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Here is a funny story. We mostly do hotels in the Caribbean, and one of our first clients (going on ten years now) used the sample “weather.agi”
that used to be shipped with… asterisk@home? Trixbox? Can’t even recall where we originally got it from.

This perl script uses festival to speak a brief weather forecast to the caller. We told our hotels this was a feature for guests, and assigned a function code to execute it. They have been using it for years. In fact the front desk used to just dial it in speaker mode for guests checking in.

Here is the funny part – the text for the weather forecast was coming from an anonymous FTP site at Sometime in 2013 they stopped updating the forecast! So ever since then the caller would get the forecast for June something 2013. But because the weather in St Thomas is nearly the same year round, NO ONE NOTICED! Well, until just recently.

After we stopped laughing about it, they now want me to fix it. But I
can’t seem to find a new source of textual summary weather data.

So… has anyone else run into this and fixed it by chance? Or can point me to weather data?



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