[aprssig] US Weather forecast via APRS message

Fred Hillhouse Jr fmhillhouse at comcast.net
Fri Jan 22 08:42:26 CST 2016


Hi Martin,

 

Very nice! Now to remember it exists and that will be challenging!

 

Will you be making your work available for others to use?

 

Thanks for your service!

 

Best regards,

Fred N7FMH

 

 

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From: aprssig [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf Of Martin Nile via
aprssig
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2016 7:03 PM
To: aprssig at tapr.org
Subject: [aprssig] US Weather forecast via APRS message

 

I am in the process of working on a program which provides a US Weather
forecast 

via APRS message. I have most of the kinks worked out and it is ready for
testing

by a larger group.

 

Send a single character APRS message to KI6WJP and the program will respond
with a 

brief forecast for your location.

 

You can specify "where" and "when" you want the forecast.  If you wish a
full forecast

add the word "full" to your "where" and "when".  The full forecast is spread
across

multiple APRS message.  The default "brief" forecast usually fits within a
single

message.

 

"where" is any APRS callsign/object, zipcode, grid, or decimal lat/lon as
long as it is 

located in a place covered by the US National Weather Service.

 

"when" is any day of the week with optional night.  I.e. Wednesday night

 

The forecast is derived from the US National Weather Service point forecast.

Usually the forecast is produced within 1 or 2 seconds, but during periods
of

heavy activity, the weather service can take 20 or 30 seconds.

 

The latitude/longitude for the requested object is extracted from
api.aprs.fi,  

As a result, anything that appears on aprs.fi is valid including 

CWOP stations and AIS ships.

 

Here are some example forecast requests that can be sent to KI6WJP:

 

Any message less than 3 characters

    Returns a brief forecast for the current location of the sending
station.

Tomorrow 96067

    Returns  tomorrow's forecast for Mount Shasta, CA

Tonight

    Returns the forecast for tonight at your current location

Tuesday night full

    Returns the Tuesday night full forecast at your current location.

w1aw

    Returns the current forecast for the location of station W1AW

usna-1 Sunday

    Returns the forecast for the Army Navy football game on Sunday. 

    (Assuming usna-1 is at the stadium)

CN81uh

    Returns the forecast for the center of maidenhead grid CN81uh

36.5786/-118.2920

    Returns the forecast for the summit of Mount Whitney.

 

Currently the program is running on a raspberry Pi on a home dsl internet
connection.

The program is single threaded and can handle a single forecast request at a
time.

Things are still in development and may break at any time.  

 

Obviously for this to work via RF, a transmit capable i-gate is necessary.

 

Many thanks to Heikki for Ham::APRS::IS, Ham::APRS::FAP and api.aprs.fi that
made

this easy.

 

For more information see: https://sites.google.com/site/ki6wjp/wxbot

 

--

Regards

Martin Nile

KI6WJP

 

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