While pondering existence at work today, wondering if this guy doing a presentation in the room was just going to put a huge number of text bullet points in powerpoint while slowly reading verbatim in a monotone voice all day, I saw that @TheAlmightySnark did something neat with his nice watch. Here it is:
METAR bot (and his sidekick TAF bot ). All say hello to @wxbot! (quiet and disorganized awkward reply: ‘hello’).
To use them just ask the weather at a ICAO location. Like this text in a chat or post (use square brackets for real):
Which (hopefully) goes and finds out and says this:
@fearlessfrog METAR raw report: CYVR 272200Z 13008KT 15SM -RA FEW008 FEW030 SCT055 BKN065 OVC078 12/10 A2981 RMK CF1SC1SC2SC3AC1 VIS N 12SM SLP096.
You can also use TAF for weather forecasts too.
To parse the METAR format (something I was learning myself anyway) you can use this:
So one important question is ‘Why? This isn’t really that useful. Why on earth add it here, it doesn’t really do anything useful?’
That is an excellent question. Thanks for asking.