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Xweather Lightning API

Easily access the world’s most accurate global lightning data for your operations in real time through our REST API.

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Hyperlocal lightning data, available across the globe

The Xweather lightning API has delivered the precise location and characteristics of every lightning strike globally since 2016. Get your lightning data directly from the source - our science-backed data is available at your fingertips.

Delivery formats for every application

We make our best-in-class data available in modern and responsive ways for the locations that are important to you and your customers.

Data API

The Xweather lightning API is a RESTful API delivered in classic API format. It enables access to precise global lightning data, providing you with everything you need to integrate location-specific lightning data into any web, native, or mobile application.

Webhooks push

Receive push data in near real-time as lightning occurs. Simply provide an HTTP URL for our webhooks system to push data to your application. Webhooks are compatible with all of our lightning endpoints.

Maps (raster + vector)

Visually monitor approaching storms in relation to your most critical assets. Whether you choose our raster maps or MapsGL, our vector mapping solution, our developer-friendly mapping platforms provide the flexibility to generate a full weather map or transparent tiles that can be integrated with your favorite mapping libraries like Leaflet and Mapbox.

Visualize lightning threats in stunning clarity

Harness our API-powered MapsGL vector mapping to create gorgeous visuals of lightning and other weather threats.

Smooth animations

Overlay our gorgeous, comprehensive animations with a map of your own critical assets to contextualize lightning data at a glance to quickly understand potential impacts.

Full customization

From colors and animations like flashes, adjust your lightning display on the go to suit your application’s needs.

Smooth animations

Overlay our gorgeous, comprehensive animations with a map of your own critical assets to contextualize lightning data at a glance to quickly understand potential impacts.

Full customization

From colors and animations like flashes, adjust your lightning display on the go to suit your application’s needs.

The industry's most robust lightning API

When you combine Vaisala Xweather proprietary networks with our advanced API features and parameters, the result is the industry's unrivaled lightning API.

Advanced geospatial capabilities

Our raster and vector lightning map layers offer flexibility and customization options for displaying lightning in real time.

Strike type filtering

Lightning that strikes the ground or structures makes up only 25% of all lightning, but accounts for nearly all damage. Use filters help you focus on what matters most to you – whether that be cloud-to-ground strikes or intracloud lightning pulses.

Strike attributes

Conduct advanced lightning event analysis – now and in the past – by querying strike peak amperage and filtering by positive or negative polarity.

Advanced search areas

Make critical safety decisions based on lightning distance by creating advanced bounding box and single or double-radius (or donut-shaped) search areas using parameters critical to your operations.

Route actions

Ensure safety on journeys of all natures, from road travel to hikes, by return lightning data for points along your route.

Forecast lightning threats

Advanced nowcasting technology tells you where the threat of lightning is heading next.

Our proprietary AI model leverages nowcasting technology to provide advanced warning for thunderstorms with each threat area mapped out up to 60 minutes in the future.

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Set up your Xweather Flex 30-day trial or monthly subscription to start monitoring lightning threats to your most critical assets.

30-day free trial

Free

Test-drive the Lightning Add-On with a 30-day trial of Xweather Flex.

  • Explore our most popular features, endpoints, and layers

  • Up to 1,000 accesses a day

  • No credit card required

Flex

Starting at
$$
275/mo
when billed annually

Xweather Flex is one of the most complete weather and mapping APIs available with rich historical datasets, minute-by-minute forecasts, and unique endpoints like severe weather, tropical storms, air quality, and wildfires.

Start with Flex as the base of any Xweather API subscription, and add on advanced datasets like Air Quality, Lightning, Renewable Energy, or Road Weather.

Lightning API Add-On

Free
with Flex subscription

Get started with the Lightning API Add-On by adding it to your existing Flex subscription. Lightning API endpoints and mapping layers utilize an access multiplier.

Your questions answered

Not sure which plan is right for you? Get in touch today to discuss custom solutions for special use cases.