Google Weather API

Adam DuVander, August 28th, 2012

The curious popularity of the Google Weather API appears to be coming to a close. The search giant never officially supported the feature, but developers have used the unofficial feed available from the iGoogle homepage. With iGoogle now set for deprecation in November, developers are reporting that the once simple weather API is no longer returning data.

As we wrote over two years ago in Google’s Secret Weather API, the company never supported the service. Googler Jeff Fisher even wrote in a message board post from 2008 that it is “for gadget use only.” Yet, developers flocked to it, because of its simple interface and streamlined results. Even the developer preference for JSON over XML hasn’t tempered interest in a Google weather API.

In early August we started getting messages about weather API errors, including some in the original “secret” post. At the time it seemed intermittent, or at least geared toward scripts–browser queries worked. But that’s the sort of unreliability that one would expect from an unofficial, undocumented and unsupported API.

Weather Underground (Wunderground)It’s clear now that Google has intentionally turned off the service. TheNextWeb points out that iGoogle now uses the Weather Underground API. It’s one of 60 weather APIs in our directory that one could use in place of the Google Weather API.

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9 Responses to “Google Weather API”

August 28th, 2012
at 2:31 pm
Comment by: niutech

You can use Yahoo! Weather or WUnderground forecast via YQL instead:

http://developer.yahoo.com/yql/console/?q=select%20*%20from%20weather.bylocation%20where%20location%3D%27Chicago%27%20and%20unit%3D%27c%27%3B&env=store://datatables.org/alltableswithkeys

http://developer.yahoo.com/yql/console/?q=select%20*%20from%20wunderground.forecast%20where%20location%3D%27Chicago%27%3B&env=store://datatables.org/alltableswithkeys

August 29th, 2012
at 8:04 am
Comment by: Ward Mundy

Speaking of Arrogant… No warning. No notice ever. Really gives Cloud Computing a Black Eye. Way to go, Google. This kind of attitude doesn’t win you any friends.

August 30th, 2012
at 10:02 pm
Comment by: Google Silently Kills Popular API, Breaks Weather Apps Everywhere | Gizmodo Australia

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August 30th, 2012
at 10:04 pm
Comment by: Google Silently Kills Popular API, Breaks Weather Apps Everywhere | Lifehacker Australia

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August 31st, 2012
at 2:38 am
Comment by: Denn

Free weather API:
http://www.programmableweb.com/api/open-weather-map

Editor’s note: commenter from Open Weather Map

September 1st, 2012
at 10:13 pm
Comment by: Weather Portlet Service is Down - Forums - Liferay.com

[...] Liferay Weather Portlet uses Google Private API, which is now closed few days back. and the portlets stops working to save the preferences or Display any results.http://www.google.com/ig/api?weather=30022We're sorry…… but your computer or network may be sending automated queries. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.See Google Help for more informationFor more detailshttp://blog.programmableweb.com/2012/08/28/google-weather-api-never-supported-finally-disconnected/http://thenextweb.com/google/2012/08/28/did-google-just-quietly-kill-private-weather-api/http://issues.liferay.com/browse/LPS-29542 Flag Please sign in to flag this as inappropriate. RE: Weather Portlet Service is Down September 1, 2012 8:33 PM Answer [...]

September 4th, 2012
at 9:55 am
Comment by: Mike

Google’s Weather API was unique in that it covered many more locations around the world and provided translations to many languages.

Yahoo’s API is free but (I don’t) see more than a 1 day forecast available.

Other providers claim to have free API’s but they are rate limited to 500 requests a day. The rate limit applies to a license ID they provide you so you can’t write and distribute a weather gadget that relies on their API.

September 10th, 2012
at 11:38 am
Comment by: Unos vienen y otros se van ó My-Weather-Indicator 0.5.1.19

[...] pero así es, al final la “API” de Google para la información meteorológica a dejado de funcionar. Ciertamente, se trataba de una API sin soporte, que muchos usuarios y programadores de [...]

September 20th, 2012
at 12:55 am
Comment by: Per

No good news in my opinion. I don´t know any other provider, that can mess with the google api.

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