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Published date: 27 January, 2022

New Azure Maps features historical weather, air quality and tropical storms.

Develop weather and climatology enabled solutions using the historical weather, air quality and tropical storms features from Azure Maps Weather Services. 

Azure Maps Weather Services has added three new features, historical weather, air quality and tropical storms. Like the other Azure Maps Weather Services, the data in these new features come from worldwide leading weather services provider, AccuWeather. Here are the specifics on what these new features include:

Historical weather provides actuals, normals and records climatology data by day, for a specified date range, up to 31 days in a single API request. Historical data may be available as far back as 5 to 40+ years and includes, temperatures, precipitation, snowfall, snow depth and cooling/heating degree day information, depending on the location and service.

Air quality provides detailed information about the current and forecasted concentration of air pollutants and air quality. Forecasted information is available by hour (upcoming 1, 12, 24, 48, 72, and 96 hours) and by day (upcoming 1 to 7 days). Information includes, pollution levels, air quality index values, the dominant pollutant, and a brief statement summarizing risk level and suggested precautions.

Tropical storms provides information on government-issued active tropical storms, government-issued forecasted tropical storms, the locations of an individual government-issued tropical storm and the ability to search government-issued tropical storms by year, basin ID, and government ID. Tropical storms are also known as, hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons, depending on the region of the world. 

To get started with Azure Maps and the Azure Maps Weather Services, please go to the Azure Maps documentation and create an Azure Maps account for free if you don’t already have one.

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