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Weather station scripts - Forecast Canada

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The scripts referenced here are used in the operation of this weather station, and may be freely copied and used to support your station. Please note that you use these scripts at your own risk. No warranty is expressed or implied. I accept no liability for any damages that may ensue from their use.
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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.

WIND WARNING

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

Observed at: Hamilton Munro Int'l Airport
Date: Saturday February 23, 2019 at 19:00 EST
Cloudy
Cloudy
Temp.: 0.2 °C
Wind: NE 19 gust 30 km/h
Humidity: 92 %
Dew point: -0.9 °C
Pressure: 101.8 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24.1 km
Sunrise: 07:07
Sunset: 18:00
Normals:
Max 0°C Min -8°C
Yesterday
  Max: 2.6 °C
  Min: -6.2 °C
  Rainfall: 0.0 mm

 Extended Forecast - Environment Canada
  Sunday
Rain showers or flurries
Rain showers or flurries
Max: 9°C *
Monday
Chance of flurries (60%)
Chance of flurries
Max: -4°C
Tuesday
Sunny
Sunny
Max: -7°C
Wednesday
Chance of flurries (60%)
Chance of flurries
Max: -7°C
Thursday
Sunny
Sunny
Max: -4°C
Friday
A mix of sun and cloud
A mix of sun and cloud
Max: -3°C
Saturday night
Periods of rain or drizzle
Periods of rain or drizzle
Min: 2°C
Sunday night
Flurries at times heavy
Flurries at times heavy
Min: -7°C
Monday night
Chance of flurries (30%)
Chance of flurries
Min: -14°C
Tuesday night
Chance of flurries (30%)
Chance of flurries
Min: -15°C
Wednesday night
Chance of flurries (40%)
Chance of flurries
Min: -11°C
Thursday night
Cloudy periods
Cloudy periods
Min: -8°C

* - Denotes an abnormal temperature trend.

Forecast

Hamilton, ON (Issued: Saturday February 23, 2019 at 18:17 EST)

Tonight
Cloudy. Periods of rain or drizzle beginning this evening. Risk of a thunderstorm overnight. Fog patches developing early this evening. Wind southeast 30 km/h. Low plus 2.
Sunday
Rain showers changing to flurries at times heavy in the afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm early in the morning. Local blowing snow late in the afternoon. Local snowfall amount 2 cm. Wind south 40 km/h gusting to 70 becoming southwest 70 gusting to 110 near noon. High 9 with temperature falling to zero in the afternoon. UV index 2 or low.
Sunday night
Flurries at times heavy. Local blowing snow. Local amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind west 70 km/h gusting to 100. Low minus 7. Wind chill minus 11 in the evening and minus 18 overnight.
Monday
A mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of flurries. Local blowing snow. Windy. High minus 4.
Monday night
Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 14.
Tuesday
Sunny. High minus 7.
Tuesday night
Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 15.
Wednesday
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. High minus 7.
Wednesday night
Cloudy periods with 40 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 11.
Thursday
Sunny. High minus 4.
Thursday night
Cloudy periods. Low minus 8.
Friday
A mix of sun and cloud. High minus 3.
Averages and extremes
Highest temperature(1960-2011)14.3 °C1984
Lowest temperature(1960-2011)-17.8 °C1965
Average high-0.2 °C 
Average low-8.3 °C 
Average-4.3 °C 
Greatest rainfall(1960-2011)23.5 mm1985
Greatest snowfall(1960-2011)16.6 cm1994
Greatest precipitation(1960-2011)23.5 mm1985
Most snow on the ground(1971-2011)35.0 cm1993
Monthly frequency of precipitation49.0 % 

24 Hour Forecast - Hamilton, ON

Date/Time
(EST)
Temp.
(°C)

Weather Conditions

LOP †
Wind
(km/h)
Wind
Chill
23 February 2019
20:00 3 Cloudy (10%)  Cloudy Low SE 30
21:00 2 Periods of rain or drizzle (100%)  Periods of rain or drizzle High SE 30
22:00 2 Periods of rain or drizzle (100%)  Periods of rain or drizzle High SE 30
23:00 2 Periods of rain or drizzle (100%)  Periods of rain or drizzle High SE 30
24 February 2019
00:00 3 Periods of rain or drizzle (100%)  Periods of rain or drizzle High SE 30
01:00 3 Periods of rain or drizzle. Risk of thunderstorms (100%)  Periods of rain or drizzle. Risk of thunderstorms High SE 30
02:00 4 Periods of rain or drizzle. Risk of thunderstorms (100%)  Periods of rain or drizzle. Risk of thunderstorms High SE 30
03:00 4 Periods of rain or drizzle. Risk of thunderstorms (100%)  Periods of rain or drizzle. Risk of thunderstorms High SE 30
04:00 5 Periods of rain or drizzle. Risk of thunderstorms (100%)  Periods of rain or drizzle. Risk of thunderstorms High SE 30
05:00 5 Periods of rain or drizzle. Risk of thunderstorms (100%)  Periods of rain or drizzle. Risk of thunderstorms High SE 30
06:00 5 Showers. Risk of thunderstorms (100%)  Showers. Risk of thunderstorms High SE 30
07:00 5 Showers. Risk of thunderstorms (100%)  Showers. Risk of thunderstorms High SE 30
08:00 6 Showers (100%)  Showers High S 40 gust 70
09:00 8 Showers (100%)  Showers High S 40 gust 70
10:00 9 Showers (100%)  Showers High S 40 gust 70
11:00 7 Showers (100%)  Showers High S 40 gust 70
12:00 6 Showers (100%)  Showers High SW 70 gust 110
13:00 4 Showers (100%)  Showers High SW 70 gust 110
14:00 3 Flurries at times heavy (100%)  Flurries at times heavy High SW 70 gust 110
15:00 2 Flurries at times heavy (100%)  Flurries at times heavy High SW 70 gust 110
16:00 1 Flurries at times heavy (100%)  Flurries at times heavy High SW 70 gust 110
17:00 0 Flurries at times heavy (100%)  Flurries at times heavy High SW 70 gust 110
18:00 -1 Flurries at times heavy (90%)  Flurries at times heavy High SW 70 gust 100 -10
19:00 -1 Flurries at times heavy (90%)  Flurries at times heavy High SW 70 gust 100 -11
 
† 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%
‡ Value not significant

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: Saturday February 23, 2019 at 19:00 EST
Cloudy
Cloudy
Temp.: 0.2 °C
Wind: NE 19 gust 30 km/h
Humidity: 92 %
Dew point: -0.9 °C
Pressure: 101.8 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24.1 km
Sunrise: 07:07
Sunset: 18:00
Normals:
Max 0°C Min -8°C
Yesterday
  Max: 2.6 °C
  Min: -6.2 °C
  Rainfall: 0.0 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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