Free Weather Website Templates

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.
You will need to configure them for your own particular weather station website.
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A Version History is available -- check back from time to time to see if there are updates to scripts you have downloaded earlier. Announcements of version updates and new scripts are made on and Weather-Watch forums and saratogaWXPHP Twitter account as they become available.

This page was updated Friday, 08-Mar-2013 5:00 PM

PHP/AJAX Website Template Sets

This template set is based on the original HTML-only Carterlake WD templates with the addition of AJAX real-time updates and a full-PHP modular website design incorporating the TNETweather modular site design. The templates use a modified weather-screen.css to implement a fixed-width (800px) website or full-width design with built-in color/width style changer. Using PHP allows this template to require only one file to be uploaded through your weather software for symbolic substitution for weather conditions. The AJAX JavaScript reads a separate, frequently uploaded, conditions file produced by your weather software to dynamically update selected parts of the HTML on the pages to reflect really current conditions at your location.

The templates are grouped into three basic versions based on geographic location, and include the support scripts needed for that geography:

  • USA-template (for USA, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands)
  • Canada-Multingual template English/French (for Canada)
  • World-Multilingual template (for non-USA, non-Canada)

Plugins are available for weather station software:

  • Cumulus
  • New!Meteobridge
  • Meteohub
  • Virtual Weather Station
  • Weather-Display
  • WeatherCat (Version V0.95, Build 152 or later) (Successor product to Lightsoft Weather Center (LWC))
  • WeatherLink
  • WeatherSnoop (Version 2.1.1 or later)
  • wview
  • WxSolution

A complete template consists of a Base (determined by your geographical location) and a Plugin for your specific weather software.

Main features of the template set:

  • Modular structure for display pages on website with primary areas (top, header, sidebar, footer) controlled by included parts so global changes can be easily made to one file and shown on all pages in the site.
  • A 4-level CSS-based flyout-menu system controlled by specification in one XML file.
  • Built-in theme switcher allowing optional viewer control over website color scheme and wide/narrow aspect (with user preferences remembered by browser cookie)
  • Built-in multilingual translation capability for single-phrase lookup (English to target language) and entire-page fixed content translation.
  • Integrated support scripts for forecasts, alerts, and earthquake information appropriate to the geography selected.
  • Built-in optional debugging displays for remote site support.
  • Validated XHTML 1.0-Transitional HTML and CSS 2.1
Base Templates (images shown with VWS-plugin active)
USA template demo - click to see Canada template demo - click to see World template demo - click to see

USA languages included:
(but may add language plugins)

Canada languages included:
English, Français,

World languages included:
English, Afrikaans, български език, Català, Dansk, Nederlands, Suomi, Français, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Italiano, עִבְרִית. Norsk, Polski, Português, limba română, Español, Svenska, Slovenščina


Please follow the links below for information, download and installation/configuration guidance.

Version history (latest 20 updates)

  • Version 3.199 - 17-Aug-2015 - (Base-*) updated common.php V1.09 for HTML5 validation in print_language_selects_* routines
  • Version 3.198 - 12-Aug-2015 - (Base-USA) updated atom-advisory.php V2.10 and GR3-radar-inc.php V1.05 for PHP Deprecated/Strict errata,
    (Base-*) updated common.php V1.08 for deprecated preg_replace /e usage,
    (WD-Plugin) updated include-wxhistory.php V1.10 for deprecated preg_replace /e usage.
  • Version 3.197 - 01-Aug-2015 - (Base-*) updated get-USNO-sunmoon.php V2.03 to default missing JSON fracillum for New/Quarter/Full moon phases
  • Version 3.196 - 31-Jul-2015 - (Base-*) updated get-USNO-sunmoon.php V2.02 to handle missing JSON fracillum/curphase data
  • Version 3.195 - 29-Jul-2015 - (Base-*) updated get-USNO-sunmoon.php V2.01 to handle missing prior/next moon data from USNO JSON
  • Version 3.194 - 29-Jul-2015 - (Base-*) updated get-USNO-sunmoon.php V2.00 to use new JSON query to
  • Version 3.193 - 07-Jul-2015 - (Base-USA) updated advforecast2.php V4.01 to correct HTML formatting and validation issues
  • Version 3.192 - 06-Jul-2015 - (Base-USA) updated advforecast2.php V4.00, added DualImage.php V1.00 and icon templates to support NWS dual-image icons on 7-Jul-2015, and radar-status.php V1.12 for NWS website changes
  • Version 3.191 - 06-Jul-2015 - (Base-*) updated quake-json.php V1.08 to fix date issues by force JSON BIGINT to decode as string
  • Version 3.190 - 04-Jun-2015 - (Base-USA) updated radar-status.php V1.11 with changes due to new NWS radar status page
  • Version 3.189 - 04-Jun-2015 - (Base-USA) updated radar-status.php V1.10 with change to NWS radar status URL
  • Version 3.188 - 02-Jun-2015 - (Base-*) updated quake-json.php V1.07 with changes for new USGS GeoJSON source URL
  • Version 3.187 - 15-May-2015 - (Base-USA) updated advforecast2.php V3.16 with fixes for different Zone forecast format in failover
  • Version 3.186 - 13-May-2015 - (Base-USA) updated advforecast2.php V3.15 with fixes for changed NWS Zone forecast website
  • Version 3.185 - 29-Apr-2015 - (Base-Canada) updated ec-forecast.php V3.02 with fixes for changed EC website and temperatures extracted from detailed text forecast
  • Version 3.184 - 31-Mar-2015 - (Base-USA) updated advforecast2.php V3.14 with fix for NWS website access change
  • Version 3.183 - 17-Mar-2015 - (Base-USA) updated advforecast2.php V3.13 with fixes for Zone forecast w/new NWS website design
  • Version 3.182 - 03-Mar-2015 - (Base-Canada) updated ec-radar.php V1.12 with fix for missing latest radar image display
  • Version 3.181 - 23-Dec-2014 - (Base-Canada) updated ec-forecast.php V3.01 with fixes for 'Normals'/'Sun times' extract, text forecast, and .png PoP icons
  • Version 3.180 - 09-Dec-2014 - (Base-*) updated quake-json.php V1.06 to handle chunked JSON response from USGS

A full version history is available here.

Current Template Website Statistics

Numbers are counts of template websites by template version (V2, V3) and weather software used by the website.

Weather Software V2 V3 Total
(Regional Site) 27 7 34
Cumulus --- 67 67
Meteobridge --- 14 14
Meteohub --- 19 19
VWS --- 20 20
Weather-Display 204 417 621
WeatherCat --- 12 12
WeatherLink --- 16 16
WeatherSnoop --- 5 5
WsWIN --- 1 1
weewx --- 2 2
wview --- 13 13
Totals:  231 593 824

Note: Regional Weather Network sites do not run weather station software, but do use the V2 or V3 template set. V2 template sets were based using Weather-Display software only.

Acknowledgements and thanks!