RSS and XML (from usa.gov)
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It's an easy way for you to keep up with news and information that's important to you, and helps you avoid the conventional methods of browsing or searching for information on websites. Now the content you want an be delivered directly to you without cluttering your inbox with e-mail messages. This content is called a "feed."
RSS is written in the Internet coding language known as XML (eXtensible Markup Language), which is why you see RSS buttons commonly labeled with this icon: .
An RSS reader is a small software program that collects and displays RSS feeds. It allows you to scan headlines from a number of news sources in a central location.
Some browsers, such as the current versions of Firefox and Safari have built in RSS readers. If you're using a browser that doesn't currently support RSS, there are a variety of RSS readers available on the web; some are free to download and others are available for purchase. Visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/rss/ for a list of readers.
The first step is to choose an RSS reader. Each reader has a slightly different way of adding a new feed, also called a "channel." Follow the directions for your reader but, in most cases, here's how it works:
NWS Fort Worth RSS Feeds
|Active Watches/Warnings/Statements by County (select county from dropdown box to the right).|
|Provides an in depth discussion of thoughts that support forecast descisions. Updated several times a day.|
|Issued at least twice a day (4am and 4pm) and more frequently as needed. Provides a local outlook for potential hazardous weather that may affect North Texas.|
|During the warm season, provides the public with information regarding strong thunderstorms. In the cool season, provides information regarding potential winter storms and any frost or freeze impacts expected for North Texas.|
|Issued when a storm report is relayed to the NWS Fort Worth office. This may be the impact of convective storms (hail, damaging winds, etc) or winter weather impacts (snowfall or ice accumulations).|
|Issued twice a day (4am and 4pm) and provides a county by county forecast matrix for fire weather conditions. Includes a brief discussion summarizing the fire weather forecast and expected impacts.|
|Issued when the NWS in Fort Worth has special information that may be important for the public (weather radio outages, information regarding new services, etc).|
|Issued when fire weather conditions will support rapid grass fire development.|
|Issued to highlight ongoing or expected weather conditions within the first few hours of the forecast. Frequently issued and updated when precipitation is falling across North Texas.|