Voice Spoken Weather Report

Here is a Powershell script that is fun, and useful if you like to be able to get a spoken weather report quickly.  It uses the SAPI com object in Windows to convert text to voice. If you have more than one TTS engine on your PC, you will be able to modify it under the Windows Control Panel.

To start with you will need to create a function that will be used to convert text to voice.

function say

{

$Voice = new-object -com SAPI.SpVoice #Make a voice object using the com object.

$Voice.Speak( $Args[0], 0 )|out-null

}

The second part of this script comes from /\/\o\/\/. You’ll find a detailed post on how to connect to a web-service to capture weather information.  That is located here:

http://thepowershellguy.com/blogs/posh/archive/2009/05/15/powershell-v2-get-weather-function-using-a-web-service.aspx

What I’ve done is to put his work into a function that allows you to select a country or city based on command line parameters, and then speak the results over your computer speakers. If you select the -help parameter and use the -country countryname parameter, all of the cities for your country will be selected.

Here is that function:

Function Get-Weather ([switch]$help,$city,$country,$filter = ”)

{

$weather = New-WebServiceProxy -uri http://www.webservicex.com/globalweather.asmx?WSDL

if ($help)

{

write-host “Starting help.”

$xml = [xml]$weather.GetCitiesByCountry($Country)

$xml.NewDataSet.table | sort city | Out-GridView

}
else

{

([xml]$weather.GetWeather($City,$country)).CurrentWeather

}

}

Now that the functions are out of the way, here is the “main” portion of the script.

#Main
#Determine if help switch is active.

switch ($help)

{

{$_ -eq $true }

{

get-weather -help -country $country

break

}

default

{

if ($full)#This is the full text output. No audio.

{

Get-Weather  -country $country -city $city

}

else #Audio output, streamlined for quicker information.

{

$currentWeather = get-weather -city $city

Write-Host $currentWeather

$currentTemperature = $currentWeather.temperature

$currentTemperature = $currentTemperature.split()

$currentSkyConditions = $currentWeather.SkyConditions

$wrsentence = “Here is the weather information you needed. In ” +  $city + ” the temperature is ” + [int]$currentTemperature[1] + ” degrees fahrenheit, and it is ” + $currentSkyConditions

say $wrsentence

}

}

}

I’ve used the default city of Memphis that I set up in the parameters, but it works just as well if I used the command line parameters.

I’ve saved all of this in a script called get-weather.ps1

Here is a sample using  Quebec, Canada

.\get-weather  -country Canada -city Quebec

If  I am not sure of all of the city names that are available for Mexico, then I can type:

.\get-weather  -country Mexico -help

This will open up an out-grid view with all of the cities available in Mexico.

Since I set Memphis as the default city in the parameters, just typing the following will give me local weather information.

.\get-weather.ps1

If I want just screen output for a city, I can use something like the following:

.\get-weather -full -country canada -city Quebec

Give this a try and see if it works. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Patrick

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About Patrick
I am a Senior Systems Administrator for AT&T. I have been with AT&T for over 15 years. I spend most of my time working with Microsoft Powershell in an effort to find creative ways to manage the data on our file shares. I’ve found Powershell to be a useful, and interesting way to perform Sys. Admin functions.

2 Responses to Voice Spoken Weather Report

  1. Rachel M says:

    So, I like this method, but how do I find more voices? My current voice sounds like a robot, or a cylon from Battlestar Galactica.

    • Patrick says:

      Hey Rachel.
      I down loaded a demo voice from http://www.cepstral.com. They have a large selection. The demo voices have a message that reminds you that you are using a demo. To purchase a voice cost about $29. It might be worth it depending how much you are interested in voice reminders, alerts, etc. I am going to post more scripts related to voice stuff

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