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RASP Now!

There are times when you may need to know the standard RASP paremters for the current half-hour period. For example, it's 11:30, what is the RASP prediction right now?

This is the kind of thing you can have as a short link on your GPRS/3G phone and it doesn't need a lot of bandwidth to send to you (particularly if you request HTML text).

Before using the script, bear in mind these are done on the fly in real-time. So if the time "right now" is before 06:00 GMT and after 18:00 GMT, you will not have any output below.

Also note that the default location is for the RAT turnpoint in East Anglia - be sure to add the turnpoint you actually want to see.


To get a current forecast (Aboyne in this case), use the following URL, with the appropriate turn point:

http://app.stratus.org.uk/blip/rasp_now.php?tp=ABO

Which would look like (this is a previous example and not live data):



Now if for some reason you prefer a text version (not an image), then add on the parameter &output=text. This would give the following URL to use:

http://app.stratus.org.uk/blip/rasp_now.php?tp=LAS&output=text


The resulting output for Lasham Clubhouse at 16:51, looks like this:

Current Time 1651 - RASP Prediction Report for 17:00 for Lasham Clubhouse - LAS (1074, 1657)
W* Rate:0 ft/secBL Top:438 ftTherm Ht:413 ftHCrit:413 ft
Cloud base:1365.3 ftTemperature:6.3 CDew Point:2.2 CLocal QFE:1012 mb
Sfc Wind Speed: 7 ktsSfc Wind Dir:242 degSurface Sun %:No SunRain this period:0.00 mm

The following is a live request for Rattlesden in East Anglia (RAT):

http://app.stratus.org.uk/blip/rasp_now.php?tp=RAT




Note if it is outside the RASP forecast hours, it will say so!
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