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It's May and that means that we don't want to spend our weekends stuck inside. We want to know if and when the weather will be good so that we can enjoy our time outside. This week's roundup includes mashups that cover all aspects of weather forecasts. You can also take a look at previous weather mashups that we've highlighted. The big surprise is that Accuweather isn't represented here. If you know of any good apps or mashups using the Accuweather API, please let us know about them.
Forecast, the team that created the acclaimed iOS weather app Dark Sky, has created an API that brings its gorgeous weather data and display into any platform. As Forecast put it, they wanted to transcend their work with Dark Sky.
Metwit Offers Free Trial of API to Help Developers of Apps Using Yahoo! Weather APIs, Obsolete Geocoding API
Metwit has announced that the company will be releasing a free trial plan of the Metwit Weather API to help developers who have created applications using Yahoo! Weather APIs.
Metwit is a crowdsourced API platform that provides third party applications the ability to integrate media-rich local weather and environmental data that is hyperlocal and in real-time. The Metwit API Platform collects weather information from Twitter, Instagram, NOAA and other sources which makes it possible for third party applications to use tweets, photos, and metatags to provide users accurate and interactive local weather information.
The HQCasanova Weekly CO2 API is incredibly simple. It's also a frighteningly clear measurement of how our planet is doing. It measures the level of CO2 in the air in parts per million (ppm), a major player in causing global climate disruption.
Opensnow.com is a snow forecasting site that is designed to provide more than accurate information. Joel Gratz, founder and CEO of OpenSnow, grew up around snow and is passionate about skiing. The service provides customized reports for several locations and offers the worlds first “Ask the Weatherman” section. The OpenSnow API provides access to this wealth of snow knowledge.
Swellcast combines all weather data needed to forecast surf conditions for surfers around Australia, and consolidates the data into a user friendly interface that takes the complexity out of understanding when and where the next big wave will appear. Swellcast also offers the forecast data and surf conditions through the Swellcast API.
Where were you when Hurricane Sandy hit, and what were you doing? If you're like many other ProgrammableWeb readers, you weren't watching news reports on TV--you were using social media to keep tabs on your friends and family, and taking advantage of the vast amounts of data available on the Internet to make sense of the situation. Below, a round-up of how Twitter and other online resources helped people get through the record-breaking "super storm."
Weather APIs are among the most popular and the category has quadrupled over the past few years, with 47 weather APIs currently listed in the ProgrammableWeb API directory.
The Climate Counts API provides access to data from the Climate Counts Company Scorecard, an annual report which uses 22 criteria to rank companies’ self-reported efforts to address climate change.
Einstein once said, “People like us…know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” The Recorded Future API provides developers with tools they need to predict, and perhaps even affect (or perhaps even effect), the future.
For as long as people have been grabbing a board and trying to catch some waves, attempting to predict surf quality has been considered an art. Spitcast is trying to turn the art of prediction into the science of surf. Jack Mullis, the founder and developer of Spitcast, has been surfing for years. In 2005 he decided to combine his knowledge of surfing with his degree in Engineering Physics and create a unique algorithm that can predict future surf conditions by using Java and MySQL to cross reference NOAA regional weather data with observations at specific surf spots. This process has been shown to produce predictions accurate to 1 foot standard deviation. With the Spitcast API, this data can be transformed into custom applications.
Popular weather data site Weather Underground (Wunderground) has a new version of its Weather Underground API and two things are notable: its former XML service is being phased out in favor of JSON. And it has a very clear pricing structure, though there's a free version for non-commercial projects.
Although many of us currently use online services for our weather reports, some still like to watch the television for their weather news. The Weather Channel is the main go-to channel for weather, offering weather reports whenever you're in need of them. It recently started to integrate Twitter into the televised reports, searching Twitter for locals talking about the weather. It also has a special site where you can find weather-related tweets for your own city.
Onset, a supplier of data logging devices, just launched the HOBOlink® Web Services API, that enables anyone to easily build applications around weather, energy and environmental data gathered from the Onset HOBO® U30 monitoring systems, hardware you install in your environment which can share its status up to Onset's system.
A lot of our readers, like me, are news addicts. The latest news matters to a lot of us, and there are some good new mashups to help us find it. Take, for example, Tweetnews.mobi, which shows you the latest breaking news being tweeted through Twitter in realtime: