As Kevin notes, the release of NOAA Weather data in XML is a big deal. Not only will this make it easier for the smaller guys to start offering weather related services, it means that anyone with with a few free hours and some scripting skills can build the applications that nobody else offered.
Having written the Geo::METAR perl module ages ago (I'm so behind on patches, it's not even funny), I really get why having this in XML rather than some ancient non-human friendly format is important. The METAR spec is a pain to deal with. I'm honestly surprised that the FAA still mandates that pilots learn to read METAR coded weather reports.
Like Kevin, I also wish there was a REST interface to the data too. The old METAR feeds had that much going for them.
Posted by jzawodn at December 06, 2004 09:25 AM