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Weather station scripts - NWS Forecast

They're free, but use at your own risk

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 Saturday, 15-Mar-2014 2:17 PM

Carterlake.org scripts with a few mods...

Tom at carterlake.org has done a great job generating and freely sharing his PHP scripts for other sites to use. I started my own journey with PHP programming by using his scripts (and Larry's at Anole Computer) as learning examples, and I can't thank them enough for their sharing! With Tom's permission (and some encouragement), I've set up this page to have links to the carterlake scripts that I've modified for various puposes. Most of the mods have to do with formatting for XHTML 1.0-Strict output (even when the source page was not).

advforecast.php (NOAA Forecast for all NWS areas)

Note: as of 12-Mar-2007, the Western Region website (www.wrh.noaa.gov) now offers the point-printable forecasts in the same format as the other regional websites, so this script now works for WRH, ERH, SRH and CRH websites.

Tom's advforecast.php script takes the point-printable forecast from NOAA for Western, Eastern, Southern and Central region NOAA websites, and converts to a set of icons/conditions/temperatures and text forecast for inclusion on your webpage. My mods add XHTML 1.0-Strict output and the ability to handle a redirection for county forecasts (offered by www.crh.noaa.gov) in case a point-printable forecast is not available. See these threads for the erh2crh version (http://www.wxforum.net/viewtopic.php?p=3768, and http://www.weather-watch.com/smf/index.php/topic,22504.0.html ) The latest version of this script also offers automatic failover to the Zone forecast if the point-printable forecast is not available. Set "$NOAAZone = 'ssZnnn';" in the code for your NOAA warning zone.

The script supports the ?force=1 parameter to reload the cache file, and also a ?force=2 to load the cache file from the backup County Zone forecast.

To use, you'll need an icon set uploaded in the /forecast/images directory on your website, and to set the $fileName variable inside the script to the URL for the point-printable forecast.

With V2.06 and up, the new parsing of the failover Zone forecast requires additional icons (available below) to be placed on your website.

Sample included with:

<?php
$doIncludeNWS = true;
include("advforecast2.php"); ?>

will show

National Weather Service Forecast for: Saratoga CA
Issued by: National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey, CA
Updated: 2:31 pm PDT Apr 24, 2014

Saratoga
 
Tonight

Chance Rain. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Chance
Rain
Friday

Showers Likely. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 60%
Showers
Likely
Friday
Night

Chance Showers. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Chance
Showers
Saturday

Mostly Sunny
Mostly
Sunny
Saturday
Night

Slight Chc Rain. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Rain
Sunday

Chance Showers. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Chance
Showers
Sunday
Night

Partly Cloudy
Partly
Cloudy
Monday

Mostly Sunny
Mostly
Sunny
Monday
Night

Clear
Clear
Lo 49 °F Hi 65 °F Lo 44 °F Hi 66 °F Lo 45 °F Hi 69 °F Lo 46 °F Hi 79 °F Lo 48 °F

 

Tonight
 
A 30 percent chance of rain after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 49. West northwest wind 5 to 9 mph.
Friday
 
Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Cloudy, with a high near 65. Light west northwest wind becoming west 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Friday Night
 
A 30 percent chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West northwest wind 9 to 13 mph.
Saturday
 
Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West northwest wind around 9 mph.
Saturday Night
 
A 20 percent chance of rain after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind 6 to 10 mph.
Sunday
 
A 30 percent chance of showers before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.
Sunday Night
 
Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Monday
 
Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.
Monday Night
 
Clear, with a low around 48.
Tuesday
 
Sunny, with a high near 86.
Tuesday Night
 
Clear, with a low around 55.
Wednesday
 
Sunny, with a high near 87.
Wednesday Night
 
Clear, with a low around 52.
Thursday
 
Sunny, with a high near 85.

 

Forecast from NOAA-NWS for Saratoga CA.

You can also include it 'silently' and print just a few (or all) the contents where you'd like it on the page

<?php
$doPrintNWS = false;
require("advforecast2.php"); ?>

then on your page, the following code would display just the current and next time period forecast:

 <table>
<tr align="center" valign="top">
<?php print "<td>$forecasticons[0]</td><td>$forecasticons[1]</td>\n"; ?>
</tr>
<tr align="center" valign="top">
<?php print "<td>$forecasttemp[0]</td><td>$forecasttemp[1]</td>\n"; ?>
</tr>
</table>
Tonight

Chance Rain. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Chance
Rain
Friday

Showers Likely. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 60%
Showers
Likely
Lo 49 °FHi 65 °F

Or if you'd like to include the immediate forecast with text for the next two cycles:

<table>
<tr valign="top">
<?php print "<td align=\"center\">$forecasticons[0]<br />$forecasttemp[0]</td>\n"; ?>
<?php print "<td align=\"left\" valign=\"middle\">$forecasttext[0]</td>\n"; ?>
</tr>
<tr valign="top">
<?php print "<td align=\"center\">$forecasticons[1]<br />$forecasttemp[1]</td>\n"; ?>
<?php print "<td align=\"left\" valign=\"middle\">$forecasttext[1]</td>\n"; ?>
</tr>
</table>

Tonight

Chance Rain. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Chance
Rain
Lo 49 °F
A 30 percent chance of rain after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 49. West northwest wind 5 to 9 mph.
Friday

Showers Likely. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 60%
Showers
Likely
Hi 65 °F
Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Cloudy, with a high near 65. Light west northwest wind becoming west 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Download: advforecast2.php (V3.12 - 15-Mar-2014) (Special thanks to Curly from RicksTurf.com for the multi-zone forecast code!)
Download: Icon Set (upload to your website in the /forecast/images directory)


advisory.php (NOAA Advisory/Warning script)

This is a small mod to Tom's advisory script to eliminate some strange characters that began appearing just before the first line of the script output. This script is meant to be included in a webpage, not run as a separate page. (See the discussion at http://www.wxforum.net/viewtopic.php?t=539

Download: testadvisory.php

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