Welcome to the MET Norway Weather API v.3

Norsk versjon.

api.met.no/weatherapi is an interface to a selection of data produced by MET Norway. The data are available for use under a Creative Commons license. See also separate conditions for use of the service. Several people have developed third-party client libraries for various programming languages.

All regular users of the API are strongly recommended to subscribe to our API-users mailing list as this is the only channel on which we will communicate planned changes outside the API itself (see the archives for past notifications).

For operational status and maintenance notifications, see status.met.no (please bookmark in case there is a problem with the site).

For information on available data and how to access them, please refer to the weatherapi documentation. For a list of changes since version 2, see the Release Notes for v.3.

Data owned by other institutions than MET Norway is not available for unrestricted public use. This is specified in the documentation of each product. Examples of such products are the Nordic radar images and some satellite images. Refer to the documentation of each product.

Available products:

Alerts

Airqualityforecast 0.1
Forecast of air-quality for locations in Norway
Forestfireindex 1.1
Reporting danger level of forest fires.
MetAlerts 1.1
Weather alerts from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute
UVforecast
A prognosis of UV radiation

Astronomy 🌣

Sunrise 2.0
Calculate sun/moon rise/set for a given place

Aviation

Aviationforecast 1.6
Textual aviation weather forecasts
NLAroutes 1.0
Vertical cross sections for flight routes
Routeforecast 1.0
Maps and vertical cross sections for offshore flight routes
Sigcharts 1.0
Significant Weather Charts for aviation
Sigmets 2.0
Get sigmets and airmets for Norway
Spotwind 1.1
Spotwind forecasts for airport landing systems
Tafmetar 1.0
Receive Taf/Metar from airports
Turbulence 1.1
Turbulence prognosis
Upperwindweather 1.1
Upperlevel wind and weather charts
VerticalProfile 1.1
Vertical weather profiles for aviation
Volcanicashforecast 0.1
Norwegian national volcanic ash products including forecast

Lightning

Radar 2.0
Radar images from various locations

Marine

Gribfiles 1.1
Serve grib files on the coast from Oslo and Western Norway
Icemap 1.0
Maps as images showing current ice conditions in the arctic regions.
Oceanforecast 0.9
Ocean forecast for a specified place
Oslofjord 0.1
Current maps for Oslofjorden and Drammensfjorden
Soundprofile 1.0
Vertical profiles in the ocean off the Norwegian coast
Textforecast 2.0
Textual weather forecast for Norwegian land and sea areas
Tidalwater 1.1
Tidal water information

Military

Metgc 1.0
Deliver meteorological forecast data in METGM/C format for defined areas
Metgm 1.0
Deliver meteorological forecast data in METGM/C format for defined areas

Other

Weathericon 1.1
deliver weather icons.

Satellite 🛰

Geosatellite 1.4
Images from geostationary satellites
Polarsatellite 1.1
Images from satellites in polar orbit

Weather

ExtremesWWC 1.2
The Wettest, Warmest and Coldest places
Locationforecast 1.9
Weather forecast for a specified place
LocationforecastLTS
Weather forecast for a specified place, long term support.
Nowcast 0.9
Nowcast for a specified place.
Probabilityforecast 1.1
Probability forecast for a specified place
Radar 2.0
Radar images from various locations
Subjectiveforecast 1.0
Forecasts and analyses charts from the meteorologist
Textforecast 2.0
Textual weather forecast for Norwegian land and sea areas

News

All quiet on the Corona front 2020-04-20

Hope you are all doing ok in these difficult times. Here at MET Norway it's business as usual. Most of us are working from home, but since the API team already did this for half the week there's not much difference. Here's a summary of the changes so far this year:

End of Life'd products

The following products have been deprecated and will be removed on 15 May 1 June 2020:

The following have also been deprecated, probable EOL times as indicated:

New products

Locationforecast 2.0

Version 2.0 is nearing completion, the only major feature missing is documentation. We have decided to split the output into three different endpoints:

  • default (new, plain vanilla JSON)
  • compact (a lite version of JSON with less bloat)
  • classic (good old fashioned XML, to be used responsibly)

Also, the unit for temperature has been changed in JSON from "C" to "celsius" to conform with CF standards.

Weathericon 2.0

We are also happy to launch a new set of corresponding weather icons. Unlike the former numerical codes in 1.9, the 2.0 "symbol_code" variable is based on a mnemonic code and correspond exactly to the icon filename (minus extension). All icons are available in PNG, SVG and PDF formats, and can be downloaded as a gzipped TAR archive:

In addition you can also get a table matching the new and old symbol codes, as well as explanatory texts in English and several variations of Norwegian:

Radar 2.0

Radar have been upgraded to version 2.0, with new parameters, new areas, new sizes and a new projection. GIF animations will still be producted for the time being.

Sigmets 2.0

The new version 2.0 delivers both SIGMETS and AIRMETS, but now also includes wind shear warnings. You can now ask for each type separately, but by default you will get all in the same response. Also the long-standing bug where warnings would be included twice have finally been fixed.

Sigcharts

This was previously part of Upperwindweather, but has now been launched as a separate product.

Other changes

LocationforecastLTS

As mentioned last year we have deprecated the LocationforecastLTS product, which will be retired some time after we have launched the new Locationforecast 2.0. In the mean time, the background model for the Nordic area (MEPS) have been replaced with a new, improved model (CMEPS) which is run every hour.

Unfortunately, some little used parameters are no longer present in the new model, which means that some slight changes have been made to locationforecastlts:

  • the parameter areaMaxWindSpeed was removed
  • there will no longer be available time intervals backward in time

These changes are only be visible for the Nordic area (Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland). The rest of the world (which uses the EC model) remains unchanged.

MetAlerts

Some of you may have noticed that about half of the municipalities in Norway got new codes ("kommunenummer") this year. This was implemented in MetAlerts this March. As you cannot search on municipalites yet (only counties) rhis does not affect the API interface, but if you are extracting kommunenr from the CAP files you should search for both old and new numbers.

New backend

In March we changed the file storage backend for non-dynamic products. This should result in faster response times and greatly reduce the occurence of delivering stale data.

Future plans for 2020

  • Icemap/2.0 (possibly with GeoJSON)
  • Probabilityforecast/2.0, Nowcast/2.0 and Oceanforecast/2.0 in JSON formats

Ho, ho, ho and some API stocking fillers 2019-12-20

We hope you all have been good developers this year, in which case you can look forward to some new improved products next month (for those who have been bad we will also be taking some away).

Locationforecast

On December 3rd we launched the new backend for locationforecast/1.9. In connection with that some of our users have noted that the topography for Norway is not as accurate as before. This is because we use a terrain model with a slightly coarser resolution. This does not affect the quality of our temperature forecasts. However, due to requests from our users we will soon return to a higher resolution topography for Norway.

Next year we also plan to introduce a higher resolution topography for our global forecasts. This will make the forecast more accurate when not using the recommended "msl" parameter to indicate elevation, which is hard to implement e.g. in mobile apps.

We are also working hard on finalizing the JSON format in 2.0, as well as improving the weathericon symbols so that you won't have to call sunrise to know if to use a night or day version.

Radar animations

Due to popular demand, we have decided to continue GIF animation in radar/2.0 which will launch on Feb 3rd. Everything else will be different though, included sizes (only one), areas (previously called radarsites), types (more options) and formats (all static images are now in PNG).

Radar/1.5 will continue running until May 15th so you have plenty time to update your systems. We still have plans to launch a Javascript animation version, but this is not a high priority.

More changes on Feb 3rd

Next year the sigcharts in upperwindweather will be moved to a new product, possibly with some new charts to follow. The upperwindweather product will then be deprecated, and eventually removed from the public api.

We will also be launching a new version 2.0 of icemap with more and better maps of the Arctic. The old version 1.5 will continue running until March.

We have also decided to retire the little-used lightning product on api.met.no. Since you now can download lightning data more or less in real time from Frost, there is little use for 5 min old data from the API. The data will continue to be delivered in UALF format as before. You can test out the new product here (remember to register for a developer key).

Finally the radar/1.5 and uvforecast products will be end-of-lifed on May 15th, to be replaced by the improved radar/2.0 and locationforecast/2.0 respectively.

News archive

Change log

Radar: Deprecation of 1.5, 2020-05-06

Termination of version 1.5 has been postponed to 2020-06-01.

Sigmets: Deprecation of 1.0, 2020-05-06

Termination of version 1.0 has been postponed to 2020-06-01.

UVforecast: EOL extended to June 1st, 2020-05-06

Due to delays in launching locationforecast/2.0 we have decided to support UVforecast until 2020-06-01.

UVforecast: Product EOL, 2020-04-20

This product will be discontinued after Easter 2020. Instead UV index will be returned in the JSON version of locationforecast/2.0.

VerticalProfile: airquality profile removed, 2020-04-20
  • * Airquality model files have not been produced since November 2019, so should have been removed from verticalprofile long time ago.
Tidalwater: Documentation errata, 2020-03-30

Corrected to say that levels are in meters (not centimeters as previously stated) and times in UTC, as well as explanations of the percentile columns.

Other data sources at MET Norway

See free meteorological data on met.no for a complete list of data services.

Questions?

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