Foreca NameFeed service is a location name based API that provides weather forecasts, current conditions and weather animations for over 140,000 locations in the world. Replies are XML or delimited ASCII formatted.
The interface is suitable for integrating weather information into mobile applications, web applications or any other application which can receive and visualise xml formatted weather data. The name based location search is multilingual for both queries and replies, and is able to intelligently suggest likely alternatives for misspelt or incomplete names.
The Entry package offers quick access to world-wide weather data and is suited for public and open services. The package includes a 3-day overview forecast with the following parameters per day:
When weather data is presented to endusers, it has to be linked to foreca.mobi or foreca.com for further weather details. Foreca's logo must also be shown next to the weather data. Service is provided AS-IS and no SLA commitments apply. Includes 250,000 queries per month.
The Standard package offers current conditions and weather forecasts for any location world-wide. Forecast length can be chosen freely as described below and all parameters described in this document are available. Foreca's logo must be shown next to the weather data, but linking to foreca.mobi/foreca.com is not required. Includes 500,000 queries per month. Service availability is 99% per month.
The Premium package adds mobile weather images and animations, and all Standard package features are also included. Foreca's logo must be shown next to the weather data. Linking to foreca.mobi/foreca.com is not required. Includes 1,000,000 queries per month. Service availability is 99,5% per month.
NameFeed also has an optional IP lookup module. When enabled, it allows querying for weather content based on an IP address. Such a query will cause a GeoIp lookup, and will return weather from the closest relevant location for the provided IP.
Daily overview forecast
|weather code and symbol||3 days||10 days||14 days|
|daily forecasted high and low temperatures||3 days||10 days||14 days|
|precipitation sum for the 24-hour period (in mm)||10 days||14 days|
|wind speed maximum (in m/s, mph, km/h, or knots)||10 days||14 days|
|wind speed average (in m/s, mph, km/h, or knots)||10 days||14 days|
|probability of precipitation, day/night||14 days|
|sun rise time||14 days|
|sun set time||14 days|
|day length in minutes||14 days|
|UV index based on the global ozone forecast model||14 days|
detailed short forecast
|weather code and symbol||6-hourly||6-hourly|
|wind speed (in m/s, mph, km/h, or knots)||6-hourly||6-hourly|
|wind direction (N, NE, E, ..., or pictures)||6-hourly||6-hourly|
|observation station name (e.g. London Heathrow)||✓||✓|
|distance to the observation station from the chosen location||✓||✓|
|Foreca symbol code||✓||✓|
|wind speed (in m/s, kmph, km/h, or knots)||✓||✓|
|wind direction (N, NE, E, ...)||✓||✓|
|air pressure (in hPa, e.g. 1012hPa)||✓||✓|
|relative humidity (in percentages, e.g. 87%)||✓||✓|
|visibility (in meters, e.g. 10,000)||✓||✓|
Mobile graphical animations
|Radar images show the real-time movement of precipitation (rain/snow) detected by weather radars||✓|
|Satellite images show the movement of clouds photographed from space by weather satellites||✓|
|Symbol maps provide an overview forecast with graphical icons and temperatures||✓|
|Temperature forecast maps use coloured contours to show the forecasted temperatures||✓|
|Precipitation forecast maps use coloured contours to show the forecasted rain/snow||✓|
|Cloudiness forecast maps use coloured contours to show the forecasted cloudiness||✓|
|Wind forecast maps use arrows and numbers to show the direction and speed of wind||✓|
|Location names on map as a transparent overlay (several languages are supported)||✓|
|available zoom levels for maps||5|
|Amount of locations world-wide||140,000||140,000||140,000|
|queries included per month||250,000||500,000||1,000,000|
|IP lookup module||Optional||Optional||Optional|
|weather data determined to be linked to foreca.com||Yes||No||No|
|Foreca's logo must be shown next to the weather data||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|sample PHP code and complimentary images for visualization of weather codes (gif, png)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
NOTE: NameFeed currently has more weather parameters than the NaviFeed offering, due to some technological trade-offs that make possible NaviFeed's amazing coordinate based weather forecasts for a truly unlimited number of locations.
NameFeed is based on HTTP queries, which are sent to Foreca's servers. Locations are identified by a Foreca location ID and the service offers an API for searching locations by name. For US locations, a ZIP code search is also supported.
Replies are XML or delimited ASCII formatted. The weather information itself is language neutral data, but for location searches the supported languages are: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (both EU and Brazil), Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Polish, Thai, Japanese, Chinese (simplified), Dutch, Hindi, Czech, and Latin. The location search API automatically searches for matches in all of the supported languages, replies are returned in the requested language.
Customers must relay queries from end users/devices via central proxy servers. Foreca will open access to the query interface only for specified IP address(es).
The service assumes a random distribution of queries, i.e. it is not allowed to use NameFeed for batch mode querying of a large number of places in a busy loop. Any batch mode querying must include a 1 s delay between queries (1 QPS).
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