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NOAA Web Service XML

Posted on 2013-11-20
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I am making a call to the NOAA web service to retrieve weather info. There is a parameter for getting the icons for the weather for the specified day. The values being reutrned for the icons is a url, which is fine. I am looking to return the text that defines the icons? I cant figure it out? Does anyone know how I can do this?

Im doing this in a VB.NET console app. Its being called a few times a day and being stored in an Oracle table.

Any help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks
JK
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by:Fernando Soto
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Hi JK;

What do you mean by this, "I am looking to return the text that defines the icons?", The URL is a link to the actual .jpg image which can be downloaded.
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by:jknj72
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Yes, what Im wondering if I can do is get an summary of the icon like, "Partly Cloudy" or something like that to go along with the url(ex...http://forecast.weather.gov/images/wtf/ra50.jpg)?

Is there a description or name or something like that that would go along with the url?
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by:Fernando Soto
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Which of the NOAA digital service are you using and which call are you using to that service?
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by:jknj72
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My parameters and my call to the service are below. I thought the icons param would have a description that goes with the url but I cant seem to figure this out.


Dim params As New NJT.WeatherEngine.gov.weather.graphical.weatherParametersType
        params.maxt = True
        params.mint = True
        params.icons = True
        params.temp = True
        params.rh = True
        params.snow = True
        params.wdir = True
        params.wspd = True
        params.wx = True
        params.appt = True
        params.pop12 = True


        Dim strWeatherXML As String = weather.NDFDgen(w.Latitude, w.Longitude, "time-series", Now, Now.AddDays(5), "e", params)
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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Sorry, I meant this one http://w1.weather.gov/xml/current_obs/weather.php has the list of what you are looking for.
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by:jknj72
ID: 39662918
yeah Ive seen that page but what element, if there is one, will bring back what Im looking for?
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by:jknj72
ID: 39662922
I havent seen the new page you just sent though. Is there an element that brings back description? Thanks padas
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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Just a word of caution.  I have used this webservice and found errors where some of the conditions they use are not listed.  For instance, Mostly Cloudy | Mostly Cloudy with Haze | Mostly Cloudy and Breezy is used for http://weather.gov/images/fcicons/bkn.jpg and
http://weather.gov/images/fcicons/nbkn.jpg.  If you try and look for, "Mostly Cloudy" for example to bring up http://weather.gov/images/fcicons/bkn.jpg during the day, I have seen descriptions that are not mentioned here.  I had to manually add them to my own database.  Just account for what happens if there is no match.
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by:jknj72
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Well I will take that caution into consideration if I can somehow return Mostly Cloudy and Partly Cloudy, etc....How can I get those values? I feel like we are so close!!!
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Scott Fell,  EE MVE earned 500 total points
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I have just been finding the city I need http://www.weather.gov/ then once I get my city I click on the xml on the lower right and get http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=36.17160&lon=-86.7848&unit=0&lg=english&FcstType=dwml

From there you just read the xml in your favorite language.  asp.NET or js/jquery.  It would probably be faster to just use client side.
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by:jknj72
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I still dont know how to retreieve it programmtically in vb.net on the client side.

I get the icon url from the nodes like this
dwml/data/parameters/conditions-icon[@type='forecast-NWS']

Do you know what it would be for the descriptions?
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by:jknj72
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close enough...thanks
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