WeatherBug Provides Geo Overlays for Map Mashups

Adam DuVander
Aug. 23 2010, 06:41PM EDT

A new mapping-related API from WeatherBug has a response type we don't see too often: images. The new service provides radar, temperature and other weather-related data as an overlay for Bing or Google Maps.

WeatherBug needs different URLs for Bing and Google because the way that tiles are arranged are different. For each platform, WeatherBug makes available five layers: Radar, Satellite, Temperature, Humidity and Pressure. For paid partners, more than 500 layers are available.

WeatherBug GEO joins 11 other weather APIs. Apps built on weather APIs have proven popular, with 87 weather mashups listed in our directory.

WeatherBug also updated its weather data API to return JSON, as well as XML, a move that's with the times. More and more, JSON is the developer's first choice.

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 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.