CSWeather Overview

CSWeather is included as part of our Center Stage Live package for capturing basic weather information for use in CSRDS and the on-air modules CSLive and CSOMT 

CSWeather performs two formatting operations providing CSRDS with a 64 character message for the RDS/RBDS,HD, Web Site, and streaming players, and a the detailed forecast for an on-air broadcast with CSLive. 

As is, CSWeather extracts data from NOAA’s National Weather Service and Environment Canada’s text forecast Internet sites. Please see our Disclaimer for details about these services. 

For information on capturing data for your area see the National Weather Service or Environment Canada sections for configuration instructions. CSWeather will also issue pop-up notifications for Center Stage Live workstations when advisories are issued by NOAA’s National Weather Service(Warnings) The pop-up is a small flashing window indicating a weather advisory is in effect. Currently this is only available from the National Weather Service. However, if and when the information is available from Environment Canada we will add the process for Environment Canada users. 

For information on using a subscription service please contact Arctic Palm Technology Inc.

Disclaimer

Weather Services US and Canada

CSWeather extracts weather information from the text services internet sites of Environment Canada (http://weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca) and The NOAA’s National Weather (http://www.weather.gov).

Every effort has been taken to provide the most recent and reliable information available. However, timely and accurate delivery of data and products through the Internet is not guaranteed.

CSWeather will process data based on weather service information and formats at the time of release. However, the format and content is controlled by the weather service and may be changed without notice. In the event of format changes, we will make every effort to provide the necessary updates but continued service is not guaranteed.

Subscription Services

Please contact Arctic Palm for details on using a service other than Environment Canada or the NOAA’s Nations Weather Service. There is a one-time setup fee to provide access to the subscription services and requires the service to provide a link and data format information.

Thank you for choosing Center Stage Live

Stu Buck
Director Product Development
Arctic Palm Technology Inc
E-Mail: csbuck@arcticpalm.com
Website: www.arcticpalm.com

Basic Configuration

Before using CSWeather we must define a few parameters for our station. To start, select Properties from the Tools menu to open the configuration window. Once the window opens we may enter the following:

Installed In

  • Enter the full path to the directory where Center Stage Live is installed.

Configuration ID

  • If desired, you may run multiple versions of CSWeather feeding different information to different stations. To do so, use this area to create a new configuration id as CSW_###.SYS where ### is a unique number for this configuration. Add this name to the Target in the CSWeather shortcut to start this configuration.

Subscription Service Downloads

  • Some Subscription services provide an FTP download of the weather data that will require a login and password to access the data. If using a subscription service please contact Arctic Palm for details as custom programming charges may apply. If a Subscription service is not used, this area should be left blank.

Folders

  • If required for a subscription service we would enter the FTP folders in this area. Again, unless using a subscription service, leave this area blank.

Cities to Report

  • With the changes to Environment Canada’s Web page this is no longer required

Traffic For

  • If subscribed to Trafficnet.ca, enter the city for the traffic information

Severity

  • Select the level of severity that should be used for the displays

Stations to Update

  • Check the stations to receive the updates from the list of stations. Note: You must configure Center Stage Live first.

CSReporter

  • IF CSWeather is processing school closings, bus delays, etc from remote sites via CSReporter, select this option.

No CSLive Alerts

  • If CSLive is not used in the On-Air studios or you do not wish on-air pop-ups to appear for alerts, select this option.

Send Notice

  • If CSReporter information is being merged and re-posted to a web site, and the site requires a notification as to when changes were made, select this option.

Parse Status

  • If CSReporter information is being used for a TV Crawl that is limited in size, select this option to parse the data to a max of 43 characters.

RDS Sever

  • If Traffic information is being used, select this option to limit the Data Casting displays to Sever Events only.

Upper Case

  • Force the message to Upper Case characters

AP

  • If using the AP Web Feeds Agent Capture and wish to update CSLive and the Data Casting services with AP info, select this option. (See AP Configuration)

No RDS

  • If the data captured by CSWeather is for use in CSLive Only select this option to block the data from the RDS and Data Casting Services

BURLI

  • If capturing information from the Burli news system select this option

Social Media

  • If you would like information captured by CSWeather to be posted to CSSocial, select this option

URL

  • Enter the full path or URL required to access the weather data. For Environment Canada or NOAA’s National Weather Service see Environment Canada or National Weather Service sections to find the URL for your area.

Do Not Add to RDS Display

  • Select this option to download the weather forecast for on-air use in CSLive, CSOmt, Maestro or other applications with adding the message to the RDS display. .

Credit Service in RDS Display

  • Select this option to credit the weather service for the information in the RDS display.

Save Text Data In

  • This area is also used for subscription services that “push” the data to your site. When entered, CSWeather will parse the local files defined here.

Once all configuration information is entered, click Update to save your settings. You will receive a confirmation message telling you the configuration has been updated. Click Continue to return to the main window.

The National Weather Service Current Forecast

If desired, you may add the current weather conditions to RDS displays and to the on-air studio. Since the RDS display is limited in size CSWeather will try to put as much in the message as possible.

To add the Link to the National Weather Service Current conditions:

  1. Start your Internet Browser and go to http://www.weather.gov.
  2.  When the Map of the US appears, click on the area of the state where you are located.
  3. When the map of you local area appears click on the city
  4. When the forecast for tat city appears scroll down until you see the orange XML button
  5. Click the XML command to see the actual XML data
  6. Record the Address (URL) exactly as shown in the address area of your browser. For example Champaign IL would be http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.00047&lon=-88.311525423729&unit=0&lg=english&FcstType=dwml
  7. Start CSWeather and select Properties from the Tools Menu.
  8. Enter the Address (URL) exactly as shown in the URL area (Below the No RDS Option). 
  9. Press TAB and Click Update.

Note: You may cut and paste the URL by highlighting the URL, right click and select copy. Start CSWeather, select Tools -- Properties, and click in the Local and HTTP file locations box. Right click and select Paste. Pres the TAB key to add the URL to the list.

Configuration for Environment Canada

To Add a link to an Environment Canada forecast for your area:

  1. Start your Internet browser and go to http://weather.gc.ca
  2. Select English or French.
  3. Click the Map closest to your location or Select your province.
  4. When the Provincial Map appears, click the city closest to your area
  5. Record the Address(URL) exactly as shown in your browser.
  6. Start CSWeather and select properties from the Tools Menu.
  7. Enter the Address(URL) exactly as shown in the URL area and click Add
  8. Press Tab and click Update.

**Note: You may copy and paste the Address(URL) by highlighting the address in the Browser window, right click and select copy. In CSWeather, click on the Local and HTTP file locations area, right click and select paste.

AP ANPA Files

If you are using the ANPA Web Feeds agent, that module will download various items and save them in a user definable directory. CSWeather may then be configured to monitor that directory and update CSLive and CSRDS with the selected items.

To configure CSWeather for ANPA Feeds:

  1. Select AP ANPA Files from the tools menu
  2. Select the CSLive Category from the drop down list
  3. Use the Browse command to select the path to where the ANPA files were downloaded
  4. Select the categories you would like to use for this CSLive Category
  5. Select the stations to update
  6. Select the modules to use these items. (CSRDS includes CSLive)
  7. Click Update

Repeat this process for each CSLive Category

Sports Selections

Sports selections require a subscription to a sporting site(s ) providing XML feeds for sporting events. Depending on the information required this may be two different sites. One for upcoming games and another for updated scores. Since the information is coming from the stations subscription site, this process will require custom programming. Please contact Arctic Palm Technology Inc for pricing information. Contact information is available at www.arcticpalm.com.

When used, CSWeather will scan the site looking for selected teams that are playing on the current date. When found the “RDS” display will include the home and visiting teams, the game time and if available the over/under and/or spread.

Once the game starts, CSWeather will scan the site every few minutes checking for score updates. When completed, the final score will be included in the display until 9am the following day.

Each station can select up to 2 teams in each sport they have the license to carry.

Select up to 2 teams in each sport you wish to carry and as long as that team is playing, regardless of who they are playing, CSWeather will capture the available information. If you do not wish to carry the sport, do not select any teams in that sport.

View Menu

The View Menu has three options, Event Viewer, Viewer Rotation and our Disclaimer.

Event Viewer

This option will display a Log View, a Display View of the formatted messages (RDS format), and Errors

  • The Log View is the same information as shown in the blue area of the main window in a larger display with a print function.
  • The Display View displays all of the current messages in the RDS format.
  • The Errors list displays a list of any FTP, or Internet errors that may have occurred during the data downloads.

Viewer Rotation

This is a selectable option that will display each message in the upper right area of the main window on a 3 second interval. This can be used to verify the formats CSWeather will send to CSRDS.

Disclaimer

CSWeather is capturing and formatting data from various weather services and has no control of the data or formats. Should formats change or services stop updating these sources the weather links may no longer be active. Please check the Disclaimer for details.

File Menu

Use the File Menu to force an update of the weather data (F5) or select Exit to close the CSWeather service. Note: When closing you will receive a confirmation notice and the option to delete all existing data. If not deleted, the data will remain as is until the end of the day or CSWeather is restarted and a new update is completed.

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