Google Weather API

Adam DuVander
Aug. 28 2012, 11:26AM EDT

The curious popularity of the Google Weather API appears to be coming to a close. The search giant never officially supported the feature, but developers have used the unofficial feed available from the iGoogle homepage. With iGoogle now set for deprecation in November, developers are reporting that the once simple weather API is no longer returning data.

As we wrote over two years ago in Google's Secret Weather API, the company never supported the service. Googler Jeff Fisher even wrote in a message board post from 2008 that it is “for gadget use only." Yet, developers flocked to it, because of its simple interface and streamlined results. Even the developer preference for JSON over XML hasn't tempered interest in a Google weather API.

In early August we started getting messages about weather API errors, including some in the original "secret" post. At the time it seemed intermittent, or at least geared toward scripts--browser queries worked. But that's the sort of unreliability that one would expect from an unofficial, undocumented and unsupported API.

Weather Underground (Wunderground)It's clear now that Google has intentionally turned off the service. TheNextWeb points out that iGoogle now uses the Weather Underground API. It's one of 60 weather APIs in our directory that one could use in place of the Google Weather API.

Adam DuVander Hi! I'm Developer Communications Director for SendGrid and former Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb. I currently serve as a Contributing Editor. If you have API news, or are interested in writing for ProgrammableWeb, please contact editor@programmableweb.com Though I'm a fan of anything API-related, my particular interest is in mapping. I've published a how-to book, Map Scripting 101, to get anyone started making maps on websites. In a not-so-distant past life I wrote for Wired and Webmonkey.

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mike

Google's Weather API was unique in that it covered many more locations around the world and provided translations to many languages.

Yahoo's API is free but (I don't) see more than a 1 day forecast available.

Other providers claim to have free API's but they are rate limited to 500 requests a day. The rate limit applies to a license ID they provide you so you can't write and distribute a weather gadget that relies on their API.