UK satellite infrared map tutorial

This page contains basic tutorials showing how the UK satellite infrared map overlay data feeds can be used to retrieve data.

Please refer to the detailed documentation for the current weather map overlays data feeds for more detailed information.

Introduction

The current weather map layers UK satellite infrared data feeds provide access to forecast layers for various points in the future, covering the UK and surrounding area.

Tutorials

The current weather map layers UK satellite infrared data feeds can be used with web services or via the JavaScript API. While it is possible to use neither of these, we recommend that one of these methods is used to check whether the data has been updated since it was last requested. Here we describe how to retrieve weather map layers using both of these methods.

You would like to retrieve a UK satellite infrared layer for a particular timestep

Via the web services

  1. Call the current weather map layers UK satellite infrared capabilities web service to check whether the data has been updated since it was last requested and to check which timesteps are available
  2. If so, build the url corresponding to the timestep for which you would like a forecast by taking the content of the BaseUrl element in the data returned by the current weather map layers UK satellite infrared capabilities web service and replacing the elements enclosed within curly brackets as described in the detailed documentation .

Via the JavaScript API

  1. Call the metoffice.layers.observations.getCapabilities method to check whether the data has been updated since it was last requested and to check which timesteps are available
  2. If so, retrieve the url corresponding to the UK satellite infrared forecast for time you are interested in.

Last Updated: 14 March 2014

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