YOUR WEATHER

Make a weather feed to a website

How about sharing all the great forecast data on Weather Labs? Can you think of any other groups of people who would enjoy having such accurate, local data?

What about your school? Imagine how useful it would be to have your local forecast show up on your school website everyday - you could keep teachers and pupils up to date with weather for sporting events and even keep an eye on developing snow situations!

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All you need to do is set up an RSS Feed from Weather Labs to the site of your choosing. This will feed the Weather Labs data for your chosen area directly to your website.

So, just enter your postcode, subscribe to the feed and away you go!

While you're setting up the feed, why not also set up to receive planet science as a weekly newsletter.  Choose the right category for you and enjoy the read:

What data will I get on my RSS feed?

Your RSS feed will give you all the following information:

  • Weather outlook:

This is perhaps the most important piece of information. It will tell you what the weather is going to be like over the coming hours. Will there be precipitation and if so what kind? Can you expect rain, hail or snow?

  • Temperature
  • Wind speed and direction:

Wind direction plays a big part in the UK's weather story everyday. Think about it - southerly winds bring us warmer weather while northerly winds are colder. Westerly winds tend to bring wet conditions while easterlies tend to bring dry spells.

Wind strength can also affect temperatures. You've heard of windchill...cold winds can lower actual temperatures considerably. Your wind data will be expressed in degrees so you will need to calculate the angles and directions, assuming that 0ยบ is north.

  • Humidity

If the air is at 100 per cent relative humidity the air is saturated with water vapour and sweat will not evaporate into the air. As a result, it can feel much hotter than the actual temperature. If relative humidity is low we can feel much cooler than the temperature suggests, because our sweat evaporates easily and cools us down.

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You understand the science, so share what you know and let the rest of the school in on the secrets! Maybe you could write a blog interpreting the weather for your friends and teachers.

Customising your RSS feed from Weather Labs

The Weather Labs feed is raw xml data. That means your feed will simply show the forecast figures for your chosen location. If you are feeling creative, there are lots of ways that you can customise your xml feed to make it more attractive, styled to suit your website and more.

Weather Data Experiment

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