lang=fr parameter. A live example of the French version (with lang=fr) is shown below.

FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT IN EFFECT

Observed at: Hamilton Munro Int'l Airport
Date: Tuesday February 20, 2018 at 02:00 EST
Light Rain and Fog
Light Rain and Fog
Temp.: 9.6 °C
Wind: SSW 10 km/h
Humidity: 100 %
Dew point: 9.6 °C
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 0.4 km
Sunrise: 07:11
Sunset: 17:56
Normals:
Max 0°C Min -8°C
Yesterday
  Max: 10.2 °C
  Min: -3.5 °C
  Rainfall: 13.0 mm

 Extended Forecast - Environment Canada
  Tuesday
Periods of rain
Periods of rain
Max: 15°C
Wednesday
Showers
Showers
Max: 12°C
Thursday
Chance of flurries (30%)
Chance of flurries
Max: 1°C
Friday
Periods of rain or snow (40%)
Periods of rain or snow
Max: 3°C
Saturday
Chance of rain showers or flurries (30%)
Chance of rain showers or flurries
Max: 3°C
Sunday
Chance of showers (60%)
Chance of showers
Max: 6°C
Monday night
Periods of rain
Periods of rain
Min: 6°C *
Tuesday night
Chance of showers (60%)
Chance of showers
Min: 10°C
Wednesday night
Cloudy periods
Cloudy periods
Min: -3°C
Thursday night
Cloudy periods
Cloudy periods
Min: -3°C
Friday night
Chance of snow (40%)
Chance of snow
Min: -2°C
Saturday night
Cloudy
Cloudy
Min: 3°C

* - Denotes an abnormal temperature trend.

Forecast

Hamilton, ON (Issued: Monday February 19, 2018 at 20:59 EST)

Tonight
Periods of rain. Fog patches. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 near midnight. Temperature rising to 10 by morning.
Tuesday
Periods of rain. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. Amount 5 mm. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 15.
Tuesday night
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low 10.
Wednesday
Showers. Windy. High 12.
Wednesday night
Cloudy periods. Low minus 3.
Thursday
A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries. High plus 1.
Thursday night
Cloudy periods. Low minus 3.
Friday
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of rain or snow. High plus 3.
Friday night
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of snow. Low minus 2.
Saturday
Cloudy with 30 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. High plus 3.
Saturday night
Cloudy. Low plus 3.
Sunday
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 6.
Averages and extremes
Highest temperature(1960-2011)10.8 °C1994
Lowest temperature(1960-2011)-23.3 °C1966
Average high-0.6 °C 
Average low-8.7 °C 
Average-4.7 °C 
Greatest rainfall(1960-2011)12.7 mm1971
Greatest snowfall(1960-2011)15.6 cm2005
Greatest precipitation(1960-2011)14.4 mm2005
Most snow on the ground(1971-2011)50.0 cm2007
Monthly frequency of precipitation49.0 % 

24 Hour Forecast - Hamilton, ON

Date/Time
(EST)
Temp.
(°C)

Weather Conditions

LOP †
Wind
(km/h)
20 February 2018
03:00 10 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
04:00 10 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
05:00 10 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
06:00 10 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
07:00 10 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
08:00 11 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
09:00 11 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
10:00 12 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
11:00 13 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
12:00 14 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
13:00 15 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
14:00 15 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
15:00 15 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
16:00 15 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
17:00 15 Periods of rain (100%)  Periods of rain High SW 30 gust 50
18:00 15 Chance of showers (60%)  Chance of showers Medium SW 30 gust 50
19:00 15 Chance of showers (60%)  Chance of showers Medium SW 30 gust 50
20:00 14 Chance of showers (60%)  Chance of showers Medium SW 30 gust 50
21:00 13 Chance of showers (60%)  Chance of showers Medium SW 30 gust 50
22:00 12 Chance of showers (60%)  Chance of showers Medium SW 30 gust 50
23:00 12 Chance of showers (60%)  Chance of showers Medium SW 30 gust 50
21 February 2018
00:00 13 Chance of showers (60%)  Chance of showers Medium SW 30 gust 50
01:00 13 Chance of showers (60%)  Chance of showers Medium SW 30 gust 50
02:00 12 Chance of showers (60%)  Chance of showers Medium SW 30 gust 50
 
† Likelihood of Precipitation (LOP) as described in the public forecast as a chance of measurable precipitation for a period of time.
  Nil: 0%
  Low: 40% or below
  Medium: 60% or 70%
  High: Above 70%

Environment Canada

With Version 1.08, a new $currentConditions string is formatted with the current conditions of the selected city. If the city's conditions are based on a nearby airport, then a current conditions icon and short weather description are included. You can enable automatic printout by using $showConditions = true; in the ec-forecast.php script which will cause it to print before the alerts and forecast section. If you're 'quitely' including the script on your page, you can still print $currentConditions; where you'd like the conditions display to appear.

Version 2.00 brings a major rewrite of the script to accomodate a major change in the EC Forecast pages. Included with the .ZIP distribution are the new icons now in use by EC for the forecast site. The V2.00 script is compatible with the prior icon set distributed with the Version 1.nn script.

Version 2.16 included multi-forecast capability, improved diagnostics, support for the new transparent PNG icons, and additional settings for display of date with icon and/or detail forecast legend.

Version 3.00 is a major rewrite to support the EC website changes in October, 2014. The .zip distribution now includes the current .PNG format weather icons with POP stamps.

Version 3.02 has a major change in display of the temperature forecasts with the icons. It is now done by an extract of the value from the detail text forecast instead of the old method of using the values from the icon HTML. This should provide a more consistent presentation of Min/Max values for the icons.

Version 4.02 now uses cURL functions and uses HTTPS to access the EC website.

Version 5.00 is a major rewrite of the script to use the EC XML data instead of page scraping the EC website. V5.00 includes an Almanac and a 24-hour rolling forecast that can be displayed via new settings (default is to display both). The XML parsing should insulate us from further tweaks with the EC website page design as the XML format is unchanged for many years.

Observed at: Hamilton Munro Int'l Airport
Date: Tuesday February 20, 2018 at 02:00 EST
Light Rain and Fog
Light Rain and Fog
Temp.: 9.6 °C
Wind: SSW 10 km/h
Humidity: 100 %
Dew point: 9.6 °C
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 0.4 km
Sunrise: 07:11
Sunset: 17:56
Normals:
Max 0°C Min -8°C
Yesterday
  Max: 10.2 °C
  Min: -3.5 °C
  Rainfall: 13.0 mm

You can also access the 'maxmin' for the location (where available on the EC site) by using

 <?php
print "For this date:<br/>\n";
print $conditions['maxmin'] . "<br/>\n";
?>

which would show:

For this date:
Normals: Max 0°C Min -8°C

Environment Canada Forecast PHP script: demo, in-page demo, and download package ,
download ec-forecast.php source only
download required ec-forecast-lookup.txt source only [ see version history ].

Version history

  • Version 5.02 - 20-Nov-2017 - added wind-gust display to conditions box and hourly display, fix no conds icon issue
  • Version 5.01 - 07-Nov-2017 - added windchill display to conditions box
  • Version 5.00 - 27-Sep-2017 - major rewrite of the script to use EC XML data instead of page scraping the EC website. Added Almanac and 24-hour rolling forecast displays.
  • Version 4.03 - 31-Aug-2017 - fixes for icons due to EC website changes
  • Version 4.02 - 22-Feb-2017 - force HTTPS to EC website, improved error handling
  • Version 4.01 - 27-Oct-2016 - fix for conditions icon extract, yesterday data, use curl fetch for URL
  • Version 4.00 - 22-Oct-2016 - rewrite for major EC website design changes
  • Version 3.05 - 16-Dec-2015 - fixes for temperature forecast wording changes+extraction
  • Version 3.04 - 14-Dec-2015 - fixes for change in EC website (chunked+gzipped response)
  • Version 3.03 - 01-Dec-2015 - fixes for current conditions due to EC website changes.
  • Version 3.02 - 29-Apr-2015 - fixes for major change in EC website. Temperatures now extracted from detailed text forecasts.
  • Version 3.01 - 23-Dec-2014 - fixes for 'Normals'/'Sun times' extracts, text forecast, and .png PoP icons
  • Version 3.00 - 17-Oct-2014 - major rewrite of the script to support major EC website structure changes.
  • Version 2.17 - 15-May-2013 - fixes for changes in EC website structure (again)
  • Version 2.16 - 13-May-2013 - added settings to display days of week w/o day month for icons and detail area;
    icon type selection for .gif/.png; added debugging code for EC website fetch; added multi-forecast capability
  • Version 2.15 - 17-Apr-2013 - fixes for $title display with new EC website structure
  • Version 2.14 - 16-Apr-2013 - fixes for changes in EC website structure and UTF-8 conversion
  • Version 2.13 - 30-May-2011 - fixed handling of $SITE['fcsticonsdirEC'] when used with template
  • Version 2.12 - 19-Feb-2011 - added color formatting to watch/warning/ended alerts from EC in $alertstring output
  • Version 2.11 - 26-May-2010 - fixed to handle changes to EC website for humidex/wind-chill

 

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