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Retreiving weather data from a weather file.

I have to access local weather to get the current temperature, wind speed & wind direction, & then populate my dialog with that weather information.
 How do I go about retreiving the local weather information? Is there any ftp site that I can request weather for a certain area?

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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
I don't know if there is a simple way to get this information, but sites like the Weather channel (http://www.weather.com) allow you to specify a ZIP code, and then return a web page with the current weather conditions. You could retrieve this web page, and then parse the content and extract the information you are interested in.
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ashooooCommented:
Search for Raw weather data on google. You'll find some websites where you can get weather data files on a daily basis thru ftp.
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Tommy BraasCommented:
I would suggest that you go to, like khkremer suggested, weather.com. Instead of proceeding the way khkremer suggests, I would have a look at the tools available at weather.com. I am sure they have an XML feed that you would be able to benefit from. Parsing XML (which has a certain format) compared to parsing HTML is a lot easier. Let's not forget that the format of the generated webpages are likely to change before changes are made to their XML formatted weather information.

A way to "hack" their system, would be to download their "Desktop Weather" application and listen on all your TCP/IP ports for the protocol used internally by their application. You could then use what you have learnt to make your application "ask" the right questions!

Good Luck!
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
The "MyWeather" page offered by the Weather Channel is your best bet to get easy access to this information.

They also offer a subscription service for more information, but setting up a MyWeather page is free: http://my.weather.com/myweather/home

You can find information about all their services at http://www.weather.com/services/
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rstaveleyCommented:
Here's a nice XML resource for the US http://weather.boygenius.com/xml_index.html
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borghardAuthor Commented:
Thanks alot for all you good ideas!
I ended up using a weather web service that someone I work with had created, I access it by adding a web reference to my project which generates a file exposing the methods of the web service and several data structures that hold the returned data.
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ashooooCommented:
Does he/she provide those web services for a fee? Or are they available for free?
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borghardAuthor Commented:
I found an article online that says where you can access a weather service for free the site is:
http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/temperature.asp?target=weather
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