Due to many requests, we are providing an alternative access to the
hurricane site data. Currently, those who have experience using the
web services technology SOAP can access several data sets about the
current, active hurricanes or tropical storms.
For those interested, the web services description files (WSDL) are
available from here.
This file enumerates the three SOAP methods available to access the
current hurricane information. The web service has been tested with
MS-SOAP, Apache SOAP, and Perl's SOAP::Lite. The use of these web
services is left to the user.
Here is a summary of the three methods available:
getCurrentStorms() This method provides the equivalent of
the web sites front page listing of current,active storms. The method
returns name, position, date, wind speed, and pressure of the current
storms. There can be zero or more results from this method. This
method returns an array of StormResult objects.
getStormPosition() This method will return all of
the position data for a given storm. The method requires the storm
code to execute. The storm code is returned as a part of
the getCurrentStorms() result sets. This method returns an
array of StormDataResult objects.
getStormForecastPosition() Returns the current forecast
track for a storm. As above, this method requires the storm
code that is returned as a part of getCurrentStorms()
method call. This method returns an array of StormDataResult
objects. The wind and pressure fields of the StormDataResult
will always be zero in the results.
It is our hope that this will provide yet another method to provide
time critical information about hurricanes and tropical storms that
may effect the United States mainland. If you have problems with the
service or have requests for additional services, please use the
"Comment or Request" link from the front page of the Hurricane web
site under the "Web Services Access" selection.
Good luck, and have fun ....