rdwd is an R package to select, download and read climate data from the German Weather Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD). They provide over 25 thousand datasets with weather observations online at ftp://ftp-cdc.dwd.de/pub/CDC/observations_germany/climate.

rdwd is available on CRAN: CRAN_Status_Badge downloads Rdoc

It has been presented at FOSDEM 2017 and UseR!2017 in Brussels, featured in Rstudios data package list and written about in OSOR.

Usage of the package usually looks something like the following:

# download and install the rdwd package (only needed once):

# load the package into library (needed in every R session):

# select a dataset (e.g. last year's daily climate data from Potsdam City):
link <- selectDWD("Potsdam", res="daily", var="kl", per="recent")

# Actually download that dataset, returning the local storage file name:
file <- dataDWD(link, read=FALSE)

# Read the file from the zip folder:
clim <- readDWD(file)

# Inspect the data.frame:

You can also select datasets with the interactive map.
Installation instructions and more examples are available in the package vignette.

vignette("mapDWD") # interactive map, likely faster than CRAN link above
vignette("rdwd")   # package instructions and examples

A real-life usage example of the package can be found at https://github.com/brry/prectemp/blob/master/Code_analysis.R


I’m looking for someone to help implement multiple downloads in dataDWD via e.g. curl or wget. The requirements are as follows: