NEW API - Some notes and comments

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First of all Victoria, despite me sending you all my information I never received an email telling me that the keys were available.  Fortunately someone forwarded me a copy and I was able to get a new key.  You might want to blast that list another time or two and if you have not already post a big loud notice on the forum.
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That said, I have been rewriting my code and now have most of it working.  I see some things that are improvements and make rendering results in html easier.  It does all appear to be working as documented and that is good.

I can live with most of the data that has been removed from the new API relative to the old one but the Conditions part of the API is missing three key things that need to be added.

1. Weather Alerts.  One way I used the old API was for alerts and warnings.  Give it back!
2. Barometer trend.  This is an important piece of weather observation data.  It needs a place in the conditions.  Something like rising, falling, and steady would be better than nothing.
3. Weather text.  The one to three word text like "Rain and Cloudy" or "Thunderstorms" that was in the old API is very useful for many purposes.
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It would also be nice to have the State codes returned with the location services.  I can see the city but not the state.  For my own station that is fine but when accessing others and trying to format html output having that in the "near" results would be nice.
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Anyhow that's my two cents worth for today.  The new API works for most of what I use it for but it needs the essentials mentioned above added to it.
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Sorry you didn't receive it.  I can assure you I sent out the emails.  The only email addresses I removed were ones for which I no longer had an uploading PWS on record.  

For anyone else still looking for them, the instructions for PWS uploaders to get a new API key is here, in the first response to this post:  https://apicommunity.wunderground.com/weatherapi/topics/end-of-feb-wu-api-update

Please keep in mind that this API is a tiny part of a much larger API.  I do not anticipate a lot of changes in it, especially over the short term.  This API is never going to be like the old API.  Alerts are not likely to be a part of it.  There are some "icon" related items in the Forecast section that may be useful.  

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The three things I mentioned should be part of even a basic API.  Show us a little love Victoria, we all still have the feeling we are being shown the door.  Tell the powers that be to add back the basics.
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The new API is never going to be just like the old API.  I can (and do) pass along these things, but I have no interest in pretending changes are more likely to occur than they are.  I don't believe that's actually a service to customers.  

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Thanks, just please pass it along.  I know business is business and IBM wants to sell the big API to the big boys.  Just tell them to throw three more crumbs out to us dredges who upload the ingredients for the bread.