Weather Underground API Changes

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Weather Underground as part of The Weather Company, an IBM business, now offers a series of Data Packages that tap into the breadth and depth of weather data to provide current and forecast conditions, seasonal and sub-seasonal forecasts, lifestyle indices, severe weather and historical weather data. With The Weather Company, you can take advantage of these packages quickly and easily, accessing weather data APIs via the Cloud. The packages are curated to give you only what you need in the format you need it. You can Incorporate weather data into your applications or  combine business data with weather data such as alerts and notifications, forecast data, and weather imagery, then apply advanced analytics to build the foundation for informed enterprise decision-making. Learn more 

To improve our services and enhance the relationship with our users, we will no longer  provide free weather API keys as part of our program.  If you have been directed to download our Weather Underground free API key by a third party provider, please contact your vendor for resolution.
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Hi
I normally have people who have received the api weather key
me personally yes I have a key of API weather
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Kevin Key

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Wow. IBM sure knows how to alienate their customers. Not only do I send my station data to Weather Underground, but I'm also a paying member for their ad-free service. As of sometime this morning, my access to the website  was revoked without any warning or explanation. This is no way to run a business!
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Kevin, "access was revoked" -- I am guessing that you're referring to the "premium" web service not letting you log in, showing ads, something like that?  Because it has nothing at all to do with you personally.  I was experiencing the same thing on my home computer this morning.  I haven't had a chance to go over to the web site of things to see if it has been reported/fixed yet.  But rest assured it's just a normal bug, and not related to anything else.  

Victoria Gardner
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Ralph Williams

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I'm the one that paid for the weather equipment to make it work so I could use it with my smart home and alexa that's it I was willing to buy the part and let WU use it for getting the api just for me to find out I spent the money for nothing. U stopped giving the api 1 week after I got it setup. Now u want me to pay 850.00 to ask alexa what's my weather while u use it for free. Are u crazy. Seems like most people here feel the same. What would u do if everyone just stop and only giving u a week notice. Luckily Acurite made the own app to do what I needed.
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Ralph, I don't understand.

If you are a PWS owner who uploader their data to WU, then you will be able to A) continue to use the current API past December 31, while we continue building the new API, and B) use the new API when it is ready.

Are you saying that you just missed getting the key for the old API?  Email me directly if you really want to program everything twice.  The new API will not have identical calls, and the reason we stopped giving new keys was because we did not want people having to write code for the old API and then just do it again for the new API.  If you want to do that, let me know.

So far as I know, no one has suggested that any PWS owner pay $850 (to IBM?) for data.  I don't know where that's coming from, but it's not correct.  

It sounds like you're happy with your current set-up, but if not, my email is below.

Victoria Gardner
victoria.gardner@ibm.com
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Scott Grayban

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All my stations have stopped sharing data to WU/TWC/IBM as of today. I also removed WU all Android apps.
I sincerely hope others here will follow and get others to stop their sharing.

Good luck and bye bye asshat IBM

Long Live weeWX

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Checking -- this was NOT planned.

--Victoria
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Everything is working.  Anyone who has something not working should NOT assume that it's because the API is not working.  Because it is.

--Victoria
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skolia

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Well we assumed it wasn't working because we all got a notice that it was shutting down on 12/31/2018.   So is it or not?    I've already moved on to Aeris Weather because IBM can't seem to figure out what to do or how to organize a smooth transition.     The communication with Wunderground users (and PWS operators) has been nothing short of appalling.
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You're going to like Aeris. Their support is world class if you even need it.
I also moved to them because of horrible support from WU.
Have fun.
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I have already worked with their support as I've had to re-write my scripts (and rethink some things with data handling). 

 The only big disappointment is the lack of Normal/Record temperatures but I realized I have 3 years of Wunderground's "almanac" API already in my database so I just made my own almanac table and I can figure the records out by checking the airport temps.
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IBM nothing but pure greed.......
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Andy Rowson

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Hi Victoria,
There appears to be one hell of a lot confusion over the Wunderground API services and what is available, what, if anything is going to stop working, what will no longer be free etc. etc.

Please can you provide some clarification. I think what we need to know (or I do personally) is the following.

For those API users who
1) Upload data from their PWS on a regular basis to Wunderground
2) Had access to the free API prior to any announcement that it may stop
3) Who do so purely for non-profit purposes, like myself, who use it on a purely personal interest basis, as information for my weather website

Will they still have free access to the Wunderground API so they may continue to download data as they have done before?

If not, will there be any API services available in return for providing Wunderground with free data and images from our PWS's?

Many Thanks
Andy

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James Anding

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Nice,  Good Job, I did notice an error you might want to look into.

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John Wade

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Your weather page looks really amazing.......yes I wrote a weather module for the MagicMirror2 project but had to change api providers because this is a NON profit project and people build their own mirrors but I mean come on not having a free service to get data that's given to you is just pure greed......so all WU modules have been ported over to other providers who offer free keys  like Darksky...which is a really good provider.
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Andy, great page!  Your site provides a huge amount of information, and is well managed. 
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Thank You. Took a year or so to get it to work the way I needed it. I learnined alot about the use of different API's. A lot have mentioned here about Aeris Weather that I am looking at and also pwserather.com which I also feed. I have been in a tail spin trying to stay ahead of WU's changes.
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Well you did a great job and trust me the module I wrote kept on my toes..... having to switch all the data to another provider..  This is just sad.
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Mike Brewer

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I wonder when IBM will realise that shutting down the WU API (rather than just giving it a facelift) was a bad decision. Probably "too late". I said months ago that this will drive PWS owners away, and it's happening. Even if some puny bare-bones API is provided solely for PWS owners, it still doesn't project a feeling of being a weather community, does it? More of a smoky private gentlemen's club, with only tap water available at the bar.
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I think it's already too late.

I think this PWS owner API is a last minute "uh oh" reaction.   

IBM wants to target large commercial use of weather data (although there's already a well established one mostly catering to the agricultural industry so I don't think they're going to have an easy time), and while disappointing that's their decision to make -- but weather data is greatly enhanced by PWS owners and as they saw data vanishing someone went "oh no, we need to give them free API access" but instead of using what they already have their making a new one, still intending to leave hobbyists that use weather data high and dry.   So I think IBM has made a large tactical error which they will, ultimately, pay for (and absorb - probably selling wunderground to AccuWeather or something).

My own use case for weather data is very minor and specific and while I'm a bit annoyed that now I have to pay for API usage over at Aeris I've re-written my application.   So even if IBM said "we've changed our minds, we're keeping the free API up for PWS owners and hobbyists", it's too late and I'm probably not the only one with that view.    

(BTW, Aeris is in the process of re-writing their PWS site.)

So congrats, IBM, you killed wunderground.





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People who do things for other people for free and use very little data and you drive them away.....not a smart choice but then if you look at IBM as a company they've made a TON of bad decisions in the last 20 years or so.....that is why they are no longer a household name.
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Already too late for me. I have two webcams which have been used by WU for many, many years. The webcam images are badged with weather data that I obtain via the WU API. I also gave credit to WU on the web pages. 

Now I get my weather data, for free, from OpenWeatherMap. So, they are the ones who now get the credit for providing the data. Thank you OpenWeatherMap.

http://www.mgnewman.com/chaamkam.html
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From Windy.com, 21 January 2019: https://community.windy.com/topic/7551/would-you-like-to-report-your-weather-station-data-to-windy/1
@ivo said:
Would you like to report your weather station data to Windy?
Are you owner of personal weather station? Are you maintainer of network of weather stations?
We plan to create API endpoints so you could send your weather station data to us. Please help us to do this project by answering following questions:
1) What type of weather station you have
2) Do you report your data to some other Internet website?
3) How technically do you send your reports to this other website. Which software or protocol do you use.
4) Do you have any tips and ideas, how should our reporting API look like?
5) Would you be willing to offer your station data to anyone else (not only windy.com) as open data?
Please provide some feedback over on their forum using the above link.
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What API are you referring to?  So far as I was aware, if you're not a PWS owner then there *is* no ongoing API... basically it's a private members club consisting of PWS owners only (until they all leave).  So what API are you now pulling data from?
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Wow. Maybe it's still a little too early in the morning for me. Her posts say "the API for the PWS users will be completely free of charge" and somehow until your reply I was interpreting that as "...API for WU users...".

OK, shoot. NP. I'll switch to another service. Sorry. Looks like DarkSky is the popular one everyone is migrating to?
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Richard, let's make sure we're on the same page.

The API for Weather Underground PWS uploaders isn't quite open yet, but Mike is correct that it is limited at this time to PWS uploaders.  So if you're only drawing data, he is correct, there is no longer a free option for that unless you're uploading from a PWS.

If you ARE uploading from a PWS, please email me directly, and I can spare you all the posts and email updates to you directly.

Victoria Gardner
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I am not an uploader and my use case is so insignificant that it's not important enough to me to pay for. Thanks for getting back to me and while I enjoyed using the service while I could, I will be moving on. I've been very satisfied with what WU has provided me over time and hope that my next option will offer that same satisfaction.
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Okay, all the best, Richard!

--Victoria
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William J Schmidt:  do you have a netAQUA?  Have you figured away to recode so that it can use AerisWeather?  Thank you!