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Does anyone have a website they can point me to where they link to their weather station? Looking to put our volunteer fire brigade's weather station online for our local community and just want to see how other groups do it. 
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Hi Victoria, I have a simple question that I hope that you can help me with.... I live in a remote area of the California coast in a sort of micro climate and I have a PWS (Davis vantage pro) and I also have some Rain Machine sprinkler/watering controllers that are linked to my personal weather station via a API... It is extremely useful for me to help deliver the proper amnount of water... (I also use the sprinklers as fire protection) In short will I be able to link the rain machine to the PWS and to WeatherUnderground for free after December 31st?  Thanks... Josh
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Hi, Josh!  I hope you're safely away from fire zones! 

That sounds like a good set-up.  Short of deciding for you the best way to set up and configure your electronics, I think the answer is yes.

First, as I have said elsewhere, we are assuring PWS owners that they will have uninterrupted access to their data.  We're not sitting here at midnight in some arbitrary time zone on the 31st of December and flicking a switch.  You will be able to get that data from your PWS, period.

Next, how exactly the hand-shaking goes between your PWS and your sprinkler is another matter.  (I kinda feel like I'm back in the old days, talking about setting up TVs and VCRs.)  If it were me, I'd have a computer in the middle, sucking up data from the PWS and sending it out to the sprinkler.  But everyone is different.  I don't really want to get into a lot of details about how to do it, because this forum is supposed to be for the API.  

With that sort of set-up, where you're sucking up and using your own data, there is no anticipated cost to the PWS owner.  I don't think you'll need an API key -- I don't think you need one to do it now.  (But of course, individual configurations will vary.)  

Does that help?

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Thanks Victoria... We are ok re the fires...Thanks for asking...   Your answer kinda helps... I am not that computer literate but how I think I have it set up currently is that i able to control my sprinkler controlwrs wirelessly via wifi... (for fire protextion etc) But I think sprinkler conrolers use the WU forecasting to anticapate how much water I will be needing... will I still be able to have my rain machine sprinkler controlers recive data from the WU?
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Ah, so you're not hooked into your PWS, but the WU API for the data for your sprinkler?  So you upload data to WU from the PWS, and then download it somewhere else?  If you're doing it wirelessly, don't you have a local area network (LAN) you could feed the data around to?

I guess I don't understand why you can't feed data to the Rain Machine sprinkler from a local source (a local computer) rather than WU's API.  It might be fabulous that it has worked that way, but there must be other ways it can work, no?
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For right now, yes, you will continue to have things work.  Once the conversion to the new API is ready, however, you'll need to make some adjustments. 

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Thanks Victoria... I appreciate your help... I guess I need to speak with the Rain Machine people... they have the option of connecting to other weather forecasting services... NOAA etc... but my main problem is that I live in so far from any other weather reporting stations and I am in a "micro climate" so the forecast that I can get from them is not even close to being acurate for my place.. Weather Underground and my PWS is by far the most acurate...the temperature of the NOAA forecast is sometimes 15 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit off what the actual temp is at my place... my rain machines are not hard wired.. they link to the weather underground wirelessly... and even if link them to a PWS via a local computer at my place I don't think that I will have the forecasting abality that the weather underground provides me with?  if i am reading correctly that after Jan 1 i won't be able to receive data from WU to my Rain machines via the API? is that correct? what do you think i should do?   Thanks again for your help and i appreciate your time... Josh
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Hi, Josh!

For right now, you can do nothing.  Email me with your PWS station ID and your API key, and I will make sure your key is protected when we shut down the rest of the (non-PWS-related) keys after December 31.  That also gets you on my list of people to email with updates as new information develops.

We will have a new API that you will be able to use to get the data from your PWS to your irrigation system.  The big question mark that I can't answer in a generic way is exactly how your irrigation system works with the API.  The code that calls the API will need to change once we have finished the transition; we will have more exact details about that when it's ready.  

You will continue to have access to short-term forecasts, so if that is a pressing concern, I can at least reassure you about that.

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Victoria Gardner

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