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RE: st: RE: Weathr package on SSC


From   "Buzz Burhans" <buzzb3@earthlink.net>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: RE: Weathr package on SSC
Date   Fri, 4 Feb 2011 15:53:57 -0700

Thanks Neal


Buzz Burhans, Ph.D.

Dairy-Tech Group
So. Albany, VT / Twin Falls ID

Cell: 208-320-0829
ID Fax: 208-735-1289
VT Fax: 802-755-6842

Email: buzzb3@earthlink.net
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Neal Caren
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2011 1:41 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: RE: Weathr package on SSC

It's not automated, but Weather Underground has a Weather History site
(http://www.wunderground.com/history/) that includes the recent past,
including temperature and precipitation.

The format is pretty accessible for scraping weather information into
a data set once you have the html page. Getting to the correct  page
on Weather Underground in an automated fashion is a little tricky and
involves a redirect, so you would want to call a program like cURL
(curl.haxx.se) or Wget (www.gnu.org/software/wget/) instead of
employing Stata's copy.


Neal

On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 1:42 PM, Buzz Burhans <buzzb3@earthlink.net> wrote:
> This is interesting.  Neal, do you know of any way to do a similar
automated
> retrieval of the weather data for the previous 24 hours instead of the
> forecast, i.e. temperature min, max and mean and perhaps the precipitation
> amount?
>
> Buzz
>
>
> Buzz Burhans, Ph.D.
>
> Dairy-Tech Group
> So. Albany, VT / Twin Falls ID
>
> Cell: 208-320-0829
> ID Fax: 208-735-1289
> VT Fax: 802-755-6842
>
> Email: buzzb3@earthlink.net
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Neal Caren
> Sent: Friday, February 04, 2011 8:44 AM
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: st: Weathr package on SSC
>
> Dear Statalist Members,
>
> Thanks to Kit Baum, a new Stata package -weathr- is now available for
> download from SSC:
>
> . ssc install weathr
> or
> . findit weathr
>
> Weathr (note the missing second "e") retrieves the current weather
> conditions and the forecast for the next 36 hours from Yahoo! Weather
> for one or more US zip codes. It requires a connection to the
> internet. For example:
>
> . weathr 27599
>
> Chapel Hill, NC at 10:15 am EST
> Light Rain, 34 F. Forecast: Fri-Rain. High: 38 Low: 35. Sat-AM
> Showers. High: 53 Low: 28.
>
>
>
>
> Thanks,
> Neal
>
> --
> Neal Caren
> Assistant Professor
> Department of Sociology
> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Neal Caren
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Book Review Editor, Social Forces

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