The data that you receive from the API depends on the request that you make. There are a few core criteria required for each API request; time, parameters, location and output format. From our vast array of parameter options it is possible to go deep and into great detail, to request coordinates, not only are you able to request data for a single point or a point list, but now you can also query parameters against postal (zip) codes.
The Weather API is our core product, which is why we are constantly working on improvements to make it even easier for our customers to get more unique data and forecasts. Over the summer months, our developers have been working diligently to make the API even better. The improvements include the integration of new topographic data (ASTER Topography), which has expanded and improved the elevation coverage of our models across the globe. This makes our forecasts even more accurate, especially in higher air layers. This is of particular benefit to customers operating at higher altitudes, e.g. drones, helicopters and aircraft. With the new integration of isoline queries, users now also have the possibility to directly show isolines on our maps and models. Isolines are lines on a map or diagram along which a constant value (e.g. temperature, so-called isotherms) is located. This opens up new visualization possibilities and a better understanding of weather behavior across different regions. This brings a strong added value especially for customers who are looking for data visualizations, e.g. media or travel briefing. Additionally, the usability has been improved and the documentation for the different parameters has been updated to make it even easier for our customers to use the API.
Current weather models still facing challenges in accurately reproducing and forecasting precipitation. To assist the weather models’ observed precipitation, it is crucial to complement information about rainfall. In line with that, Meteomatics is delighted to announce the integration of additional satellite-based precipitation products into our API. The new data sets enable us to offer more accurate precipitation data globally. The satellite-based precipitation products improve especially ground truth in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. The spatially and temporally consistent and continuous 30-year rainfall data set, from 1981 to the near-present, allows us to put recent climate extremes into historical context. It can be used for trend analysis and seasonal drought monitoring or to assess and monitor large-scale rainfall patterns. Following our philosophy, these new data also improve storm and hail products.
The Meteomatics API facilitates the high-speed retrieval of long historical time series as well as historical grid data from ECMWF’s reanalysis model ERA5. Queries from ERA5 can be executed as usual without any additional specifications!
Meteomatics weather data API now includes extreme weather forecast Indices and shift of ensemble forecast tails
Meteomatics Weather Data API now includes global heat index, humidex and apparent temperature