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General Weather Discussion / Re: Welcome to Spring 2019!
« Last post by Weatheraardvark on Today at 04:32:24 AM »
Many farmers cannot put in a crop this year.  Their grain silos were flooded and farms as well.  Livestock is an unknown.  BUT FEMA is going to help to some extent, but still over 1200 homes are wiped out in IOwa.  Tough times, but some how we will advance forward.

It is tough for those who farm.
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Dear Jenna, Weatheraardvark, and WeatherCat observers of the seasons turning,

And helps me remember that it WILL turn green here in Maine once again too.

Thank you so much for sharing.

You are certainly most welcome!  I understand that for some people it might feel premature.  I hope they can look forward even if the weather outside their window is anything but springlike. 

From Iowa,

My sympathies.  I've been trying to keep an eye on the flooding but I'm too overwhelmed locally to keep up.  I just found the NOAA report from which your graph comes from:

https://www.nws.noaa.gov/oh/2019NHA.html

There is also a real-time map of the United States with all the potential flooding risks:

https://water.weather.gov/ahps/

It does take as much as a few seconds to load.  At the moment it is a busy map.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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General Weather Discussion / Re: Welcome to Spring 2019!
« Last post by Weatheraardvark on Yesterday at 03:51:34 PM »
From Iowa,
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General Weather Discussion / Re: Welcome to Spring 2019!
« Last post by jennajon on Yesterday at 12:19:20 PM »
Beautiful!

And helps me remember that it WILL turn green here in Maine once again too.

Thank you so much for sharing.

 [tup]
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Dear WeatherCat observers of the moods of the sky,

This morning there was an usually uniform field of orange-red behind my anemometer:



A modest storm will come though today.  The weekend will be mostly dry, but more rain is expected for the first part of next week and possibly longer.  So whatever the astronomical alignments, old man winter is continuing to hang around at least this corner of the northern hemisphere.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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General Weather Discussion / Re: NWS Forecast Problems?
« Last post by xairbusdriver on March 20, 2019, 11:04:38 PM »
I think I may be able to use this basic, text-only, table-based page for my purposes. Images and other 'computed' items can be displayed by parsing the text (which I already have some experience with my METAR displays). It should be relatively easy to allow user input for different (US, at least) locations, possibly with Zip Codes. Again, the key factor is reliable data in a consistent format. Simple display is only slightly less important.

Thanks, again, Wim and Ken! ThU5:-)
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General Discussion / Biquette and spring trees. (Re: Billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Last post by elagache on March 20, 2019, 08:40:36 PM »
Dear WeatherCat users who enjoy combining their interests,

For the classic Buick forums I try to get some pictures of my trusty wagon with a suitable seasonal background.  Plum trees are the most common flowering trees in our region and they bloom early.  So you have to be ready to take pictures when the opportunity arises.  I took this picture over two weeks ago on the 4th:



I took this photo last Friday on my way to my infamous freeway run:



I had planned two more photos with suitable flowering backgrounds, but that wasn't going to be.

My wagon is supposed to come up today, but she will need some serious cleaning before she can go back into normal operation.  In the meantime, most of the plum trees are losing their pedals and growing their leaves.  So these will be the only photos of Biquette and at least the plum trees for this year.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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General Weather Discussion / Re: NWS Forecast Problems?
« Last post by xairbusdriver on March 20, 2019, 06:42:59 PM »
Thanks guys! I promise to take a look at all the suggestions before complaining again! [blush] I'd be happy to have just a plain text version or a table with data in consistent places. I don't mind (actually enjoy) putting stuff where and how I want. [lol]
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General Weather Discussion / Re: NWS Forecast Problems?
« Last post by The Grand Poohbah on March 20, 2019, 06:03:19 PM »
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Both of the above scripts only work for USA locations.  For worldwide locations, https://darksky.net/ has forecasts derived from various country models and provides a free, low-volume API key for developers (and hobbyists) -  My DS-forecast.php script uses their data.

I use the Dark Sky iOS App daily for local forecasts. It was also useful for the locations on our trip - Sydney NSW, Darwin NT and Brisbane OLD Australia; Bali, Indonesia, and Singapore. It's free if you don't mind the innocuous ads.
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General Weather Discussion / Re: NWS Forecast Problems?
« Last post by saratogaWX on March 20, 2019, 04:57:13 PM »
The premier free USA forecast source is from weather.gov (the NWS site).  There are (as Wim cited) two versions of my advforecast2.php script that use this data.  The V4 script is a 'page scraper' from the point-printable forecast produced by a MapClick.php URL -- this is the current 'production' version of the NWS website and is the best maintained, most reliable.

For a couple of years now, a 'replacement' for www.weather.gov has been in development/testing at https://forecast-v3.weather.gov/ and it relies on data provided via https://api.weather.gov/ -- my advforecast2.php V5 script uses this JSON API and relies on the lat/long to find the forecast.  The API is WAY more atomic than one would expect -- it requires multiple API accesses to gather the data for a forecast, but since much of the extra accesses can be safely cached (data doesn't change), it only resulted in some additional coding the gather/cache when a new forecast point is accessed.  The basic issue with api.weather.gov is it is still in BETA and so support and reliability are both lacking -- NWS local offices are sometimes lax in loading the point forecast data from the models into the api.weather.gov services, so sometime only a zone forecast is available for extended periods.  The production cutover is long overdue, and no word has been issued by the NWS on production timing for api.weather.gov.

The SOAP access to NWS data has been problematic for years, and I think they'll deprecate it in the future when the api.weather.gov is made productional.

Both of the above scripts only work for USA locations.  For worldwide locations, https://darksky.net/ has forecasts derived from various country models and provides a free, low-volume API key for developers (and hobbyists) -  My DS-forecast.php script uses their data.
One thing to note is that they only provide icons for Daytime weather but they have multilingual capability.

WeatherUnderground has deprecated their old API for a new weather.com (TWC) API that is free only to WU members who submit PWS data to them.  All others have to pay $$$ -- I have a WC-forecast.php script that handles their API.  It too is multilingual but only offers 5 days of forecasts (but both Day and Night icons).
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