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Updated advforecast2.php (JSON) V5.11 handles NWS API change

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Updated advforecast2.php (JSON) V5.11 handles NWS API change

Post by saratogaWX » Tue 30 Apr 2019 6:39 pm

With the announcement of the NWS on 29-Apr-2019 that the api.weather.gov was deprecating the forecast queries for points/ and removing the current 302 redirect to a gridpoint forecast, the underlying method of using the API had to change in the script.

Now, the specified point's meta-data is fetched first (from cache if available, otherwise fetched from API and cached) and the gridpoint forecast is used directly (based on the meta-data content). The prior caching method (in ./cache/forecast-URLcache.txt) is no longer used (that had contained the point->gridpoint URLs).

Now the ./cache/forecast-{zone}-{N}-json-meta.txt file contains all the relevant data about the specified point that was derived from multiple API fetches re: point, Zone, WFO and saved.

If you're using the V5.10 script, please update before 24-Jun-2019 when the NWS will turn off the 302 redirect for the point forecast and that version of the script will likely fail to work properly.

Standalone update: use the script page for download.
Saratoga Template(USA): use the update tool page with query Base-USA, Plugin-*, 30-Apr-2019

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Re: Updated advforecast2.php (JSON) V5.11 handles NWS API change

Post by beteljuice » Tue 30 Apr 2019 9:44 pm

I really don't know how you've stayed on top of all the changes in nearly all of your 'fetch' scripts the last year !

I'd have given up and moved to a hole in the ground long since :?

Truly monumental work :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Updated advforecast2.php (JSON) V5.11 handles NWS API change

Post by saratogaWX » Tue 30 Apr 2019 10:13 pm

Thanks for the kind words!!

It has been a challenge, especially with the NOAA / NWS sites switching awkwardly to HTTPS, and the long-delayed conversion of weather.gov to a new format. :bash: :evil:

Sometimes, I hear the hole in the ground whispering softly to me... but, I'm not quite dead yet. :ugeek:

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Re: Updated advforecast2.php (JSON) V5.11 handles NWS API change

Post by jlmr731 » Wed 01 May 2019 2:39 am

And I just updated it yesterday. Now knowing our Government ill wait till mid june to update cause poor Ken will be up to v5.18 by then :lol:

Thank you so much Ken.

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