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Zap Weather (formerly Z Weather) is a Joomla application that displays weather for U.S. cities and territories using data provided by the National Weather Service. Forecasts, current conditions and weather alerts are supported. Many display options are available, including single and multiple day forecasts and a choice of either 12 hour or 24 hour forecast display. Z Weather is absolutely free to use and DOES NOT have any advertising or links to commercial sites that other weather products require. The weather data Zap Weather uses is provided free of charge by the U.S. government.
I'm not a programmer and I never have claimed to be, but I know that a warning like this isn't suppposed to appear all of the sudden after five months of use. I have tried to contact the programmers through their website twice, with no response.
If you're not concerned about validation this is a very good tool.
module. It turns out the only site I could find gives them out in "dms" format (whatever that is), while Z Weather expects them in some other format. To top it off, it only accepts negative latitudes because apparently it's supposed to be used in the US only - or at least in the north hemisphere. So, unless you're a reasonable programmer (like myself) and know your way around ther guts of Joomla components (unfortunately not my case), if you live in the south hemisphere don't waste your time trying to make any use of this one.
Z Weather only works for USA cities because the weather data from the National Weather Service only supports USA locations.
The alert portion of Z Weather has been known to take a lot of memory when there is a lot of weather activity occuring in a state with a lot of counties. You can increase the memory in the Z Weather settings screen, or you can disable the alert feature to possibly solve your errors.
Some area's that are in need of improvement:
1) A simpler way of reporting bugs rather than make me fill out a full page registration form (How about a simple form rather than make me sign up with a jomula developer site).
2) Better text display options such as custom colors, fonts and word wrap so the text does not spill out of the module. (The wind direction for example xml feed shows the direction starting with a cap, however the module display is lower case).
3) A better cache update, rather than a cron job. (My web server host limits the cron updating and frequency for security reasons).
4) The icons options are limited. For example they don't center.
All in all the extension is usable, the price is right, the ups and downs of the XML feed from the NWS is not the fault of the author but other than that its reliable, and it fits in nice with most templates I have tried it with.
On the user side the module is perfect with a nice professional look. My only minor issue is in the full component display on the user side some of the text did not wrap and was clipped, but this screen is buried under the 'see more' link and most users won't see it.
Thanks Dan for the great extension.
The issue I have is with the cron job. I just cant seem to get it working (I get errors on argc and argv variables). I'm trying to contact the developer, but no luck yet.
4 of 5 stars so far
Only possible minor bug I found was the 'Forecast Update Time'. Enabling this displays a time in CDT time zone (server is EDT) and the time is oddly 3.5 hours ahead. All other times and features work as expected.
This component is used on our lacrosse site and will let our parents and players know, raincoat or not!
What more could you possibly want for free?