End of Service for the Weather Underground API

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We’re contacting you today to tell you about some upcoming changes to the Weather Underground (WU) API and what these changes mean for you.

The WU API has been around since 2010 to help you develop apps and websites as well as manage your Personal Weather Station data.  During that time, we’ve watched you build amazing products and visualize weather data with creativity and purpose.

Over the years, our infrastructure has struggled to keep up with the growing numbers of users coming to us for API data. We realized we needed to make changes to ensure the highest level of quality, performance and uptime for our API users.

As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to retire the Weather Underground API. The Weather Company, which acquired WU back in 2012, offers a powerful suite of enterprise-grade APIs that might be better suited to meet your scale and performance needs while offering a broader range of weather data. You can see these products here.

Here’s what you need to know going forward:

  • Your subscriptions, and therefore access, will continue to work through 12/31/2018.

  • If you are a paying WU API customer, you will receive a call from a representative from The Weather Company, and IBM business, to discuss transition options to other API services. If you’d like to have these conversations sooner, contact us.

  • If you are a Personal Weather Station owner, you will receive more information about our plan to offer free access to the data you provide to Weather Underground. We’ll reach out once that plan has been finalized.

  • For developers who use WU API data for non-commercial purposes, you will have access to a new plan for a personal use, low call volume API. Stay tuned for more details as we build this out.

  • The WU Forum will continue to be the best place to connect, keep you informed, share your feedback and get your questions answered as we go through this process.


We are grateful for your commitment to Weather Underground and appreciate your understanding and support as we work through this process. These changes will allow us to continually improve our services and develop new features to keep WU a thriving place for you for many years to come.

Thanks for being part of the community.

Sincerely,

The WU Team
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Mariano, that about sums it up.  I've been accused by said representative of being 'a bit dramatic' by suggesting that even those PWS owners that will continue to get API access will nevertheless decide to take their data elsewhere.  Wunderground as we know it will die a slow, painful death, which is probably what IBM have in mind.  Without PWS data and without an API, and without a community or crowd-sourced ethos (doesn't go hand-in-hand with the IBM corporate ethos) what really is left of WU?  Begin carving the headstone...
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I use API for my RainMachine Wi-Fi sprinkler controller, using my own weather station data at my home. How will this affect me?
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Hi, John.

That's an extremely broad question that calls on me to make a wide variety of assumptions.

A) For the short term, I don't think it affects you at all.  Assuming your PWS id and API key are both linked to the same email address, then we should put the two together and will keep your key.  If you'd prefer not to leave that to chance, you can email me your PWS id and API key, and I will make sure that it does not get turned off.

B) Some time after the first of the year, there will be a portal where you can sign up for a key for the new API.  We anticipate giving PWS owners/uploaders a month to transition to the new API once it is ready.  We will post more information about that on the Forum.  Because many, perhaps most PWS uploaders do not use the API, there is unlikely to be a direct email blast to PWS owners (as some have requested from me), as it would only be confusing.  If, however, you would like to have me email you, so that you don't have to keep checking back to the Forum, that is a service I am willing to provide.  I plan to do that as a standard feature for everyone who signs up on my list by providing their PWS ID and API key. 

C)  Once the new API is ready and you have your new key, you will need to rewrite the calls that your sprinkler controller makes for information.  You will not, as I currently understand it, need to redo anything with uploading your data to Weather Underground.  

One point to make here:  is it necessary to have an API call to get this information?  I think the answer is no.  If you store your own PWS information on your own computer, you can, I think, get what you need from there without any API at all.  But every installation of equipment is going to be unique, and I cannot pretend to know how all of those various machines work, much less work together.  But as a programmer myself, I can understand how it is possible to avoid the API call altogether.  This is not to discourage anyone from using our API (or any other), but simply to note that there are other possibilities as well.  

I don't know if this answers all the questions you (or others) have, so if not, please let me know.  Anyone who wants to sign up their PWS/API key can email me below.

Victoria Gardner
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Thank you for the response, Victoria. I think your paragraph A answered my question. The on-board software of the RainMachine calls for an API key and the PWS ID, which are currently both embedded in the software and both are linked to the same e-mail. So, I will not worry about this any further. I appreciate your response. Happy Holidays to you!
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Perfect!  Same to you, John!

--Victoria
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I think you should give us more time to be adapted new system. Time is running out but we have no idea about new system as a developer. Because I didn't get answer my emails
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As I noted elsewhere, I have answered your emails, and I find it reprehensible that you are pretending otherwise here in a public forum.  The many, many people who email me directly all know that I answer quickly, often within an hour.  I will not be bullied or gaslighted.

For everyone else:  I know I have said this a million times, all I can do is suggest that there will be an opportunity to shift.  The December 31 deadline is becoming weaker all the time, that is, less likely to be enforced.  

Victoria Gardner
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what makes you angry lilke that I don't understand. if you respond my email please proof it
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MIME-Version: 1.0
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2018 00:42:21 +0300
Message-ID: <CANOg9LkQvhOkA06Dv3H1sry7xs5=v42NqwyE...>
Subject: Weather api
From: mahmut cihan yeter <mcyeter@gmail.com>
To: victoria.gardner@ibm.com
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Hi I'm  mcihany
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forum.
I was send detail info before with cihan@cihanyeter.com but no one return
me.
I want to learn price of 300.000 calls per day 10 day hourly weather
forecast and current weather and also I wonder new api will same json
format?

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thats my email so where is yours?
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Not playing this game.  
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mcihany

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Yes I think it is just a game for you but not me and others....
As I understand we are alone with the problem.....
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The only item reprehensible here is the way WU and IBM have handled this.
Now that everyone is upset this mouth-piece they hired is getting tired of people
just not rolling over and taking it. 


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Typical behavior of a large American corporation. Nobody in charge has a clue.
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Jim Boyd

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So we pay all of the expenses to provide WU with data...and then WU is going to charge us to use it? Sounds like a SCAM to me...
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Jim, I'm not sure what you're talking about.  

PWS owners/uploaders are going to continue to have API access.  If you have heard anything else, it is incorrect.  Please see my response to John Cook a few notes above this one.

Victoria Gardner
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FOR HOW LONG are the PWS owners going to have API access? A year, a month?
It appears now to be inevitable that PWS owners will also be screwed eventually, likely with little to no notice.

I have always known IBM to be nebulous, but this is rediculous. I actually bought a System 36 back in the day, with promises of a deal for MAPICS. Hah! Didn't happen the way they promised.

I am about to go on a rampage to get as many PWS owners as possible to MOVE!

Another startup like WU could be done. It would be far easier if WU goes away. I'm ready to invest in that startup.
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Hi, Kent!

I don't think anyone here envisions there being a time limit on how long PWS owner/uploaders will have access.  They are going to be switching over to a new API, and that new API we hope will have its own healthy lifespan.  

A lot of PWS owners have no need for an API for their connections.  So not all PWS owners are even affected by the change.

Wishing you well,

Victoria Gardner
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Hello !! Ihave sew today taht the api response with a 503 error, so i have visit the website and i saw that the service is ended !!!
As a personnal user (100 calls / day max) , what is the way to have access to the "new" api explained in this post ?

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Hi, Vincent!

The current API will be ending soon, yes.

I'm not sure if you have a personal weather station or not.  PWS owners who upload their data to Weather Underground will continue to have access to the current API until we transition over to the new one.

If you just use the API, then the answer is less clear.  I am waiting for more information so that I may provide a clear response.  But if those 100 calls/day are critical for you, you may want to start investigating other platforms.

Victoria Gardner
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Unfortunatelly IBM is not known to be different in social skill than the guys from WU were. I canceled my subscripion today. May IBM become happy with the rest of WU to feed  Deep Thunder. I never had such bad experiences with a business partner I had with the WU guys. And the IBM staff wasn't different in the last months. I wrote emails to so many responsibles from IBW/Watson/Weather Channel but nobody cared about me losing my whole project due to suddenly occuring and for long time not fixed API bugs. Just one guy who appologized for the behaviour of all involved persons. Victoria, what I could read hear in your comments, I am convinced that you are working for IBM since a longer time.

Good bye and best regards
Marc
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Good luck, Marc, I wish you well!

Victoria Gardner
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Victoria, I have been uploading data to WU for years and I have a few API keys associated with my account. I pull data onto self built internet of things type devices (Wifi device with a small screen). In addition I pull my data to display along side my solar panel output (Enphase as well as PVOutput) as well. Will we be restricted to a single API key or any existing keys we have as a provider of upload data?

I ask this because I do not control the read rate for the Enphase and PVOutput uses. It uses the API key to track the temperature out at the solar array. The other devices I have coded to grab data at various intervals typically well within the free use restrictions set up previously.

I have not read the other two pages of response so you may have covered this already. If not please respond. Thanks.

BTW - My Upload station ID is KTXAUSTI234.  If you can figure out why my station is not reporting on the MapBox map that  would be cool. The Wondermap is fine. Odd???
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Hi, JN!  This thread is getting very long, isn't it?

I'm going to start with your PWS station.  What do you mean by "not reporting on the map"?  Do you mean the map that shows wind/temp readings, to the left of the temperature on the PWS dashboard?  

Yes, at this point the plan is to have one API key available per person.  I looked through the data usage for all your keys, and you are well under the data limits we're considering for the new API.  Is there use beyond your current keys that I should look at or consider?  If so, please email me directly.

Victoria Gardner
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Thanks for the response.

When I go here: https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KTXAUSTI234

I don't see the little icon for the wind and temp. If another station is selected mine disappears and is not visible. If I select Wondermap then it shows up. Odd and I noted it started to do this about a month ago.

As for the API's... it will be slightly painful for me to consolidate to a single API key but it can be done. I used separate API keys to keep track of the individual devices that pulled data. If I now consolidate it will be more difficult to find out if any single device is acting up.

As an electrical engineer/hobbyist I created a number of small weather station devices. I have about four of those spread from office to home and garage. I also have an irrigation controller (OpenSprinkler) that uses API data to change irrigation ON times. For good or bad I took out new API keys for each one. Luckily I enabled a web interface to configure all of the devices so I just need to reboot the devices in config mode and via my phone I can setup the API key as well as what SSID to connect to. Lastly I have a large solar array in my backyard that I report local weather via yet another API key to both PVOutput as well as my Solar Inverter supplier Enphase Energy. Both of those web interfaces provide a graphical means of observing my production live via the net. So you can see I have quite a need to maintain the API keys if possible. If a single key is the ONLY supported solution then I can modify the devices as time permits. 





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For your station, only stations that pass quality control appear on the map, I believe.  See https://feedback.weather.com/customer/portal/articles/2924652-are-personal-weather-stations-on-wunde...

I can see why you would want to maintain multiple API keys.  I have passed this on to those who are making the final decisions on the new API.  Thank you for taking the time to explain it!

--Victoria
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When will PWS owners that currently don't have a key be able to obtain a key????
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If you like, email me with your PWS ID.  I have a short list of people who are anxiously awaiting a key, and I can email you when more information becomes available.  

Victoria Gardner
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"...when more information becomes available..." what a frigging joke. End of service 12/31 and 20 days prior to that, no information is available? ... and people still believe that something in regards to granting them access will happen? L O L.... It is just great to see how IBM behaves - never again a single Dollar supporting them.

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Terry, I think IBM is more worried about companies like ClimaCell than individual PWS owners.   And I don't mean that in a negative way;   the Acu-rite deal for IBM really ensures they'll keep a lot of data for basically nothing from all those $100 weather stations being sold this Christmas.

People with the high-end station who want to use an API are a niche within a niche, and any large company has to prioritize their spend.
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Tom, I've said again and again that PWS owner/uploaders will have access to the new API.  I've offered to help ensure PWS owners are not cut off.  I'm not sure what more I can do.

Terry, I wish you well.

Victoria Gardner
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Victoria - I think another email blast to API users would help.  I'm a user AND a PWS uploader, but I didn't know that my API access would continue to work past the deadline.  I've passed that info on to a few other users in Reddit who also upload and weren't aware of it.   I appreciate your efforts but I think a clarification would help greatly.  Up until a few minutes ago, I thought I was losing access on 12/31 and then waiting on a new solution/API to arrive.  Finding out otherwise was a great relief.

I'll do my best to spread the news, but it's always better coming from an official at the organization rather than second hand.
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I thought that sometime later in 2019, PWS owners will no longer have access to the API as well? So basically all softwares collecting data from WU will have to be rewritten.