Ask METARfilter: text weather to twitter?
October 30, 2007 5:59 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for sources of weather data (current conditions, forecasts) that are in text formats so that I can turn them into a Twitter weather bot. What I have in mind is either existing ASCII products (METAR, AVN MOS) or derivatives of image products that (e.g. a compact text encoding of a radar map through some kind of image analysis). Ideas welcomed.

The current weather bot is - it's only partially a bot since I have some stuff that I log to it by hand or from scripts.

Some things that have been useful are Twitterfeed (RSS to Twitter, scheduled every so often) and a simple shell script for posting to Twitter via curl.

The radar piece is what I think would be the coolest - I suspect that throwing Imagemagick at a radar GIF and then counting pixels on a county by county basis would do most of the trick.
posted by edwardvielmetti to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Check out NOAA's text reports. The "Short Term Forecast" for example.
posted by knave at 6:04 AM on October 30, 2007

More XML links from the government
posted by mikepop at 6:06 AM on October 30, 2007

METAR data is what I recommend and what I use.

You can use either the station data or decoded:

This page has a station list:
posted by rmmcclay at 6:41 AM on October 30, 2007

You can get current observations by ICAO identifier like this:

Also the Aviation Weather widget's js code references
posted by maniabug at 9:27 AM on October 30, 2007

Most major cities are covered on twitter. I used to follow wxpdx.
posted by mathowie at 11:07 AM on October 30, 2007

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