The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates the National Weather Service’s (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), which has played a vital, but at times unreliable role in disseminating crucial weather data to private enterprise, public agencies, and the general public. As demand for this data has grown over time, free and open access to these agency data pipelines is facing critical bandwidth limitations that have forced the agency to propose hard limitations on the allowed number of requests for model and weather data per minute. With an open period for gathering public opinion already kicked off, the United States Federal Government has invited the public to comment on these proposals.
AerisWeather’s Chief Technical Officer, Lee Huffman, shared the following in response to the proposed changes:
“NOAA provides a vast amount of weather data and imagery used by companies and individuals globally. With the amount of freely available data, NOAA manages extreme usages in requests and bandwidth. Recently, NOAA has openly discussed their bandwidth limitations and potential remedies, such as a 60 request/minute rate limit for unique users. AerisWeather utilizes NOAA data and many other global partners to provide our consistent suite of weather-related API and imagery services. After a thorough review, we can confirm that the proposed NOAA rate limit is generous and should not affect our services. Our various data sources and methods for obtaining such data include those not affected by the NOAA bandwidth limitations. We value our relationship with NOAA and understand their current usage constraints. Fortunately, AerisWeather controls its cloud-based data, allowing us to quickly scale to meet our client demands that can significantly exceed thousands of requests/minute.”
As stated, AerisWeather should remain unaffected from any and all service impacts stemming from these changes thanks to the foresight of our Technical Team who engineered and deployed advanced & distributed methodologies to efficiently gather, interpret, and distribute data.
In a recent blog, we covered some similar issues with relying simply on public data sources (before the problem grew to this magnitude) in depth. This blog highlights why a paid weather solution can remove many of the headaches as well as mitigate risk in dealing with freely distributed governmental sources of data. Notably, some paid weather services have recently raised the alarm about potential impacts to their services, so extra caution should be exercised when looking for a replacement. AerisWeather has carefully engineered its infrastructure around stability by utilizing one of the industry’s widest range of data sources, meaning we are both well within the constraints of all proposed rate limits and well-positioned with ample redundancy for data others may be at risk of losing.
AerisWeather encourages all who are compelled to make their opinions known as global business and enterprise will always benefit from some basic level of free and open access to basic weather data. However, for those businesses facing critical interruptions & limitations in the face of these proposed changes, AerisWeather stands by, ready to assist with consistent, flexible data plans that are designed for a wide array of business applications.