RSS Weather Feeds Available

RSS/XML feeds for Iowa weather and hydrology are now readily available and indexed on our website.  What are RSS feeds?   RSS has several meanings: Really Simple Syndication, Rich Site Summary, and RDF Site Summary where RDF in turn stands for Resource Data Framework.  In any case, it is a method of summarizing the latest news and information from a website in a lightweight form that can be easily read by any number of news readers or aggregators.  Many e-mail clients and web browsers also include ways to read the feeds by using the "Live Bookmark" or "Feeds" functionality.  The idea is to give users the ability to quickly obtain the latest news and updates from a site in a headline or news digest format.  This in turn helps during high-traffic periods by reducing the load on the servers.

RSS feeds on the following topics are available on our website and can be found by clicking the RSS Feed link on the left, or by clicking here.

  • National products from the Storm Prediction Center
  • News and updates from the National Weather Service in Des Moines
  • Watches, warnings and advisories for the entire state or indexed by county
  • Hydrologic observations, forecasts and alerts for the entire state, by gauge, or by county.
  • Iowa weather observations

RSS/XML products for the entire county can be found at

Data and information on experimental XML/CAP 1.1 feeds and web displays of watches, warnings and advisories can be found at

For additional information on these RSS feeds please contact Des Moines Information Technology Officer Shane Searcy ( or Senior Meteorologist Brad Small (


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