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Xweather API: Lightning data and mapping

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 delivers the precise location and characteristics of every lightning strike globally. Get your lightning data directly from the source—our science-backed data is 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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Getting started: Trials + pricing

Access to Xweather's lightning data starts with a subscription to Xweather Flex, our convenient API and raster mapping bundle. Get the data you need, when you need it, with access to quick-built, high-resolution weather visuals.

For access to MapsGL lightning layers, subscribe to MapsGL, our data-rich weather mapping solution.

Start your free 30-day trial, build your subscription, or contact us to learn more.