Weather over Twitter

January 12th, 2007

Too Close!!!

And while we’re talking about recent hacks, Blaine and I whipped up a Jabber bot using his Jabber::Simple and the Yahoo weather feeds, to provide twice daily weather updates via Twitter.

Jabber is an intriguing platform to build on top of, and the more I play with it the more potential I find. I keep checking in on it every few years (since MetaEvents days), but recently its gotten much more interesting. In part thats Google’s adoption of the standard (and the subsequent enhancement in tools, libraries, and clients), and partially standards bake slowly, but at the core of it I think we’re reaching a point in the evolution of the Web where Internet-scale deployed messaging standards have a lot to offer of us. A protocol for when HTTP fails you.

If you follow these bots, you’ll receive those updates wherever you normally get your Twitters; IM, Phone, RSS, or just on the web. So far, we have bots for the following cities: Boston, Brighton, Chicago, Helsinki, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Singapore, and Vancouver. If you’d like to see another city, just ask and we’ll provide.

Slightly out of date source available at twitter-weather – Google Code

And taking requests for new cities. Probably do a big batch of new ones sometime next week. (not really an automated process)

Photo by bonsaikiptb

12 responses to “Weather over Twitter”

  1. Dan says:

    I would love the weather for Cape Town if possible (in Celcius!) :)

  2. S Years says:

    Fresno, California please!

  3. Jeff says:

    I wanted to point you at a source of some other sorts of weather information, specifically, warnings, watches, and other sorts of alerts from the NWS. All available via Jabber.

    The project is called iemchat, and there is a version for public consumption. The website is at

    I thought this might be information that you might want to integrate into your Jabber/Twitter bot.

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  5. kellan says:

    Jeff that looks cool, I’ll definitely check it out.

  6. oviedo says:

    please add oviedo,spain to the list of cities.

    great project! thanks!

  7. Will says:

    I’d really love a weather feed for Ithaca, NY. Zip code 14850.

    Also, I looked for the source code using the link provided and didn’t see anything right away. I’ll look again, but I just thought that I would mention my experience when I tried going after it.

    Thanks, Will

  8. Chantal says:

    Toronto, Canada please!

  9. Alejandro Gonzalez says:

    Please add Monterrey Mexico home of the Universal Cultures Forum 2007 (Forum universal de las culturas)


  10. Damiaan says:

    Amsterdam, Netherlands please!

  11. Fred says:

    Please add Washington, DC

  12. Charles says:

    Please add East Chatham in Columbia County, New York ZIP 12060 — thanks!