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What is RSS?

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 of a number of news readers or news aggregators. 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.

What do I need to use the RSS feeds?
To use our RSS feeds, you need a feed reader or news aggregator installed on your computer. These are applications that can be set to read the feeds on a recurring basis, generally once an hour or so.

Here is a sample list of downloadable feed readers (we are not responsible for any software you choose to download from this list): RSS feed readers

Our RSS feeds:



What version of RSS do you use?
At the present time our feeds use the RSS 2.0 specification. The feeds give the date, time, and advisory number in a fixed format for the latest advisories, along with the link to the advisory itself. We don't include the actual advisory text in the feeds at this time, although we do include the text for the latest Tropical Weather Outlook and Special Tropical Disturbance Statements for the corresponding basin-wide feeds.

Why is the XML logo on the page?
The XML logo is currently in use across the Internet to indicate to users that RSS feeds are available from the site. XML stands for eXtensible Markup Language, and is the basic lingo of the RSS technology.