New Release: Weather Attributes & Fahrenheit Temps

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 17:00
Jeof Oyster

This month we're releasing a couple of minor but helpful features for the Weather API. The new properties include prior-year, three-year, and long-term averages for accumulated precipitation and GDDs. This will allow you to easily compare this year's weather with last year or what's normal. The data comes back just like accumulations normally do, making it easy to add to a chart without making a bunch of API calls.

We're also adding data for Potential Evapotranspiration (PET), which is a measure of how much water the ground is likely losing as a result of heat and wind. It's an important metric for identifying potential irrigation needs or moisture stress, especially when expressed as a ratio of precipitation-over-PET. Check out our new tutorial on PET to learn more about this figure.

All the details for this release are in the release notes, so be sure to check that section anytime we make changes.

I'd also like to introduce myself - I'm Jeof and I'm the new product manager for aWhere's API program and our developer community. My passion is building platforms and products that do something good in the world, and I'm excited to be part of aWhere because I think we're offering something unique and meaningful for agriculture. I look forward to seeing what we build together!