Is it legimate an/or possible to cache API results?

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what counts as an api call? My site, which uses the NWS now, would qualify for the free version, but just barely. On the other hand, it seems like I could cache the weather pages for 15 minutes or a half hour and guarantee that it will always be under the maximum. Is that legitimate?
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How would you cache the pages?
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Yes, you can cache. I recommend 5-15 minute caches for current conditions and 4-6 hour caches for forecast.
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Is caching unlimited? I'm interested in historical monthly averages. Once I've downloaded the data for a specific location, can I store that data in my own database permanently? Because they are historical averages, I don't need them to be updated frequently. 
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You can cache the results for a particular location and save them. The caching limit here would be your API call limit. 
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Yes, by all means cache what you get back from the API... Not only does this save your quota and potentially avoid unnecessary calls to non-updated data, but it's just good web-programming practice and saves bandwidth for all parties involved.

@jbriano - there are a few good ways to cache data like this, one way is to database it.
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Is there a good way to store either an XML or JSON result in a cookie (or a different way I'm not thinking of that doesn't require a database)?

I'm trying to making a simple example for learning purposes and I cannot get the SimpleXMLELement to store in a cookie because it won't (I'm using PHP)... so now I'm trying to use JSON instead but I'd appreciate any recommendations for doing this the "right" way.

Any suggestions? Thanks!
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I used localStorage which is widely supported. Here is a code sample with a 2 hour timeout.

function weatherReport(parsed_json){

// your function

function fetchWeather(){
url : "",
dataType : "jsonp",
success : function(data) {
var appTime = new Date().getTime();
// Append it to the end of the full data object
data.myTime = appTime;
// Stringify so we can store it in localStorage
var jsonStore = JSON.stringify(data);
} // .fetchWeather

if ( localStorage.getItem('bulk_json') === null ) {
// No storage set, go get new data
} else {
var minutes=1000*60;
var hours=minutes*60;
var now = new Date().getTime().toString();
// Grab the dataset from storage
var parsed = JSON.parse(localStorage.getItem('bulk_json'));
// Older than two (2) hours? get rid of it.
if( now > (parsed['myTime'] + (2*hours) ) ){
} else {