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How to Programmatically Retrieve Weather Data

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Background:
I was working on a project for work a few weeks ago where I needed to get a good idea of the ambient temperatures near the office for a couple of months. I’m running a set of experiments that test how hot our units get when transmitting different amounts of data. I wanted to know how well our products wick-away heat under various temperature conditions. At the time that I started the test, the temperature chamber was occupied, so I decided to go ahead using our outside testing environment.

Getting the Data
At first I didn’t have much data to work with, so I retrieved the data I needed manually from the National Weather Service’s Hourly Weather Data page. After doing this for a while, especially as more data came in became very tiring and inefficient. Continue reading

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