For Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 & 8
|NOAA has made changes to the weather data websites and this program now only works for some cities. Before bothering to download the program you should follow the instructions below to see if you can reach the necessary NOAA data page. The data page should look like this|
This utility tells you how many days it's been since it rained in your area. You can use it to tell whether this is a good day to try for Ol' Boggy. You can also use it to alert you to water the lawn, and other non-caching purposes.
Go Here and click on the little green dot nearest you. On the next page, select Preliminary Monthly Climate Data then select the location nearest you and Click GO. The next page contains the rainfall data for the weather station nearest you. Click Here to see an example of what the correct screen looks like. NOTE: If you don't see a screen that looks like this the Rainfall program will not work in your local area.
Copy the URL/link at the top of the rainfall data page. The URL will look something like this:
To copy the URL/link, click in the Address bar at the top of the browser screen. This should highlight/mark the entire URL. Go to Edit > Copy to copy the link or press Ctrl & C at the same time.
After you have downloaded the program, it will run once. Don't run it again until you have configured it. Go to this folder:
If using XP --
C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Thots
Open the file named rainfall.cfg in Notepad or Wordpad and replace the similar URL there with the one you copied from the NOAA data page. You must be careful to replace all of the example URL and only the URL. If you mess it up, just delete the rainfall.cfg file, and run the program once to make a new one.
the Entries in the rainfall.cfg File
Put a Shortcut to the Program in Your Windows Startup Folder
The program is designed to run at computer startup. It should put a shortcut in your windows Startup folder automatically when you install it, but if it doesn't or you removed it you will have to put one there yourself.
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