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 -- Adam heads developer relations at Orchestrate, a database-as-a-service company. He's spent many years analyzing APIs and developer tools. Previously he worked at SendGrid, edited ProgrammableWeb and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101.

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