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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.
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 WXForum.net and Weather-Watch forums and saratogaWXPHP Twitter account as they become available.

This page was updated Sunday, 07-Oct-2018 1:43 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.

In July, 2015, the NOAA-NWS updated the icon set and provided a new dual-image icon to display 6-hour conditions for the 12-hour forecast icon. This icon is dynamically generated by a DualImage.php script (available below in the UPDATES file). With the DualImage.php script and associated icon templates installed, the V4.00+ version of advforecast2.php will support dynamic generation of dual images when needed. The script will fall-back to showing just the first 6-hour image if the DualImage.php is not available, OR if the meteotriviglio animated GIF images are used.

In June, 2017, the NWS forecast.weather.gov website had planned a major renovation and would deprecate the use of /MapClick.php?lat={latitude}&lon={longitude} for finding the weather at your location. V5.00 of advforecast2.php now uses the new api.weather.gov JSON feeds to generate the icons/forecast text as the V4.x and prior scripts would have no longer worked via page-scraping.
That conversion by NWS is on indefinite hold so either version V4.0x or V5.0x will work on your site at this time.

Also new with the V5.x script is the number of icons available rose from 9 to 14 and the option to display the old-format 9 icons or the new format with two rows of (up-to) 8 icons is controlled by one switch variable ($showTwoIconRows in the script, or $SITE['showTwoIconRows'] in Settings.php).

On February 27, 2018, the NWS switched forecast.weather.gov to HTTPS only, so advforecast2.php V4.02 and earlier will not work as those versions supported only HTTP access. The advforecast2.php V4.03 was released to handle HTTPS access and should be the last release of the venerable page-scraper script. Please note that the Version 5.x script uses the beta api.weather.gov JSON feed and already used HTTPS only.
The V5.09 script is included in the Base-USA Saratoga template. For those not wanting to use the beta code, you can download the V4.05 script below and use with your template. Both V4.05 and V5.x versions will continue to have support while the api.weather.gov is still in beta test.

Note: to use either 4.0x or 5.0x version of the script, it is important to continue using the point-printable version of the URL for your location based on the current https://www.weather.gov/ website. Your links should resemble:

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=nn.nnnn&lon=-nnn.nnnn&unit=0&lg=english&FcstType=text&TextType=2

with the &unit=0&lg=english&FcstType=text&TextType=2 at the end after the lat= and lon= arguments.

Sample code

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: Tue, 19-Mar-2019 2:28am PDT

Saratoga
 
This
Afternoon
This Afternoon: Chance Rain Showers
Chance Rain Showers
Wednesday

Wednesday: Showers And Thunderstorms Likely
Showers And T-Storms Likely
Thursday

Thursday: Mostly Sunny
Mostly Sunny
Friday

Friday: Rain Showers Likely
Rain Showers Likely
Saturday

Saturday: Slight Chance Rain Showers
Slight Chance Rain Showers
Sunday

Sunday: Mostly Sunny
Mostly Sunny
Monday

Monday: Chance Rain Showers
Chance Rain Showers
 
Hi 68 °F Hi 59 °F Hi 62 °F Hi 62 °F Hi 63 °F Hi 67 °F Hi 65 °F  
 
Tonight

Tonight: Rain Showers Likely
Rain Showers Likely
Wednesday
Night
Wednesday Night: Chance Rain Showers
Chance Rain Showers
Thursday
Night
Thursday Night: Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
Friday
Night
Friday Night: Rain Showers Likely
Rain Showers Likely
Saturday
Night
Saturday Night: Mostly Clear
Mostly Clear
Sunday
Night
Sunday Night: Partly Cloudy then Slight Chance Rain Showers
Partly Cloudy then Slight Chance Rain Showers
Monday
Night
Monday Night: Chance Rain Showers
Chance Rain Showers
 
Lo 49 °F Lo 46 °F Lo 45 °F Lo 47 °F Lo 44 °F Lo 47 °F Lo 48 °F  

 

This Afternoon
 
A chance of rain showers after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. South wind 10 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tonight
 
Rain showers likely before 5am, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. South southeast wind 13 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Wednesday
 
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. South wind 14 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Wednesday Night
 
A chance of rain showers before 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Thursday
 
Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. South southeast wind 5 to 13 mph.
Thursday Night
 
Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.
Friday
 
Rain showers likely after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Friday Night
 
Rain showers likely before 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Saturday
 
A slight chance of rain showers between 11am and 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
Saturday Night
 
Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
Sunday
 
Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.
Sunday Night
 
A slight chance of rain showers after 5am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Monday
 
A chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.
Monday Night
 
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

 

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>
This
Afternoon
This Afternoon: Chance Rain Showers
Chance Rain Showers
Tonight

Tonight: Rain Showers Likely
Rain Showers Likely
Hi 68 °FLo 49 °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>

This
Afternoon
This Afternoon: Chance Rain Showers
Chance Rain Showers

Hi 68 °F
A chance of rain showers after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. South wind 10 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tonight

Tonight: Rain Showers Likely
Rain Showers Likely

Lo 49 °F
Rain showers likely before 5am, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. South southeast wind 13 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Download: advforecast2.php (V5.09 - 26-May-2018) JSON version uses the beta api.weather.gov site, also included in the USA template.
Download: advforecast2.php (V4.05 - 21-May-2018) older version for those not wanting to experiment with the api.weather.gov beta site
Download: Icon Set (V2 for NWS 55x55 icons) (upload to your website in the /forecast/images directory)
Download: Icon Set UPDATES July-2015 and DualImage.php script
Download: Icon Set UPDATES April-2017 and DualImage.php script(upload to your website and preserve the directory names - included with Base-USA template)
Download: DualImage.php (V1.02 - 26-May-2018) - included with Base-USA template and icon sets above.

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