mPING is a citizen science project that collects geotagged, time stamped reports of weather conditions near the surface. These observations are used by NOAA and NSSL scientist and NWS forecasters to develop better analyses of current conditions and better forecasts of future conditions. But the project has also been designed to display these reports to anyone that wants to see them, whether you are a meteorologist, storm tracker, weather fanatic or just happen to be looking up at the sky. Your observations can be submitted using the free mPING mobile application found on both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. Reports can be viewed within the app and reports are always available to be viewed at mping.ou.edu.
If you would like further access to our entire database of archived reports we offer that as well for both research and commercial purposes. Additionally, you are invited to use the mPING API to include the ability to both submit and view mPING reports within your own third-party apps. You may find the full API specification at https://mping.ou.edu/api.
Research (non-commercial) Access
This license offers real-time download access to all the data in the mPING report database via the mPING API, and the ability to submit reports to the mPING data base via a third-party app. The limitations on this type of license are that the data can not be redistributed or sold, and is typically intended for people who are conducting research, disaster or community management, government employees and entities or other non-revenue generating activities. To see a copy of this license please click here. To see if you qualify for this license type and apply please complete the form found here.
This license offers real-time download access to all the data in the mPING report database via the mPING API, and the ability to submit reports to the mPING data base via a third-party app. In this regard, Research and Commercial access licenses are identical. The Commercial access license is for organizations who wish to distribute the data for commercial purposes, build products based on mPING data, add value to existing products or systems though mPING data, or other revenue-generating types of activities. This type of license is granted via User Centric, IP., and may require additional approvals or agreements between you and User Centric, IP. As is the case for the Research license, you must apply for access by completing the form here.