Foreca provides several add-on services to its internet products. On this page you can find information about the most commonly used add-ons: satellite images, weather radar (Doppler radar) images and weather maps displaying for example forecasted temperature, cloudiness and precipitation. Add-ons are available as static or animated images.
Rain radar maps shows the real rain front movements as observed. This is a great tool for all outdoor enthusiasts from free-time to professional use. The precipitation forecasts can be added to the rain radar maps, so visitors can plan their daily activities better.
Weather radar images show the observed movement of rain fronts and the intensity of the rain. Weather radar information is delivered as animated images with 10min/15min/30min/1h or 3h timesteps. Images/animations are hosted by Foreca and can be fetched using normal HTTP.
Rain radar maps are available for limited geographical areas only, so contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the coverage.
In satellite images you can observe cloud movements for larger areas, which enables you to see big weather phenomena at a glance. From satellite images you can spot hurricanes and deep low pressures and sometimes even estimate their tracks. Global satellite images with the whole world on the same map is a real attention grabber.
Satellite image maps can be global (one map only) or by area e.g. Europe, North America etc. Exact resolution and map coverage can be tailored according to your specific requirements.
Weather forecast maps show detailed information for the selected region. A normal forecast symbol map gives a good overview of the forecasted weather while additional weather maps provide you with more detailed information. Weather maps are animated images with 1-6h timesteps and aforecast length of up to 5 days (120 hours).
On weather symbol maps, weather forecasts are shown through weather symbols (icons) and temperatures. These maps can be divided by geographical areas (e.g. provinces/states or countries) or by using bigger areas such as continents.
Rain forecast maps show the forecasted rain front movements. These maps can be divided by geographical areas (e.g. provinces/states or countries) or using bigger areas such as continents.
Cloudiness forecast maps show the forecasted cloudiness areas on the map. These maps can be divided by geographical areas (e.g. provinces/states or countries) or using bigger areas such as continents.
Temperature forecast maps show the forecasted temperature for coming days on the map. The temperature can be visualised with numbers and/or colours to make the forecast easy to read. These maps can be divided by geographical areas (e.g. provinces/states or countries) or by using bigger areas such as continents.
Wind forecast maps visualise the wind strength and direction for the coming days. The wind direction is shown as arrows and strength can be visualised as numbers and/or colours. These maps can be divided by geographical areas (e.g. provinces/states or countries) or by using bigger areas such as continents. All the sea/ocean areas are also covered.
Air pressure forecast maps show the air pressure forecasts for coming days. From these maps the user can spot, for instance, important low pressure and high pressure centres and their movements. For air pressure maps the cloudiness and/precipitation forecasts are often added. These maps can be divided by geographical areas (e.g. provinces/states or countries) or by using bigger areas such as continents.
Rain radar, satellite and forecasts maps are delivered in PNG, JPEG or GIF formats.
The forecast information is fetched from Foreca's servers using HTTP. The feed is protected by user-id and password and for additional security access can be restricted to specific IP addresses only.
Weather forecasts are updated at least twice a day. Rain radar and satellite information is updated from 1-hourly to 6-hourly depending on the data availability. Data files are updated every five minutes depending on new data availability.
Weather forecast maps can be updated in hourly, 3-hourly, 6-hourly or daily intervals. Rain radar maps are usually shown at 30 min to 1-hour intervals. Satellite images are shown at hourly to 6-hourly intervals depending on the data availability.