Known.Net | Family | Oakland, CA weather: overcast and 64.9 F

Last updated on: June 19, 2019, 9:07:10

The weather status on the front page is periodically obtained via FTP from This is the code do retrieve it:

(defun get-weather (site)
  (let ((str (net.ftp.client:open-ftp-stream 
	      (format nil "data/observations/metar/decoded/~a.TXT"
		      (string-upcase (string site)))
	      :host "" ;;""
	      :user "anonymous"
	      :password ""
	      :mode :text
	      :passive t)))
	(let ((buffer (make-string 5000)))
	  (let ((i 0))
	      (let ((end (read-sequence buffer str :start i)))
		(if* (<= end i)
		   then ;; end of file
		   else (setq i end))))
	    (subseq buffer 0 i)))
      ;; cleanup
      (close str))))
Here is an example usage:
cl-user(3): (get-weather "koak")
"Oakland, Metro Oakland International Airport, CA, United States (KOAK) 37-43-10N 122-14-07W 26M
Jan 05, 2003 - 04:53 PM EST / 2003.01.05 2153 UTC
Wind: from the WNW (290 degrees) at 8 MPH (7 KT):0
Visibility: 9 mile(s):0
Sky conditions: mostly clear
Temperature: 57.9 F (14.4 C)
Dew Point: 52.0 F (11.1 C)
Relative Humidity: 80%
Pressure (altimeter): 30.19 in. Hg (1022 hPa)
ob: KOAK 052153Z 29007KT 9SM FEW010 14/11 A3019 RMK AO2 SLP223 T01440111
cycle: 22
Sky conditions and Temperature are then parsed from the above and displayed on the main page.


Last updated on: Monday, August 02, 2004 14:20 GMT+8 by e40 (at) known [dot] net.