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README.md

NAME

WebService::ForecastIO - Perl client for api.forecast.io

VERSION

version 0.01

SYNOPSIS

use 5.014;

my $forecast = WebService::ForecastIO->new(
        api_key => 'secret',
        units => 'si', # metric units
        exclude => 'hourly,minutely,currently,flags', # get 7 day forecast only
);

#                             latitude          longitude
my $json = $forecast->request(29.7492738082192, -95.4709680410959);

# Human readable summary of daily data
say $json->{daily}->{summary};

OVERVIEW

This is a Perl client for forecast.io API. Forecast.io applies "big data" analysis techniques to publicly available weather data including radar image analysis. One of the things it attempts to predict is when certain weather events like rain will start, and the duration of those events.

This library requires an API key which can be obtained for free from the developer web site. The first 1,000 calls per day are allowed without charge. (More calls can be made if payment arrangements are made.)

See the API docs for full details about what data is provided and what granularity data sets are offered.

NOTE: Errors are fatal. Please use something like Try::Tiny if you want to handle errors some other way.

ATTRIBUTES

units

This attribute overrides the default units of us. Available units are:

  • si

Metric units (windspeed in meters/second)

  • ca

Metric units, except windspeed in km/h

  • uk

Metric units, except windspeed in mi/h

  • auto

Unit selection based on request IP geolocation

exclude

A comma delimited list of data sets to exclude. Choices are:

minutely, currently, hourly, daily, alerts, flags

See the API docs for information about what these data blocks represent.

Spaces should be omitted between exclusions.

api_key

Holds the API key for the forecast.io service.

METHODS

request

This method takes two or three parameters.

The first two parameters are latitude and longitude expressed as floats. The optional third parameter is a time value. The time value can be expressed as either epoch seconds or as an iso8601 format time.

Data sets up to 60 years old are available. (Such times should be expressed as iso8601 format times since epoch seconds start at midnight, January 1, 1970.)

to_timepiece

A convenience method that takes epoch seconds and returns a new Time::Piece object. You can stringify this object to iso8601 format by calling the datetime() method on it.

parse_datetime

A convenience method that takes an iso8601 formatted string and returns a new Time::Piece object. This object can output epoch seconds by calling the epoch() method on it.

SEE ALSO

AUTHOR

Mark Allen mrallen1@yahoo.com

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

This software is copyright (c) 2013 by Mark Allen.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.

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