Import Weatherstack Data to Google Sheets
In this guide, we’ll walk through how to pull realtime weather data from the Weatherstack API directly into Google Sheets, using the API Connector add-on for Sheets. We’ll first get an API key from Weatherstack, and then set up a request to pull in weather data from Weatherstack to your spreadsheet.
- Part 1: Get your Weatherstack API Key
- Part 2: Create your API Request URL
- Part 3: Pull Weatherstack API Data into Sheets
- Part 4: Weatherstack API Notes
PART 1: GET YOUR WEATHERSTACK API KEY
- If you haven’t already, sign up for an account at https://weatherstack.com/product. For this walkthrough, the free plan is fine.
- You will automatically be directed to a quickstart page containing your API key. Keep it handy as we’ll need it shortly. That’s it! You now have access to the Weatherstack API.
PART 2: CREATE YOUR WEATHERSTACK API REQUEST URL
We’ll follow the Weatherstack API documentation to access current weather for a specific location.
- API root: http://api.weatherstack.com
- Endpoint: /current
- Query String:?access_key=YOUR_API_KEY&query=LOCATION
Putting it all together, we get the full API Request URL:
Just substitute in your own API key and location of interest.
PART 3: PULL WEATHERSTACK API DATA INTO SHEETS
We can now enter all our values into API Connector and start importing Weatherstack data into Google Sheets.
- Open up Google Sheets and click Add-ons > API Connector > Open.
- In the Create screen, enter the Request URL we just created
- Leave the headers section blank as we don’t need any headers for this request. We don’t need to add extra authorization either, so just skip that section.
- Create a new tab and click ‘Set current’ to use that tab as your data destination.
- Name your request and click Run. A moment later you’ll see weather data populate the Weatherstack tab in your Google Sheet:
PART 4: WEATHERSTACK API NOTES
- Locations can be identified by their name (
query=New York), zip code (
query=10001), latitude/longitude (
query=40.7831,-73.9712), or IP address (
query=22.214.171.124). While Weatherstack also provides an option to auto-identify IP address, it won’t work here as requests sent via Google Sheets always point back to Google’s own IP addresses.
- Append query strings
units=sfor scientific, and
units=ffor Fahrenheit. For example:
- Other types of weather data, including historical weather, historical time-series, and weather forecasts are available via Weatherstack’s paid plans.