Here is the link to the wiki article that started me thinking about these possibilities:NOAA Weather
I tried following the author's instructions verbatim but wasn't able to get it working on my setup. So with all thanks to the original author for the idea I have begun thinking of ways I would like to do something similar. Below are some links for my area and my plans to use them.
Step 1> Find a plain text forecast. I need to write a small program to go to url and get local conditions.
Step 2> Have text-to-speech read that page to me on request (a scene under climate on the orbiter would be awesome)
Step 2(alt)> If text-to-speech can not read from a url, I will need to dump the URL info to a tmp file and have it read that. One challenge with this will be having the dump overwrite the same file location and name, so that my command will always read the same location.
I have a handful of ideas I am going to be trying out today. When I have functional templates I will update. If anyone else is working on similar I would appreciate any information on things you had success with and avenues that met the "you shall not pass" wall.
My links:Still Image, local view of the skyAnother local cam I can tap intoDetailed weather page for on-screen display
And the golden find of the morning!Simple text local forecast
If nothing else, I at least have some quick bookmarks for weather to pull up in the computing menu and a few local cam feeds to hopefully add to climate area of my orbiters instead of security area (as they would if I set them up as standard cameras).
To find local cam feeds I just googled my city and "cam" and to get text weather report I went to weather.gov and selected text view after putting in my zip. I am between major cities in Michigan so didn't have a lot of cams to choose from, in non-rural areas you should be able to find dozens of streetview cams!