In my constant search for free weather data for Spincloud, a short while ago I have found a gem: free forecast data offered by the progressive Norwegian Meteorologic Institute. The long range forecast coverage is fairly thorough and covers most more than 2700 locations worldwide. I am happy to announce that I have extended spincloud.com to include it.
The data is refreshed every hour and the forecast range is available for the next seven days. You can bookmark any location or subscribe to weather reports via RSS.
On a different but related note, I can only be thankful for the free data offered by various meteorological organizations that allows Spincloud to exist and I believe in freeing public data (weather related and otherwise) as it belongs to the public that finances government and inter-government agencies in the first place. The Norwegian Met Institute is a great example for freeing its data and I am saluting them for making the right decision.
Now if only all such progressive Meteorological institutes around the world would agree on a common format for disseminating their data, it would make developers like me a tad happier…