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Identify time periods that had the most snow-covered roads
Helios APIs: Observations (Search)

Using aggregations, we can summarize our search results in powerful ways to identify trends that would not otherwise be apparent using the raw observation data. When we use the time aggregation, the API will return a list of time periods and the total number of observations matching our query for each of those time periods.

In this example, we are going to look for roads with full snow coverage in Colorado over a one month span. Our API query uses the state, time_min, time_max, and sensors[road_weather] query parameters:


This will return a list of individual observation points that we can review. Instead of looking through all of this raw data, we are going to append an aggs query parameter to aggregate the results over time. The new query looks like this:


With the aggs=time query option, our API response now returns the total number of observations in our time range that had snow on the road, with the totals provided separately for each day. We also specified a query option of limit=0 which will tell the API not to return any of the raw point data. This step is optional, but if you only care about the aggregation data, it will help reduce the overall size of the API response.

With our new daily totals, we can begin to identify which days experienced the most severe weather events.