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Title: how can i get Conky to display weather?
ID: /2019/11/24/how-can-i-get-Conky-to-display-weather_
Created: November 24, 2019    Edited:  June 12, 2020
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Edit June 7, 2020

I have conky on a 4K TV now so there is ample space to expand the height with weather information.

It is very important to select a mono spaced font that supports arrow signs for wind direction. I choose GE Inspira Mono 12 point but had to restore to Ubuntu 10.5 point afterwards:

# Brightness |
${color orange}${voffset 2}${hr 1}
${color1}${goto 5}Sun Rise: ${color green}${execpi 300 cat /usr/local/bin/.eyesome-sunrise} ${goto 175}${color1}Set: ${color green}${execpi 300 cat /usr/local/bin/.eyesome-sunset} ${alignr}${color1}Level: ${color green}${execpi 10 cat /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness}
# Weather    |
${color orange}${voffset 2}${hr 1}
#${font GE Inspira Mono:size=12}${alignc}${color green}${execpi 300 curl --silent --max-time 3}${font ubuntu:size=10.5}
${font Dejavu Sans Mono:size=12}${alignc}${color green}${execpi 300 curl --silent --max-time 3}${font ubuntu:size=10.5}

This is what it looks like now:

conky weather.png

Yes it is unusually cold for 6 pm on June 7. Worse yet all the rain caused a 20 block power outage a couple hours ago! It was a mixed blessing because I got to install the 32 GB RAM upgrade I bought in March 2020 but was procrastinating on. System is snappier now!

NOTE: Sunrise and Sunset times are fake. I was testing a new function in eyesome today to override the daily automatic retrieval off the internet of Sun Times (aka Twilight times).

Original Answer

Weather is too much information to squeeze into my conky display which is already pretty full. So instead I put it in my terminal splash screen:

terminal splash screen.png

You can get the same information from the command line which you can call from conky:

$ curl --silent --max-time 3

Weather report: Edmonton

     \   /     Clear
      .-.      7..8 Β°C        
   ― (   ) ―   β†’ 6 km/h       
      `-’      10 km          
     /   \     0.0 mm         

To get your city name for see:

Display an image in conky

I saved a picture of today’s weather from and displayed it in conky with the ${image} command:

Weather in conky.png

The relevant conky commands are:

# Brightness |
${color orange}${voffset 2}${hr 1}
${color1}${goto 5}Rise: ${color green}${execpi 300 cat /usr/local/bin/.eyesome-sunrise} ${goto 155}${color1}Set: ${color green}${execpi 300 cat /usr/local/bin/.eyesome-sunset} ${alignr}${color1}Level: ${color green}${execpi 10 cat /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness}

# Image      |
${image /home/rick/Pictures/Weather.png -p 0,1080 -s 400x120}
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