Weather API Competitor Comparison

How the Visual Crossing Weather Data API stacks up to the most popular weather API options available today and what essential features are exclusive only to the Visual Crossing solution.

Please note: Dark Sky API has been discontinued as of 31st March 2020. We can help your transition from Dark Sky.

  Visual Crossing Corporation OpenWeatherMap AccuWeather (Discontinued)
DarkSky
WeatherStack
Weather Data
15-day Forecast
Multi-year Historical Data
Sub-Hourly Historical Data
Historical Climate Statistics
Long-term Weather Outlook
Data Cleansing, Gap-Filling & Interpolation
Weather API
RESTful Weather API
Weather Query Integrated Address Lookup
Multiple Locations Per Query
Automatic Timezone Conversion
Data Science & Analysis
Excel Addin with Data Joiner
OData Connector
Direct-from-Web Download
Direct-to-Database/Excel CSV API
Weather for Business
Business Hour Filtering & Aggregation
Offline Bulk Data Option
Enterprise Support & Licensing
Licensing
Combined Forecast/History Licensing
Affordable Pricing Unavailable

Weather API Features Exclusive to Visual Crossing

Historical Climate Statistics
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Visual Crossing offers the ability to run reports aggregated at yearly, monthly, weekly and daily levels. By retrieving the hourly historical data and aggregating it to the appropriate level it produces more human-readable reporting statistics. The ability to build report-quality aggregations directly in an API is also a big time saver and reduces errors by analysts.

Long-term Weather Outlook
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Predicting weather beyond the 15-day forecast is a challenge but being able to see into the future for weather conditions is invaluable. By utilizing 30+ years of historical weather data, Visual Crossing enables users to see statistically what the typical weather is for any location.

Data Cleansing, Gap-Filling & Interpolation
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All weather data starts at a common collection point, but not all Weather Data delivery systems are the same. Visual Crossing cleanses weather station data for accuracy, fills in gaps where weather stations were in error or didn’t report, and can interpolate for areas that fall between multiple, distant stations to give even rural areas optimal accuracy.

Weather Query Integrated Geocoding
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Some Weather APIs include geocoding as a service to enhance their service. Only Visual Crossing allows you to include location strings directly into your weather query in a single call. This allows API users and Excel Query users the ability to pass in raw data address strings and retrieve weather data immediately.

Multiple Locations Per Query
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Visual Crossing is the only weather service that enables users to pass in a full list of their weather locations directly into the API through a single call. This removes the need to loop in a script and make an additional call for every single location and then join the results.

Automatic Timezone Conversion
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Visual Crossing processes and cleanses all weather datasources and this includes providing data converted into your timezone. Timezone’s hourly range define your “day” for your weather summary data and have to be intelligently converted depending on your regional adjustments such as Daylight Savings Time.

Excel Addin with Data Joiner
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Support for Excel begins with an Addin that is embedded into the Excel Application. Users can simply define their query through their own range of cell values, choose from a list of query preferences and pull weather data joined directly along side their own data eliminating the need for further data joining prior to analysis.

OData Connector
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Many business systems now are supporting OData connections due to its cloud availability and low maintenance. Visual Crossing provides an OData service where weather data users can push query results to the cloud and then retrieve them directly into business systems to begin their weather analysis.

Direct-from-Web Download
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In addition to a strong weather API Visual Crossing offers users a web interface to allow users to download weather datasets directly to their desktop in CSV format. This web interface is also useful as a Query Builder tool to help Web Query users build their initial URL queries. Users have the option to download or copy a URL to fetch their data.

Direct-to-Database/Excel CSV API
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While most Weather APIs only support JSON which requires a script or application to process returning weather data, Visual Crossing offers a CSV return format that allows users to import Web Query results directly into Excel, Google Sheets and Databases. Users can even customize the queries and refresh data from the same query.

Business Hour Filtering and Aggregation
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Business users often only care about the weather during the time period in which their businesses are open. Visual Crossing enables weather queries to isolate a user-defined set of business hours that make up your custom weather day. All values are aggregated by those hours, giving businesses a more intelligent solution.

Offline Bulk Data Option
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Weather APIs are great, but sometimes the best option for large historical datasets is to download all of the data in an offline, bulk operation to be most efficient. For a low price per location, customers can request a 30+ year history data for any location.

Combined Forecast/History Licensing
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Licensing can often times be confusing especially if you have limits on rate of queries, query counts or location limitations. At Visual Crossing we provide the best licensing terms in the simplest form for the lowest price available. This is why we include both History and Forecast Weather Data into a single license.