I'm trying to craft up a Python script that will download the XML files from this RSS Feed - http://alerts.weather.gov/cap/us.php?x=0
After downloading them, I'd then like to join them with the April 2015 shapefile from NOAA - AWIPS Map Database Catalog - Public Forecast Zones
They have similar naming conventions so it should work. I'm new to Python so I don't really know where to begin. I've read about BeautifulSoup, Feedparser, Requests, etc. but I'm still confused.
I have IDLE, the arcpy library, Arc Desktop 10.2.2, and Python 2.7.5.
The main goal of this script would be so that I don't have to rely on the NOAA ArcGIS Online services for data. There are times when it is down but I still need geospatial watches & warnings.
Thanks in advance. Looking forward to help.