Understanding and optimizing the Visual Crossing Weather Pay-as-you-go plan

The Visual Crossing Weather Pay-as-you-go plan (also known as the Metered plan) is one of the easiest-to-use and the most cost-effective weather data plans available today. It is designed to meet the needs of many different types of weather data users and also be a great way for new users to get started using weather …

How to download the weather forecast for all US Zip codes

US ZIP Codes act just like postal codes in other countries – they provide an easy and structured way to locate an address within a city and state. They are easy to remember and provide a reasonably precise geographical location. This makes them valuable for businesses and other organizations that want to collect information about …

How are weather metrics calculated over various time periods in different weather queries?

While it may seem like an easily-answered question, sometimes it is not completely obvious what exact time periods are covered by a given weather query and how the weather metrics are calculated. The fact is that the traditional standards and customs of weather reporting make up a standard that although logical may not always appear …

How to download weather forecast data as a Microsoft Excel Workbook

In this article, I’m going to show how to download weather forecast data as a standard Microsoft Excel file. The estimated time to complete this exercise is less than 5 minutes. Step 1 – Open the Visual Crossing Weather Data Page We’ll start by going to the Visual Crossing Weather Data page.  Then we need …

How to include sunrise, sunset and moon phase data into your API requests

In addition to providing historical weather observations and weather forecast data, the Weather API also provides astronomical information. This astronomical information includes sunset, sunrise and moon phase data. Why is astronomical information useful? Sunset, sunrise and moon information goes hand-in-hand with weather data in many use cases. The information can help answer some basic questions: …

How to look up the current weather conditions in the Weather API

Many weather data applications such as weather widgets, weather analytics tools and information displays find it useful to communicate the current weather conditions. These conditions include current temperature, wind speed and direction, recent precipitation and more. Looking up the current weather conditions for one or more locations is easy in the Visual Crossing Weather API. …

How to fetch weather forecast data from a RESTful web service in Java

In this article, we will use a RESTful web service to retrieve weather forecast data into a simple Java application. We will first retrieve the data as a comma separator value (CSV) string. After that we will retrieve the same weather forecast in JSON format so we can manipulate the weather forecast data easily within …