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News and Updates / Re: Weatherscan has been on hiatus, but is coming back!
« Last post by cc17926 on Yesterday at 10:13:29 PM »
That's cool to hear! I've even noticed that from your latest stream during Hurricane Maria. Just out of curiosity, does the severe weather crawl kind of uses the same source code like what the WeatherSTAR 4000 v3 simulator uses?

I was not apart of the design process of the 4000 simulator, so I can't speak for the process performed on that end.. I originate the bulletin crawls from the NWS EMWIN (Emergency Manager's Weather Information Network) data feed. As the messages come in, I process them so they may be retrieved by the Emulator. It is in theory that the Emulator will pick up these messages within a minute of their dispatch, and will be displayed on the crawl line.

Looks great Brian! :thumbsup:

Question about the crawl: does it still require a separate program, or is it built into the emulator?

Thank you! Back in pilot testing in 2008, this was a separate program, this is now integrated into the emulator.
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News and Updates / Re: Weatherscan has been on hiatus, but is coming back!
« Last post by Jonathon on Yesterday at 08:31:26 PM »
Hey folks! Update since the last time I posted, I have been able to bring the Bulletin Crawl into full operation inside the Emulator. The principle of how it works is extremely basic:

On the server end, when a message is received from the NWS, we update a file specific to the WFO of your local office who issued the message.

On the client end, every minute, the Emulator will poll the server to check the latest message from your WFO. At that point, if the file is new, the Emulator will challenge that message with your Zone or County code. If your Zone or County is found to be inside this message, it will present the emulator with this text, and ONLY the text pertaining to your Zone or County. Once this has been received by the Emulator, it will then scroll across the bottom of the screen for a pre-determined length of time. (At this moment, it is set for 10 minutes but I may change this to 15.)

Currently, I am testing this to make sure it works properly. Through testing, I have fixed a few bugs along the way, but this system appears to be working.

At the present moment, I am hosting a YouTube Live running the Emulator over Puerto Rico, and if there is a Bulletin issued, you will see it crawl across the bottom of the screen. Tune in at http://youtube.com/cc17926 ..
Looks great Brian! :thumbsup:

Question about the crawl: does it still require a separate program, or is it built into the emulator?
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TWC Fan Art / Re: WeatherSTAR XL Animated Icons
« Last post by 22appaar on Yesterday at 08:30:18 PM »
I Know!
The Fan Made Ones Are The Ones I'm Trying To Get My Hands On!
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TWC Fan Art / Re: WeatherSTAR XL Animated Icons
« Last post by Jonathon on Yesterday at 08:28:45 PM »
Those Icons Are Property Of TWC. You Can't Get Your Hands On Them. Sorry.

There are plenty of fan-made renditions around, and while they aren't animated, they'll work just fine.
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TWC Fan Art / WeatherSTAR XL Animated Icons
« Last post by 22appaar on Yesterday at 07:41:28 PM »
If Anybody Has Them, Could You Please Send Me The WeatherSTAR XL Animated Icons?

Please & Thank You.
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The Weatherscan XL Emulator is currently under development again, and you can follow the progress here! http://twctodayforums.com/forums/news-and-updates/weatherscan-has-been-on-hiatus-but-is-coming-back!/

Until it's ready for release, there are no downloads available

Live Streams Are Also On YouTube.
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The Weatherscan XL Emulator is currently under development again, and you can follow the progress here! http://twctodayforums.com/forums/news-and-updates/weatherscan-has-been-on-hiatus-but-is-coming-back!/

Until it's ready for release, there are no downloads available
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Get The Latest Release Here! / Re: Where can I download the Weatherscan XL emulator?
« Last post by 22appaar on September 20, 2017, 04:16:36 PM »
I Think CINE is Rediculous.
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Get The Latest Release Here! / Re: Where can I download the Weatherscan XL emulator?
« Last post by Noltech on September 20, 2017, 12:51:29 PM »
There is no other download links.
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News and Updates / Re: Weatherscan has been on hiatus, but is coming back!
« Last post by WeatherSTARIII on September 19, 2017, 08:59:18 PM »
Hey folks! Update since the last time I posted, I have been able to bring the Bulletin Crawl into full operation inside the Emulator. The principle of how it works is extremely basic:

On the server end, when a message is received from the NWS, we update a file specific to the WFO of your local office who issued the message.

On the client end, every minute, the Emulator will poll the server to check the latest message from your WFO. At that point, if the file is new, the Emulator will challenge that message with your Zone or County code. If your Zone or County is found to be inside this message, it will present the emulator with this text, and ONLY the text pertaining to your Zone or County. Once this has been received by the Emulator, it will then scroll across the bottom of the screen for a pre-determined length of time. (At this moment, it is set for 10 minutes but I may change this to 15.)

Currently, I am testing this to make sure it works properly. Through testing, I have fixed a few bugs along the way, but this system appears to be working.

At the present moment, I am hosting a YouTube Live running the Emulator over Puerto Rico, and if there is a Bulletin issued, you will see it crawl across the bottom of the screen. Tune in at http://youtube.com/cc17926 ..

That's cool to hear! I've even noticed that from your latest stream during Hurricane Maria. Just out of curiosity, does the severe weather crawl kind of uses the same source code like what the WeatherSTAR 4000 v3 simulator uses?

One other thing that I have here is that I happen to have the official WeatherScan XL manual that's from around 2000 (I found it from the former TWC WeatherSTAR support website from the Internet Archive since the website no longer exists anymore, but still manage to find the official WeatherScan XL manual). I've also found some additional WeatherScan XL-related press releases from around 2000-01.

What's even interesting about the official manual is that the real WeatherScan XL back then also had Garden Forecasts, Golf Forecasts, Fall Foliage (something which the previous version of the emulator once had), Health, International Forecast, Spanish Forecasts, Skiing Forecast, and a Travel Forecasts feature. It even mentions in the manual that the main local forecast segment also apparently had different flavors (they had a "Core-Package" which is something that the emulator previously had and a "Mini-Core Package", which only has some features of the local forecast segment).

Lastly, the manual also mentions that there were not only the "Neighborhood" and "City" themes, but also a "Desert" theme, a "Forest" theme, a "Mountain East" theme, a "Mountain West" theme, a "Ocean East" theme, and lastly, a "Ocean West" theme.

So I wonder if it's possible to get some of the data from any of the other official features mentioned in the official WeatherScan XL manual?
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