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Old 25-07-2016, 09:56   #1
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Weather APIs?

I want to pick people's brains on the question of Weather APIs...

My big problem: I want a video dashboard at my local sailing club (Humber Bay Sailing Club) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada showing everything a skipper about to take a boat out should know, things like time, upcoming club courses/events, sunrise/sunset times (calculable from position/date/time), and WEATHER.

The smaller problem, just because of geographic oddities of were the club is located, high speed DSL/Cable Internet is not available, meaning we are looking at dial-up Internet or via wireless over the cell phone. This means just grabbing a graphics loaded weather widget is undesirable, because it will be slow (dial-up) or expensive (cell phone). So, what I want is to use a (preferably free) Weather API where I send in a URL with a few options (ie: position, preferred units of measure, etc) and they send back a few kB of weather forcast data that I can parse and turn into a pretty display with little pre-loaded drawings of the sun, clouds, thunderbolts, etc.. In other words keep the amount of data being moved to the bare minimum.

Things I would like to get include:

- Weather forecast for the next 3-5 days, with temperature / precipitation expected
- Wind speeds/directions for the next 24 hours broken out by smaller (4 hour or less chunks of time).
- Sunrise/Sunset times (so I don't have to bother with that).
- UV index would be nice.

So, has anyone done a comparison on weather APIs and their respective suitabilities for sailing? Also, what is the stability of the data source is (ie: I don't want to have to redo everything in 6 months because the data provider has gone bankrupt or totally changed their API)?


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Old 12-08-2016, 00:14   #2
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Re: Weather APIs?

Check out They run the popular Darksky app for iOS and also power a lot of other apps.

They take data from multiple sources, aggregate it, run some fancy neural nets and pump out a pretty accurate forecast in my experience.
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