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10. Unconventional Feeds > 10.12. Podcasting Weather Forecasts

Podcasting Weather Forecasts

The podcasting technique described in Chapter 4 is a hotbed of development at the moment. One idea put forward was to use it to deliver weather forecasts via a web service and a text-to-speech application.

Jorge Velázquez put together a script to do just that. Released at http://www.jorgev.com/archives/000115.html, it requires an account with weather.com and an installation of Lame (from http://lame.sourceforge.net/) and text2wave on the server.

How to Use It

The URL accepts two parameters, locid and unit . The locid is the weather.com location identifier for the city you require. For U.S. cities, this can be a zip code, and for non-U.S. cities, it is a special weather.com code. (e.g., 92126 for San Diego, CA, or ITXX0067 for Rome, Italy). The unit parameter is optional and can be either m for metric or s for imperial measurements. It defaults to imperial.


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