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PHP/AJAX Website Template Set - Settings-weather.php - WLCOM-Plugin

The configuration for Settings-weather.php discussed here is for the WLCOM-Plugin.

This plugin will retrieve your data from (Davis Weather stations only) at one minute intervals and create a set of weather tags matching those produced by the PC/Mac version of locally run WeatherLink software (using the WL-plugin). The primary differences are:

  • does not provide 'Yesterday' nor historical data. (See below for configuration of a cron job to capture 'today' data at 23:58 daily and use it as 'yesterday' data tomorrow.)
  • does not provide station graphs nor NOAA-style text reports for month or year (so the WL-plugin wxgraphs.php and wxnoaareports.php pages are not available with the WLCOM-plugin)
  • updates are (at a minimum) of once per minute.

Note: If you are running WeatherLink PC/Mac software on your weather station system, you can get more features by using the WL-plugin instead of this WLCOM-plugin to power your website.
Using the WL-plugin will allow station graphs, NOAA reports and automatic 'yesterday' data to be available (when the WeatherLink setup is completed).
This WLCOM-plugin should only be used by Davis WeatherLinkIP or Vantage Connect stations which only submit to and are not otherwise running WeatherLink software on a PC/Mac system.

#  required settings for Network
# Optional realtime settings.  Use if you are using 1 minute uploads of the WLrealtime.txt file
# uncomment next line ($SITE['ajaxScript']) to enable AJAX updates to your website. 
# $SITE['ajaxScript'] = 'ajaxWLCOMwx.js'; // optional for AJAX enabled display
$SITE['WXtags']     = 'WLCOMtags.php';   // for weather variables
$SITE['WLCOMuid']   = '-your-userid-';   // userid for
$SITE['WLCOMpw']    = '-your-password-'// password for userid above
$SITE['WLCOMcacheDW'] = 60;              // number of seconds for conditions cache life (default=60)
# --------------------------------------------------------------------------
# Weather Station sensors and options for dashboard
$SITE['conditionsMETAR'] = 'KSJC';  // set to nearby METAR for current conditions icon/text
#  comment out conditionsMETAR if no nearby METAR.. conditions icon/text will not be displayed
$SITE['overrideRain']   = true// =true then rain rate will set rain words instead of METAR rain words
#                               // =false - no change to METAR rain words (station rain rate not used)
$SITE['DavisVP']       = true;  // set to false if not a Davis VP weather station
$SITE['UV']           = true;  // set to false if no UV sensor
$SITE['SOLAR']           = true;  // set to false if no Solar sensor
# end of configurable settings Network Configuration settings in Settings-weather.php

$SITE['ajaxScript'] = 'ajaxWLCOMwx.js';
This optional setting specifies the filename of the AJAX JavaScript that will read the WLrealtime.php file and update your pages with new data.
Comment out this setting (by placing either # or // in the front of this line) if you do not want AJAX updates active on your website pages.
$SITE['WXtags'] = 'WLCOMtags.php';
This setting specifies the filename of the WeatherLink weather tags file. This file is uploaded through WeatherLink and contains the current weather data associated with WeatherLink HTML tags. The data is loaded in a $WX[] array with the WeatherLink tag names used as the key to access the data in the associative array.
$SITE['WLCOMuid'] = '-your-userid-';
This REQUIRED setting specifies the userid used for your station's conditions reporting.
$SITE['WLCOMpw'] = '-your-password-';
This REQUIRED setting specifies the password associated with your userid.
$SITE['WLCOMcacheDW'] = 60;
This setting specifies the cache lifetime in seconds for the XML file that contains your current conditions. It should be set to the same interval (in seconds) that you use to upload your conditions to (60 seconds is the default).
$SITE['conditionsMETAR'] = 'KSJC';
This setting specifies the ICAO/name of the near-by METAR station that will be used to provide current conditions (weather/sky cover) for the ajax-dashboard and ajax-gizmo.
A list of nearby METAR names can be found using the find METAR query script.
$SITE['overrideRain'] = true;
This setting specifies whether the weather station rain-rate should display the rain words based on the current rain rate.
=false : METAR rain words (if any) will be displayed as current condition.
=true : current station rain rate will set words (as shown below) and rain words direct from METAR are removed. Icon is also set appropriately.
Words and selection criteria:
"Light Rain" when rain rate is > 0.0 and < 2.5 mm (0.098 in) per hour
"Moderate Rain" when rain rate is >= 2.5 mm (0.098 in) and < 7.6 mm (0.30 in) per hour
"Heavy Rain" when rain rate is >= 7.6 mm (0.30 in) per hour and < 50 mm (2.0 in) per hour
"Violent Rain" when rain rate is >= 50 mm (2.0 in) per hour
If this setting is ommitted from Settings-weather.php, the default will be assumed as 'true' to enable the function.
If enabled, the rain words from the METAR will be removed, and the above words used based on the current rain rate.
$SITE['DavisVP'] = true;
This setting specifies whether you have a Davis VP/Vue station.
= true means you have a Davis VP/VP2/Vue station
= false means you do not have a Davis VP/VP2/Vue station and the display of the VP forecast on the ajax-dashboard is suppressed.
$SITE['UV'] = true;
This setting specifies whether your station has a UV sensor.
= true means your station has a UV sensor.
= false means your station does not have a UV sensor which will result in the ajax-dashboard displaying a UV forecast in that area instead of the UV sensor value.
$SITE['SOLAR'] = true;
This setting specifies whether your station has a Solar sensor.
= true means your station has a Solar Radiation sensor.
= false means your station does not have a Solar Radiation sensor which will result in the ajax-dashboard displaying a UV forecast in that area instead of the Solar sensor value.

WLCOM-Plugin - capturing 'yesterday' data for display

One of the drawbacks with the website data is a lack of 'yesterday' data on the website. To be able to display yesterday's high/low temperatures/times and yesterday's rainfall amounts, you will need to run a cron job every hour at 58 minutes past the hour to capture the yesterday values at 23:58 local time each day. The WLCOM-plugin includes a saveYesterday.php script that will do this for you.

Edit the sample script for your home directory path and PHP path. Make sure that the file only has Unix line endings (NL) and not DOS line endings (CR NL). Notepad++ makes it easy to remove the DOS line endings if they are there. Bash scripts will not run with DOS line endings.

cron-yday.txt script:

# cron job to get 'yesterday' data for WLCOM plugin
# Version 1.00 - 22-Apr-2017 - initial release
# Note: customize the settings below for your site's specific paths/names
# use a cron job to run this script like:
# 58 * * * * bash "$HOME/httpdocs/cron-yday.txt"
# after editing this file, make sure that Unix line endings (LF) are used and
# NOT DOS line endings (CR LF).  Use Notepad++ to edit the file in Windows.
# --- begin settings
# --- end settings
cd $HDIR


# Use one or the other .. direct is prefered over curl
if [ "$USECMD" == "PHP" ]
  $PHPcmd -q $SCRIPT >> $LOGFILE  2> /dev/null
if [ "$USECMD" == "CURL" ]
  $CURLcmd -s $URL >> $LOGFILE

Then you can set cron to run the script hourly at 58 minutes past the hour with a cron spec of:

58 * * * * bash "$HOME/httpdocs/cron-yday.txt"

The saveYesterday.php script will use your timezone setting from Settings.php to determine if this is local hour 23, then it will save a copy of the current $WX[] variables in a file. That file will be loaded and used to extract the 'yesterday' values when needed. The saveYesterday.php script does nothing if the local hour is not equal 23.

It is strictly optional to enable the yesterday data capture -- if omitted, then the ajax-dashboard will just not display the yesterday values (temperature high/low/times and rainfall)

WLCOM-Plugin - URL options

You can use URL options on the WLCOMtags.php script (via a browser) to see additional information: will activate the debugging feature and also show the current contents of the $WX[] array for the weather data. will show the source code for the WLCOMtags.php script itself. or will produce the current JSON file needed for the Steel Series Gauges (V12). or will produce the current file needed for the ajaxWLCOM.js AJAX script will force a reload of the XML conditions file.

WLCOM-Plugin - Steel Series Gauges configuration

The Steel Series Gauges are included with the WLCOM-plugin. Add wxssgauges.php to your flyout-menu.xml to activate the link on your site.

WLCOM-Plugin - multi-language support

The new wxsummary.php page has multi-language support built-in. Run wxsummary.php?show=missing on your site and view-source the page. At the bottom will be a list of terms to add to your language-LL.txt file for translation.