area = name asigned to group of RAWS stations
             id_list = a comma-separated list of RAWS stations by WIMS id and 
           cats_list = a comma-separated list of WIMS climate/fuel identifiers corresponding to the id_list stations

    the following are optional parameters can be omited if you only want the latest data:
                  DD = day to retreive
                  MM = month to retreive
                yyyy = year to retreive