BatchXML

Foreca provides raw weather data in an easy to use format for customers who want to design their own graphics, or who just need raw weather data for other purposes. All of the feeds are available as XML and delimited ASCII. Foreca symbols are available for visualisation.

Raw data batch files contain forecasts and optional current conditions for a fixed location list.

KEY BENEFITS

  • Total freedom to design your own graphics
  • Continually updated information
  • Global coverage
  • Robust, highly reliable service with full support

KEY FEATURES

  • Up to 14-day forecasts
  • Current conditions data
  • Full set of parameters available
  • Easy integration into map based services
  • Includes a choice of symbols for easy integration

FOR WHOM

  • Websites
  • Mobile services
  • Professional / Industrial uses
  • Weather portals
  • Radio & Televison services

 

PACKAGES AND OPTIONS

Global or Country packages are available - both with two different levels of service: Standard and Premium. For special purposes, customised feeds are also available upon request. Depending on the package chosen the feeds contain  current conditions data from relevant local weather stations and weather forecasts for up to 14 days.

BatchXML Packages
Standard Premium
Daily overview forecast
weather code and symbol 5 days 14 days
daily forecasted high and low temperatures 5 days 14 days
precipitation amount (rain or snow) 5 days 14 days
wind speed maximum 5 days 14 days
wind direction (at the time of maximum speed) 5 days 14 days
probability of precipitation 14 days
probability of thunder 14 days
sunrise time, sunset time (local time or UTC) 14 days
day length in minutes 14 days
cloudiness 14 days
moon phase optional
moon rise/set time (local time or UTC) optional
UV index (today + three days) optional
geomagnetic index optional
air pressure optional
sea water temperature optional
last-updated time optional
5 days forecast
weather code and symbol 6-hourly 3-hourly
temperature 6-hourly 3-hourly
"feels-like" temperature 6-hourly 3-hourly
precipitation amount 6-hourly 3-hourly
wind speed 6-hourly 3-hourly
wind direction 6-hourly 3-hourly
relative humidity 6-hourly 3-hourly
air pressure 6-hourly 3-hourly
probability of precipitation 3-hourly
probability of thunder 3-hourly
cloudiness 3-hourly
UV index (today + three days) optional
solar radiation optional
dew point optional
last-updated time optional
hourly forecast
weather code and symbol 24h
temperature 24 hour
"feels-like" temperature 24 hour
precipitation amount 24 hour
wind speed 24 hour
wind direction 24 hour
relative humidity 24 hour
air pressure 24 hour
probability of precipitation 24 hour
probability of thunder 24 hour
cloudiness 24 hour
UV index (today + three days) optional
solar radiation optional
dew point optional
last-updated time optional
30 day forecast
day min temperature range (min-min, min-max) optional
day max temperature range (max-min, max-max) optional
precipitation probability optional
weather icon optional
sun rise/set/daylen optional
day min/max temperature optional
Current conditions
observation time
weather station name
temperature
Foreca symbol code
distance to station
"feels-like" temperature
wind speed
wind direction
relative humidity
air pressure
visibility
pressure tendency optional
station type (SYNOP, METAR), station ID (EFHK, 2097) optional
extended present weather code optional
precipitation amount optional
dew point optional
cloud cover optional
Other
Amount of locations world-wide 20,000 80,000
weather data determined to be linked to foreca.com No No
Foreca's logo must be shown next to the weather data Yes Yes
Complimentary images for weather code visualization (gif, png) Yes Yes

Global and Country packages can be combined. For example: Standard Global package with 20,000 location including 352 UK locations and UK Standard package with 2,300 UK locations (all the locations included in the Global package and over 1,800 additional locations).This combination provides complete coverage of the UK and all major locations globally.

Country packages

Country packages offer the same data as Global packages - depending on the service level Standard or Premium. The number of locations depends on the country. 

Some examples of country location sets:

Russia 3,900
Finland 400
Sweden 300
Germany 4,600
France 5,700
United Kingdom 2,300
United States 9,800
Spain 2,900
Italy 5,000

 

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS / TECHNICAL DETAILS

The BatchXML feed is based on customers using HTTP polling to monitor forecast and observation files, which update at different intervals. Location meta data, such as coordinates and names in various languages, is provided in a separate static file. The files are either XML or delimited ASCII raw data, which is language independent. We recommend that larger batch files be gzipped delimited ASCII, since typically the delimited ASCII files are faster and easier to parse and gzip compression greatly reduces transfer times. For convenience (intended for smaller files) we can also provide the data as uncompressed XML, or RSS. Foreca reserves the option to limit traffic to only predefined IP adresses.

FOR DETAILED TECHNICAL INFORMATION AND PRICING PLEASE CONTACT SALES@FORECA.COM