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Weather Underground integration in Ionic Framework

There are several reasons you may wish to add a basic weather forecast to a mobile application. Recently I added weather forecasts to a customer’s LOB app to allow technicians to anticipate weather at multiple job sites. This allows them to better plan for conditions over the course of several days.

In this tutorial, I will build a basic angular service to get weather forecasts using the Weather Underground API.

  1. Create an API Key and store this key in your application’s configuration.
  2. Create an angular service to retrieve the forecast data. Include your API Key in the calls.
    angular.module('WundergroundService', [])
        .factory('WundergroundService', function ($q, $http, Configuration) {
            var factory = {};
            wunderground_api_key = Configuration.wunderground_api_key;
            
            factory.getForecast = function (lat, lng) {
                return $q(function (resolve, reject) {
                    var url = 'http://api.wunderground.com/api/' + wunderground_api_key + '/forecast/q/' + lat + ',' + lng + '.json';
                    var parameters = {}
                    var successCallback = function (response) { 
                        resolve({ "success": true, "message": "", "title": "Success", "data": response }); 
                    };
                    var errorCallback = function (response) {
                        var message = response == null ? ConfigMaster.UnknownError : response.error_description;
                        resolve({ "success": false, "message": message, "title": "Error", "data": null }); 
                    };
                    $http({
    					method: 'GET',
    					url: url,
    					headers: { 'Content-Type': 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded' },
    					transformRequest: function (obj) {
    						var str = [];
    						for (var p in obj)
    							str.push(encodeURIComponent(p) + "=" + encodeURIComponent(obj[p]));
    						return str.join("&");
    					},
    					params: parameters
    				}).success(successCallback).error(errorCallback)
                })
            }
            return factory;
        });

     

  3. Include the service’s js file in your application’s Index.html
    ...
        <script src="js/services/wunderground-service.js"></script>
    ...

     

  4. In your app.js, include the service.
    var app = angular.module('app', ['ionic', 'ngCordova', 'Configuration', ... 'WundergroundService'... ])
    ...

     

  5. In your controller, add a method to call getForecast and store the result in a $scope variable.
    getForecast($scope.Location.Latitude, $scope.Location.Longitude, false);
    getForecast = function (lat, lng, isretry) {
    	var _weather = []
    	if (ConnectivityMonitor.isOnline()) {
    		WundergroundService.getThreeDayForecast(lat, lng).then(function (r) {
    			if (r.success) {
    				if (r.data.response.error) {
    					if (!isretry) {
    						// retry in 0.5 seconds if there was an error
    						setTimeout(function () { getForecast(lat, lng, true); }, 500);
    					}
    					$scope.hasWeather = false;
    				}
    				else {
    					angular.forEach(r.data.forecast.simpleforecast.forecastday, function (forecastday) {
    						if (forecastday.period <= 5) {
    							_weather.push(forecastday);
    						}
    					});
    					$scope.weather = _weather;
    					$scope.hasWeather = true;
    				}
    			}
    		});
    	}
    	else {
    		$scope.hasWeather = false;
    		$scope.weather = null;
    	}
    }

     

  6. In your view, display the result using a repeater and a template.
    ...
    <div class="col" ng-repeat="day in weather" ng-include="'templates/partial/forecast.html'"></div>
    ...
    <span class="weather-title-day" ng-bind="day.date.weekday"></span>
    <br><img ng-src="{{day.icon_url}}" alt="{{day.conditions}}">
    <br>H: <span class="weather-forecast" ng-bind="day.high.fahrenheit"></span>&deg; / L: <span class="weather-forecast" ng-bind="day.low.fahrenheit"></span>&deg;
    <br><span class="weather-forecast" ng-bind="day.conditions"></span>
    

     

Your view will now display a formatted weather forecast, using the images from WeatherUndreground’s simple forecast data.

forecast

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