Thursday, July 21, 2005

NOAA now using Podcasts and RSS feeds

The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is testing out using RSS and Podcasting to serve data.

Some local offices, such as Phoenix, AZ, are even doing a Podcast kind of thing by providing a local weather recap MP3 file. You can check out Phoenix NOAA Weather Radio MP3 format broadcasts at I hope that all the NOAA offices pickup on the Podcast thing and actually configure it to work like a Podcast with an RSS subscription.

You can check out, and subscribe, to all kinds of RSS data feeds at This is really cool. You just put this in your aggregator and it will notify you of weather alerts in your county. I have been trying this for several months and it works great.

There also is an RSS feed from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL at I have been subscribed to this all year and it is really interesting to read all the alerts.