Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wanting to watch the weather on my computer while at work, many years ago I wrote a little program that would rotate the Windows background image through several current weather maps downloaded from NOAA and NWS websites. Honestly, it worked OK, but not stellar.
Living Las Vegas gave me very little drive to be informed with the weather; it was simply depressing. Hot... Hot... OMG Hot... WTF Hot... oh... one nice day. meh... FUUU HOT! I did NOT like the weather there.
Now, living back in the mid-west, I have been gaining interest in watching the weather again. Since watching any cable weather outlet while working is quite distracting, a weather screen saver is the next best thing. In this post I will detail how to setup a desktop Linux distribution (Debian "Jessie" to be exact) to download maps and radar images from the NWS and have the screen saver cycle through the images. Personally, this runs on my spare Linux box next to my work computer.