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How Can I Access Weather Data for My Area Using the US Weather API?

Harness the powerful capabilities of the US Weather API to access precise, real-time weather data for your exact location.

Filip Dimkovski
By Filip Dimkovski
Janet Barben Bio
Edited by Janet Barben

Updated February 4, 2024.

As we increasingly rely on more accurate weather information, a reliable US weather API is a key player in providing reliable data. Whether it's for basic temperature and precipitation data or more advanced meteorological insights, using a robust API allows you to have valuable insights and detailed forecasts for your specific area. This article will explore the US weather API capabilities and understand how to use them.



Using the Realtime Weather API

To use the real-time weather API, you must first register for an account at Tomorrow.io and get an API key. Then, visit the Tomorrow.io documentation to find the real-time weather API in over 20 programming languages. In this case, we'll be using JavaScript.

Now, let's take a look at the different location types we can make use of from the US weather API:

City Name

Using the US weather API by city name is typically the most common method for fetching location-specific information. The Tomorrow.io API allows you to simply input the city's name, retrieving relevant weather data for the location. Let's take a look at a code snippet used for fetching real-time weather data in Austin, Texas.

const options = {method: 'GET', headers: {accept: 'application/json'}};

fetch('https://api.tomorrow.io/v4/weather/realtime?location=austin&apikey=YOUR_API_KEY', options)
  .then(response => response.json())
  .then(response => console.log(response))
  .catch(err => console.error(err));

Latitude and Longitude

For more precise location targeting, you can use latitude and longitude coordinates with the weather API. This method is especially useful for rural or less-populated areas where city names might not provide the most accurate weather data. Here's an example of using coordinates for the US weather API:

const options = { method: 'GET', headers: { accept: 'application/json' } };

fetch('https://api.tomorrow.io/v4/weather/realtime?location=41.881832,-87.623177&apikey=YOUR_API_KEY', options)
  .then(response => response.json())  
  .then(response => console.log(response))
  .catch(err => console.error(err));

These coordinates correspond to a specific location in Chicago, offering an exact weather report for that area.

US ZIP Code

It's also worth mentioning that one can access weather data via ZIP codes, though this only applies to regions inside the United States. This is also a great way to get weather information for a specific area, especially for users having difficulty finding precise latitude and longitude. An example of using a US ZIP code would be the following:

const options = { method: 'GET', headers: { accept: 'application/json' } };

fetch('https://api.tomorrow.io/v4/weather/realtime?location=90210&apikey=YOUR_API_KEY', options)
  .then(response => response.json())
  .then(response => console.log(response))
  .catch(err => console.error(err));

This code will retrieve the weather data for Beverly Hills, CA, which has the ZIP code 90210.

Of course, remember to replace the `YOUR_API_KEY` placeholder with your actual API key in each of these examples.

Key Takeaways

Accessing real-time weather data using the US Weather API from Tomorrow.io offers an accurate and efficient way to stay informed about weather conditions. Whether you choose to use city names, latitude and longitude coordinates, or US ZIP codes, this API provides a range of options to suit different requirements and preferences.