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 Monday, 26-Feb-2018 12:04 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:

  • New! Network (requires userid on AND DeviceID AND apiKey)
  • Cumulus
  • Meteobridge
  • Meteohub
  • Virtual Weather Station
  • Weather-Display
  • WeatherCat (Version V0.95, Build 152 or later) (Successor product to Lightsoft Weather Center (LWC))
  • WeatherLink
  • (requires a userid/password on AND DeviceID, Key for station)
  • 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 3.286 - 17-Apr-2019 (Base-Canada) updated ec-radar.php V2.04 to add list of operating radar sites and new CASxx sites for display
  • Version 3.285 - 13-Apr-2019 (Base-USA) updated advforecast2.php V5.10 (JSON) with fix for HTTP/2 responses from
  • Version 3.284 - 22-Mar-2019 (Base-World) updated WC-forecast.php V1.04 with fix for TWC/WU JSON degree sign \xc2\xba to correct UTF-8 \xc2\xb0
  • Version 3.283 - 10-Mar-2019 (Base-World) updated WC-forecast.php V1.03 with added display for all available icons in Day-over-Night mode
  • Version 3.282 - 04-Mar-2019 (Base-World) updated WC-forecast.php V1.02 with rewritten icon printing code for clairity and Day-over-Night display option
  • Version 3.281 - 02-Mar-2019 (Base-World) updated WC-forecast.php V1.01 to fix incorrect WU variable names with correct WC variable names
  • Version 3.280 - 01-Mar-2019 (Base-World) added WC-forecast.php V1.00, updated wxforecast.php V1.03, ajax-dashboard.php V1.28, Settings.php V1.04 to support optional WU/TWC forecast script.
    (Base-*) updated check-fetch-times.php V1.25 for DarkSky and WC/TWC forecast testing and version testing.
  • Version 3.279 - 04-Feb-2019 (Base-USA) updated radar-status.php V1.16 for https to site
  • Version 3.278 - 23-Jan-2019 (Base-World) updated DS-forecast.php V1.09, DS-forecast-lang.php V1.06, wxforecast.php V1.02 for tabbed display of daily and hourly (for 24hrs) forecasts.
  • Version 3.277 - 15-Jan-2019 (Base-World) updated DS-forecast.php V1.08 to add check for good JSON return before saving cache file
  • Version 3.276 - 10-Jan-2019 (Base-World) updated DS-forecast-lang.php V1.05 to fix missing Danish translation for 'snow'
  • Version 3.275 - 07-Jan-2019 (Base-World) updated DS-forecast.php V1.07 to fix minor Hebrew language formatting in Saratoga template.
  • Version 3.274 - 05-Jan-2019 (Base-World) updated DS-forecast.php V1.06 for Hebrew language display in Saratoga template.
  • Version 3.273 - 28-Dec-2018 (AWN-plugin) updated AWNtags.php V1.07 to address slow/failing JSON returns by reusing cached files to speed up PWS website loading.
  • Version 3.272 - 08-Dec-2018 (Base-World) updated DS-forecast.php V1.05, DS-forecast-lang.php V1.04 for optional current conditions display box, cloud-cover now used for better icon choices
  • Version 3.271 - 04-Dec-2018 (Base-World) updated DS-forecast.php V1.04, DS-forecast-lang.php V1.03 for lang=sr (Serbian) language translations.
  • Version 3.270 - 02-Dec-2018 (Base-World) Added DS-forecast.php, DS-forecast-lang.php to replace WU-forecast.php (since WU is no longer issuing API keys).
    (Base-*) Updated check-fetch-times.php V1.24, ajax-dashboard.php V1.27 and wxforecast.php for DS-forecast support,
  • Version 3.269 - 30-Nov-2018 (Base-*) update get-metar-conditions-inc.php V1.17 for https to + fixing several Notice errata; update plaintext-parser.php V1.31 to avoid $Conditions collision with get-metar-conditions-inc.php
  • Version 3.268 - 23-Nov-2018 (Base-*) update get-USNO-sunmoon.php V3.02 for https access to USNO
  • Version 3.267 - 06-Aug-2018 (AWN-plugin) update AWNtags.php V1.05 for non-Davis weather station rain/wind reporting

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) 22 6 28 --- 8 8
Cumulus --- 58 58
Meteobridge --- 19 19
Meteobridge-NANO --- 1 1
Meteohub --- 10 10
VWS --- 15 15
Weather-Display 134 339 473
WeatherCat --- 11 11
WeatherLink --- 12 12 --- 2 2
WeatherSnoop --- 1 1
WsWIN --- 1 1
sint wind pi --- 1 1
weewx --- 1 1
wview --- 5 5
Totals:  156 490 646

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!