AccuWeather brings weather data to smart contracts by running a Chainlink node

The weather information provider AccuWeather announced Wednesday that it is launching a Chainlink node to place its weather APIs directly onto blockchain-based smart contracts, according to a release.

AccuWeather APIs include weather information such as temperature, precipitation, wind speed, and natural disaster classifications. A few possible uses for AccuWeather-powered smart contracts include non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that can change depending on weather forecasts, weather prediction markets against natural disasters, and automatic supply chain shifts correlated with the weather, according to the weather firm. 

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“As one of the initial weather-related data products to join Chainlink, we are thrilled to expand our reach in bringing value to the emerging blockchain-based market,” Kurt Fulepp, Global Chief Product Officer of AccuWeather, said in the release.

Chainlink, an Ethereum-based network of decentralized blockchain oracles, allows off-chain data to be placed into smart contracts.

The crypto exchange Kraken also recently incorporated a Chalinlink node to facilitate price predictions on decentralized finance (DeFi) apps, and the digital asset investment firm Grayscale also added Chainlink’s native token, LINK, to its investment fund.