MeteoGroup’s Radar Precipitation Forecast API provides time series with short-term precipitation forecasts, based on radar data via https://precipitation-forecast.weather.mg/search. A forecast can be requested that is either representative of a specific location, or an area smaller than 40x40 km (via the bounding box).
The time series contains a data set, including the latest observed radar-derived precipitation intensity value combined with a 3-hourly forecast. The time series has a temporal resolution of between 5 and 15 minutes, depending on the temporal resolution of the original source data.
Data sources used for the Radar Precipitation Forecast API
- MeteoGroup delivers real-time radar data with the highest temporal and spatial resolution.
- We use highly-accurate radar data provided by local National Meteorological Institutes.
- The Radar Precipitation Forecast API is mainly available in Western- and Central-Europe, but other areas can also be made available.
- The available data differs per country, as spatial resolution is between 1 and 3 kms, while temporal resolution is between 5 and 15 minutes. For details, see the table below.
|Country||Spatial resolution||Temporal resolution|
Value proposition of the Radar Precipitation Forecast API
The value proposition of the Lightning API is as listed in the following table, which emphasizes where MeteoGroup adds value to core data.
|Coverage||Using different areas / sources.|
|Sharpness||Areas are available in the highest resolution.|
|Correctness||Applying an optimized decluttering algorithm to filter out false radar echoes.|
|Completeness||Adding forecast radar data and precipitation type to core data.|
|Temporal resolution||Enabling a 3-hour forecast time series based on radar data.|
|Availability||Time series via API allows optimal integration to aid decision making.|