Display Weather from Command Line

Since I work on Linux/OSX command line all day, I prefer to get my information such as stock quote or weather via command line. Here is a script to do that.

A couple of notes:

  1. I use curl instead of the TclCurl package because my system does not come with TclCurl
  2. The script employs Google Weather API to retrieve weather data. The rest of the script deals with converting that data from XML format to human-readable format.
  3. I use this script as part of my geek tool output.

Here is a sample output of the script:

$ weather
Seattle, WA 98121 2009-05-08 22:15:09 +0000 
  Condition      : Overcast
  Temperature (F): 61
  Humidity       : 47%
  Wind           : NE at 2 mph

  Fri 63 45 Mostly Sunny 
  Sat 68 47 Mostly Sunny 
  Sun 67 49 Mostly Sunny 
  Mon 61 47 Chance of Showers 

Bothell, WA 98012 2009-05-08 22:18:51 +0000 
  Condition      : Cloudy
  Temperature (F): 55
  Humidity       : 58%
  Wind           : N at 2 mph

  Fri 59 41 Mostly Sunny 
  Sat 63 43 Mostly Sunny 
  Sun 65 45 Mostly Sunny 
  Mon 58 41 Chance of Showers 

Here is the script itself:

#!/usr/bin/env tclsh

package require tdom

# Provide the default zip codes of none specified
if {$argc == 0} { set argv {98121 98012} }

foreach location $argv {
    set xml [exec curl --silent http://www.google.com/ig/api?weather=$location]

    set doc [dom parse $xml]
    set root [$doc documentElement]

    #
    # Show Forecast Information
    #

    set inf [$doc getElementsByTagName forecast_information]
    set data ""
    append data "[[$inf selectNodes city] getAttribute data] "
    append data "[[$inf selectNodes postal_code] getAttribute data] "
    append data "[[$inf selectNodes current_date_time] getAttribute data] "
    puts "$data"


    #
    # Show Current Condition
    #
    set currentConditions [$doc getElementsByTagName current_conditions]

    set labels {
        condition      "Condition"
        temp_f         "Temperature (F)"
        humidity       "Humidity"
        wind_condition "Wind"
    }

    set longest 0
    foreach {tag labl} $labels {
        set length [string length $labl]
        if {$length > $longest} { set longest $length }
    }

    foreach {tag labl} $labels {
        set node [$currentConditions selectNodes $tag]
        set data [$node getAttribute data]
        regsub {[^:]*: *} $data "" data
        puts [format "  %-*s: %s" $longest $labl $data]
    }

    puts ""

    # Show Conditions for Next Days
    foreach cond [$doc getElementsByTagName forecast_conditions] {
        set data ""
        append data "[[$cond selectNodes day_of_week] getAttribute data] "
        append data "[[$cond selectNodes high] getAttribute data] "
        append data "[[$cond selectNodes low] getAttribute data] "
        append data "[[$cond selectNodes condition] getAttribute data] "
        puts "  $data"
    }
    puts ""
}


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