How do I connect Klipfolio and Weather?

You can set up a connection between Klipfolio® and your Weather data to display your weather metrics on a dashboard.

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What options do I have for visualizing my Weather data?

Create data visualizations based on pre-built options or build your own. The choice is yours!

Pre-built by Klipfolio

In collaboration with industry experts and adhering to current best practices and trends, Klipfolio focuses on getting the most out of your data and presenting it in meaningful, actionable visualizations. Our pre-built content, including pre-built data sources and pre-built Klips can act as a complete solution or as a starting point toward custom building.

  • Weather pre-built data sources: Data sources provide the foundation for Klip building, so we suggest you create a data source as a first step (before building Klips and adding them to your dashboard). Our pre-built data sources focus on the most sought-after Weather data and are found on the Service Connectors page, available from this link or from your list of data sources. When you select a service connector from this page, the data source for that service is automatically added.
  • Weather pre-built Klips: Pre-built Klips enable you to quickly set up a dashboard using predefined visualizations that display common key metrics. Pre-built Klips are found in the Klip® Gallery or, for White Label customers, in the Integration Gallery.

Custom-built by you

Taking the time to learn how to create your own data sources and Klips unlocks your data and enables you to control, manipulate, and transform it, leading you to unprecedented insights into your business.

  • Custom data sources: When you create a custom data source, you can either use the pre-built data source as a starting point from which to write your own query or you can write your own queries from the ground up and build a data source from scratch. You create custom-built data sources from the Service Connectors page, accessible from this link or from your list of data sources.
  • Custom Klips: Using our Klip Editor, you can construct and manipulate your data, including integrating multiple data sources, to produce unique, custom-built data visualizations. You create custom Klips from either your list of Klips or your Dashboard.

Regardless of whether you choose pre-built, custom-built, or a combination of both, before you can start building Klips and dashboards you need to connect to Weather data in Klipfolio.

How do I connect to Weather data in Klipfolio?

To get the right data from Weather, you use your location and unit of measurement in the queries provided by Klipfolio or in your own query when building data sources.

Your location can be identified using your city name, city name and country code, city ID, zip code, or geographic coordinates. Learn more about the different ways to identify your location here.

How do I add a Weather pre-built data source?

To add a Weather pre-built data source:

  1. Navigate to the Service Connectors page in Klipfolio and choose Weather from the list.
  2. Select a pre-built data source from the left section of the Pick a Data Request page.
  3. On the Configure Data Source page, enter your Location and select a unit from the Date Format drop-down list.
  4. Click Submit or, if you want to modify the pre-built data request, click Switch to Custom settings.
    Note: If you switch back to the Basic settings page after making changes in the Custom settings page, your changes will not be saved.

If you clicked Switch to Custom settings:

  1. On the Configure Data Source page, modify the Query URL to get the data you want. You can use the existing information in the Query URL text box as a base. It was auto-filled based on the pre-built data source you selected on the Pick a Data Request page.
  2. Click Submit.

Note: In addition to your unmodelled data source, you can create a modelled version of your data source at this stage. To create a modelled data source, ensure that the checkbox next to Model this data source is selected before clicking Continue.

To learn more about creating a modelled data source, click here.

How do I add Weather pre-built Klips?

In the Klip Gallery or, for White Label customers, in the Integration Gallery you can browse individual Weather pre-built Klips and add them to your dashboard. You replace the sample data that is included in pre-built Klips with your own Weather data by clicking the menu in the Klip and selecting Connect your data.

How do I create a Weather custom-built data source?

To create a Weather custom-built data source:

  1. Navigate to the Service Connectors page in Klipfolio and choose Weather from the list.
  2. On the Pick a Data Request page, click Create a custom Weather data source.
  3. Adjust the Query URL information, as noted on the Configure Data Source page, to replace any generic placeholder query information with your own.
    For example, replace <yourLocation> with your location.
  4. Edit the Query URL to return the data you need. Refer to the Weather API documentation for details.
  5. Click Submit.

Note: In addition to your unmodelled data source, you can create a modelled version of your data source at this stage. To create a modelled data source, ensure that the checkbox next to Model this data source is selected before clicking Continue.

To learn more about creating a modelled data source, click here.

If you want to edit a data source that you already created, check out How to edit or reconfigure a data source, and get step-by-step instructions.

How do I create a Weather data source from scratch?

You can choose to build a data source from scratch. Klipfolio connects to hundreds of services in the cloud that have a REST API. If you take the time to learn your service’s API to create queries for the data you want, your possibilities are endless. Here’s a quick overview video on APIs and Klipfolio:

 Klipfolio API's 101

If you need assistance using APIs, enlist a data analyst or developer.

Refer to the Weather API documentation to discover more data requests.

When you are happy with your query, click Submit, and then save and name your new data source. You're now ready to use it to build a Weather Klip.

See the reference table below for API related information and sample queries.

API Documentation Weather API documentation

Authentication Method

API Key Authentication
Response Format JSON
Sample Queries

To get the current weather for multiple cities:

http://api.openweathermap.org/data/2.5/group?id=<CityID>,<CityID>,<CityID>&units=<Unit>&appid=4370c2c9df3c07ece0f94d062e2601bf

To get the 16 day weather forecast for a city:

http://api.openweathermap.org/data/2.5/forecast/daily?id=<CityID>&units=<Unit>&appid=4370c2c9df3c07ece0f94d062e2601bf

How do I create a Weather custom Klip?

You create custom Klips from either your list of Klips or your Dashboard. You choose a data visualization format, for example, a pie chart, gauge, or table, and decide whether you want to use an existing data source or create a new one. In the Klip Editor, there are limitless opportunities to modify, relate, and display your data. See the following related articles for more information and get building!

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