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Ruby API for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (National Weather Service) weather data

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= noaa

* http://github.com/outoftime/noaa

== Description:

noaa is a library that provides an API for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's weather
data feeds. It currently provides access to two types of data: current conditions (through NOAA::CurrentConditions) and
daily forecasts (through NOAA::Forecast).

== Features:

- Find both current conditions and daily forecasts using lat/lng.
- Access all relevant data returned by the NOAA using a simple and intuitive API

== Requirements:

- libxml-ruby >= 0.9.7 (if there is demand, I could look into allowing REXML as a fallback - shoot me an email)
- geokit >= 1.5.0

== Installation:

  sudo gem sources --add http://gems.github.com (only if you haven't done this before)
  sudo gem install outoftime-noaa
  sudo noaa-update-stations

== Usage:

  # Get current conditions
  conditions = NOAA.current_conditions(lat, lng)
  puts "The temperature is currently #{conditions.temperature} degrees, with #{conditions.weather_description.downcase} conditions."
  
  # Get closest weather station, then get current conditions
  # See discussion in documentation of NOAA.current_conditions
  # for why this is a good idea
  station_id = NOAA::Station.closest_to(lat, lng).id
  # persist the station id wherever...
  conditions = NOAA.current_conditions_for_station(station_id)

  # Get four-day forecast
  forecast = NOAA.forecast(4, lat, lng) # This method should not be called more than once an hour for a given lat/lng
  ['today', 'tomorrow', (Date.today + 2).to_s, (Date.today + 3).to_s].each_with_index do |date, i|
    puts "The high for #{date} will be #{forecast[i].high}"
  end

See the API documentation for further discussion.

== Contact:

Mat Brown (mat@patch.com)

I'm always open to feature requests, bugs, and patches.

== License:

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2008 Mat Brown

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