Top 7 Historical Weather Data Providers & APIs

March 17, 2020
Data Expert Lucy
Lucy Kelly Research Analyst at Datarade
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Weather is an often-overlooked factor when it comes to many businesses, especially for those not directly interested in it. Yet a poor understanding of weather, from misunderstanding rainfall to not anticipating a massive snowfall, can be costly regardless of your company size and industry.

In the U.S. alone, weather accounts for more than $600 billion a year in lost revenue. That is certainly not a number that should be overlooked.

So how can you avoid having the weather inadvertently cost your company its time and money?

Combining years of research and analysis, weather data providers now offer a lookback at historical weather patterns, which can offer potential solutions and predict future weather occurrences to give companies an edge against nature herself. This can help with understanding and preparation.

We’ve compiled a list of the top 7 historical weather data providers on the Datarade platform to help you start your search for a provider that is right for you.

The Top 7 Historical Weather Data Providers & APIs

Weatherbit.io seeks to provide the highest quality weather forecasts, observations, and historical weather data possible. In terms of historical weather data, they provide both hourly, and daily historical weather data for locations worldwide from over 120,000 weather stations via an easy to use historical weather API. Weatherbit.io also backfills and sources data from alternative datasets to enhance their own historical datasets. Their historical weather datasets include satellite, rainfall radar, and re-analyses projects to build the most complete historical weather data record possible.

AccuWeather’s exclusive hourly historical weather database is among the industry’s most accurate, complete and robust records of past weather. The company offers a multitude of useful weather variables going back over 60 years, and including far more than just the traditional weather variables. These valuable weather metrics include the number of hours of rainfall, snowfall amounts, the frequency of heavy rain events, and specialized variables such as evapotranspiration and solar radiation. The AccuWeather team can use their expert knowledge of weather patterns and their unique software solutions, to generate mappings that best match the weather conditions that have occurred in the past, tailored for you.

Weather Underground offers historical weather data for as far back as 1930, depending on the location. Their BestForecast™ system is the largest of its kind, comprising over 250,000 personal weather stations, and this gives the company the unique ability to provide the most local forecasts based on actual weather data points. For US locations, Weather Underground offers an extension service, allowing users the option to switch to view the forecasts generated from the National Weather Service’s National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD), which increases transparency in their data.

With nearly 60 collective years of experience in seasonal forecasting World Climate Service offers historical and real-time weather data you can trust. The company is all about generating quantitative forecasts of industry-specific variables to allow clients to make weather-sensitive decisions with precision and confidence. World Climate Service seeks to avoid over-reliance on a single forecast tool or method, allowing them to comprehensively tackle the complexity of the long-range forecast problem through a broad suite of predictors and an intelligent system to extract predictability.

The Weather Source team brings breadth of industry knowledge thanks to their combined 75 years of meteorology and climatology expertise. They have a deep historical database ranging from the year 2000 to the present, and offer a forward forecast view of 15 days. Their original “OnPoint Platform” aggregates data from the best weather sensors available to create “virtual” weather stations in areas that are important for you. Weather Source empowers customers to reduce waste, increase ROI, fine-tune logistics, optimize marketing strategy, and improve resource planning.

As a specialist weather data provider, Meteomatics focuses on the provision of high quality, processed weather and environmental data for a variety of users, including data scientists, analysts and meteorologists in all areas of business. They provide some of the world’s best and most useful weather model data, observations and measurements, including historic, real-time and forecast weather, all in one fast and responsive API. Their service is also fully customizable to your needs, offering the ability to select the exact data, in the exact formats you want.

With more than 2,000,000 users, among which are large firms like Google, Open Weather Map is one of the leading digital weather information providers. The company offers 40-year historical weather data for practically any location at very competitive prices. In terms of historical weather data, their services include a historical weather data API, a statistical weather data API, and bulk offers of historical and historical forecast data.