Online meteorological specialist Weather Underground has officially launched its branded Weather API platform at this week's TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco. Offering developers "instant" access to "reliable and in-depth" weather data, this new automated API service offers three feature plans that denote the depth of weather data required by the programmer.
Data is free for developers that select the lowest usage plan, which means that wunderground.com's data is accessible to programmers on a budget; this low-usage option also provides coders with the required time to integrate data into their programs without any charges.
In addition to providing access to what is described as "the world's largest network" of personal weather stations, Weather Underground's API product also includes free analytical tools that provide usage metrics and reports. The platform is scalable in nature and developers can automatically select higher usage plans if and when they are required. Data feeds are currently available in JSON and RESTful with more format options coming soon.
"Weather Underground already distributes its weather data to many of the world's leading media companies, weather applications, and smaller web properties," said Alan Steremberg, president of Weather Underground. "With the recent surge in the number of location-based applications, we hope that our new API platform will further disseminate all of the weather data and proprietary forecasts that we generate for wunderground.com. Besides the quality of the data, we believe that our platform's usability and scalability set it apart from all other weather APIs."