Cannot grab histoiral dailysummary values from API using JSON with Python

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I am trying to pull historical weather values out of the History > Dailysummary JSON output and I am unable to get the key measures from there. I use the following Python code to grab the JSON content for SF on a random day in 1976. I can get the date out no problem, but when I try and grab Dailysummary variable values such as snow I get the following error report:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "", line 22, in
snow = parsed_json['history']['dailysummary']['snow']
TypeError: list indices must be integers, not str

#### Code I use in Python

h = urllib2.urlopen('')
json_string =
parsed_json = json.loads(json_string)
date = parsed_json['history']['utcdate']['pretty']
print date

print type(parsed_json['history'])

snow = parsed_json['history']['dailysummary']['snow']
print snow
print type(snow)
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It may not exist (at all) in the returned data. I just posted a similar issue. Did you try pasting that URL into your browser and looking at the returned text to see if it's sending you anything inside "dailysummary"?
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dailysummary is the last node on that page
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I figured out the problem. The following change to the calls took care of it:

# Get the daily summary measures of weather
dailysumm = parsed_json['history']['dailysummary'][0]
print dailysumm
print "dailysumm is th following type"
print type(dailysumm)

print "Maxpressure is:"
maxpress = parsed_json['history']['dailysummary'][0]['maxpressurem']
print maxpress

print "Fog is:"
fog = parsed_json['history']['dailysummary'][0]['fog']
print fog
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When I left out the [0] in the call for the measure I was getting an error saying I was dealing with a list rather than a dict structure. It works just fine now. Thanks