Posted on Mon, 27 Feb 2017 by Weatherbit
Not every free Weather API is created equal! How does each API stack up against their competitors? In this post, we stack up the most well known Weather API's to see who offers the best free weather API features!
OpenWeatherMap offers a generous Free Weather API. Their free tier includes:
- 60 Calls per minute.
- Current Weather Data.
- 5 day forecasts (3 hour interval)
- Access to the Maps API.
Analysis: While very generous in it's allowance of fairly high volume (86,400 calls per day for free is nothing to discredit), the free tier does not include access to historical data. Additionally, Openweathermap has issues with forecast accuracy. Just take a quick peek at their support forum, and you will see a long history of complaints about accuracy. They also do not allow free access historical weather data. That having been said, they are the top free Weather data provider for a reason, no doubt.
Apixu offers a Free weather api, but their offering is very limited.
- 5000 calls per day
- 10 day forecasts (daily)
- 30 days of historical weather data access
- Current Weather.
Analysis: They only allow 5000 calls per day. Which is only a fraction of what Weatherbit, and OpenWeatherMap offer. They do, like Weatherbit, offer the ability to get access to a limited range of historical weather data on their free weather api.
Weatherbit offers a Free Weather API tier with a similar structure to OpenWeatherMap. However, they include up to 45 calls per minute, AND 45 historical calls per minute (for a total of 90 calls per minute). Features of their free weather api include:
- 45 forecast/current weather calls per minute.
- 45 Historical weather data calls per minute.
- 5 day (3 hour interval) weather forecasts.
- Current weather data.
Analysis: Unlike Openweathermap or Apixu, Weather bit offers historical weather data, and high volume forecast api call limits in one package.