NAME

Weather::Underground - Perl extension for retrieving weather information from wunderground.com

SYNOPSIS

        use Weather::Underground;

        $weather = Weather::Underground->new(
                place   =>      "Montreal, Canada",
                debug           =>      0
                )
                || die "Error, could not create new weather object: $@\n";

        $arrayref = $weather->getweather()
                || die "Error, calling getweather() failed: $@\n";

        foreach (@$arrayref) {
                print "MATCH:\n";
                while (($key, $value) = each %{$_}) {
                        print "\t$key = $value\n";
                        }
                }

DESCRIPTION

Weather::Underground is a perl module which provides a simple OO interface to retrieving weather data for a geographic location. It does so by querying wunderground.com and parsing the returned results.

CONSTRUCTOR

        new(hashref);

new() creates and returns a new Weather::Underground object.

"hashref" is a reference to a hash.

Required keys in the hash:

        place

Optional keys in the hash:

        debug

"place" key should be assigned the value of the geographical place you would like to retrieve the weather information for. The format of specifying the place really depends on wunderground.com more than it depends on this perl module, however at the time of this writing they accept 'City', 'City, State', 'State', 'State, Country' and 'Country'.

"debug" key should be set to 0 or 1. 0 means no debugging information will be printed, 1 means debug information will be printed.

METHODS

        getweather();

getweather() is used to initiate the connection to wunderground.com, query their system, and parse the results.

If no results are found, returns undef;

If results are found, returns an array reference. Each element in the array is a hash reference. Each hash contains information about a place that matched the query;

Each hash contains the following keys:

        place
        (the exact place that was matched)

        celsius
        (the temperature in celsius)

        fahrenheit
        (the temperature in fahrenheit)

        humidity
        (humidity percentage)

        conditions
        (a 1-3 word sentence describing overall conditions, example: 'Partly cloudy')
        

NOTICE

Your query may result in more than 1 match. Each match is a hash reference added as a new value in the array which getweather() returns the reference to.

EXAMPLES

Example 1: Print all matching information

        See SYNOPSIS

Example 2: Print the Celsius temperature of the first matching place

        use Weather::Underground;

        $weather = Weather::Underground->new(
                place   =>      "Montreal",
                debug           =>      0
                )
                || die "Error, could not create new weather object: $@\n";

        $arrayref = $weather->getweather()
                || die "Error, calling getweather() failed: $@\n";

        print "The celsius temperature at the first matching place is " . $arrayref->[0]->{celsius} . "\n";

ERRORS

All methods return something that evaluates to true when successful, or undef when not successful.

If the constructor or a method returns undef, the variable $@ will contain a text string containing the error that occurred.

AUTHOR

Mina Naguib, webmaster@topfx.com