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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Tim Roche, Official Rep

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Ralph Williams

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I just got a email from them stating if I don't agree with the new rules they go into effect on may 25 th so if I don't want to agree cancel before then. That's just to bad Co don't care about people that help them get big like now. They got what they wanted. Even Alexa didn't know u can't get the API key anymore that makes there app work.
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James Anding

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Yes, Got the same email.
I terminated my Weather Station with them and stopped my feed that uploads data.
They truly don't care and I'm not willing to continue to give them my data. They're using and selling our data to make money and they're screwing the people giving them the data.
Anyone see something wrong with that ?
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John Wade

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Oh I'm pretty sure they don't want to tangle with Amazon.....they'll lose.
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Matt Graham

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Hate doing this but I was thinking getting in touch with the public face of WUTV would help perhaps.
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Kevin Key

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Wow! Seriously? First, I will acknowledge that businesses need to make money, but it is the PWS owners like myself that are providing the data that generates income for Weather Underground. The right thing to do is to give a break to those of us that are PWS owners that are providing our data to your business free of charge! 
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Zaphod Beeble

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Exactly - all PWS owners should be leaving WU and go to another service that is Open, or that provides an API at a reasonable price.  @IBM/WS - good luck selling hyper-local weather when all of the PWSs leave and you have one site per city.
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John Wade

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A break?  You should be getting your data for FREE..... but no matter people like myself who are developers will just go to one of the other free API's.....not that difficult.
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John Wade

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Don't really care I'm writing a weather app for MagicMirror that users can select one of 7 providers....well 6 now I just jettisoned WU..... garbage and greed.....gotta love it.
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Mike Hill

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Well, bloody great WUnderground!
I, along with many others have provided data at cost to me / us for many many years and now you're telling us you're just gonna bend us over and F&C* us up the arse?

Wow, what a completely shit thing to do, when after all, all we were doing was helping to make WUnderground the amazing place it used to be.

Are you just really trying to kill off your business model?

Well i do not wish you well in the future actually i hope you rot in hell!

I also will be removing my PWS when the API Key ceases working!
Thanks for nothing!
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Brian Hamilton

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Hi
if you are already on a paid api plan, what happens now?
Thanks
Brian Hamilton
(your first ever WU PWS data contributor, October 2000)
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Andy Kerekes

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Not sure. Mine stopped working on 5-25-2018, not sure what time because my account was wiped and no longer have access to it.
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Andy Kerekes

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"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."? What kind of idiotic statement is that. I had to laugh as it felt like an insult to my intelligence. See ya WU. You won't miss me and I won't you. Am spreading the word where I can.

Andy

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James Mowal

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www.aerisweather.com Switched over to AerisWeather. Their weather API and tile mapping overlays/graphics are far superior compared to WU or Darksky. Highly recommend :) 
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Serge Skorodinsky

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are there any time limitation for free account? They said about two months only...
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ColonieWeather

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I switched over to them too! I think dev subscription is 750 calls/mo for two months (that's just for weather API...  current conditions, alerts, etc.).  You get a bit more calls for the maps.   I ended up going with the $25/mo for 5,000 weather API calls and 2,500 map calls.  Monthly fee may be a bit much, but I think well worth it over this no-longer-free WU API....  and their support actually cares and responds!  What a concept!  
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Tom K

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Hi. I just bought a new PWS and was upset that WU isn't usable any more. I reconfigured my PWS to send the data to th IP of my local Raspberry. There runs a python simplehttp script wich takes the PWS data from the get request and writes it to a file.
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James Anding

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If you want, you can send your weather data here:
http://www.pwsweather.com/

At least that way it will be saving it and you can access it when you want to.
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Pierre Lannoy

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You can OWN your data too (without going through company who will eventually want to monetize) with a free WordPress plugin : https://weather.station.software/fr/
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guy

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Weatherstation looks interesting.  I just wish they would post some links to live weather stations to see it in action as a finished site.
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Roger Grant

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Weatherstation require an api key.
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Pierre Lannoy

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For WU usage. But @Tom was asking for a way to catch, store and display its data... That's the goal of Weather Station ;) And that's have nothing to do with WU.
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Robert Gabrielson

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Well add me to the list of people that once you shut me out of the API for my own station, Ill be pulling the station down.  Completely insane that those who have born the expense of buying a station and providing you with the data for years for you to sell cant access their own information.  Surely hope you will reconsider as I'm sure the exodus will kill the business. 

Hope this helps

Robert
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Mike Hill

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We could try a petition to get these guys to notice. There's one Here:
 https://www.change.org/p/ibm-wunderground-about-to-shaft-longtime-weather-station-data-providers?recruiter=39077983&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

Head on over and add your Signature to the petition, if we get enough signatures this just might work!
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It seems I can't sign this petition because I'm not a 'station member'.

I think the petition could be improved by changing the wording to include everyone and to spell out that station members were providing that data with the expectation that other non-commercial use would always be allowed.

I also think it could improved by better spelling out the demand: Free non-commercial api access.
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Andy Kerekes

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I'll agree with you on that.
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Claude Felizardo

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Noticed I was no longer able to check the stats on my key.  I might not bother repairing my PWS the next time an instrument fails.  I did sign the petition.  Will have to check what display devices are now failing at home.
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Andy Rowson

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Well, as a PWS "uploader" I am disgusted by this announcement. For those of us who use the API for purely amateur, personal enjoyment as opposed to commercial gain this in my opiion is down to pure greed and out of order. Like many have said, this site was built on the "generosity" of us all uploading our data, webcam views etc, all for free. If they cut disconnect my free API then I will follow suit and stop sending data. How long will it take before the general public who view the site for weather information realise it is not as good as it used to be as nobody is uploading data. That would surely sink the business. If its $850 / month for a basic API just so I can download a few radar images and a daily 10-day forecast then forget it.
To make a stand I suggest that we all stop uploading our data for 7 days (start on 1st July) as a protest and see if that has any inflluence on the decision.
I only found out about them withdrawing the free API as I came to look at my analytics which exceeded the daily limit and used up one of my raindrops. The cause - I ran a small script that says if the data you get from the forecast API is small in size because its crap, run it again until you get some decent data and it made 10 calls before it actually got a decent return.
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I would agree that if you got enough people to stop sending data, it may get their attention.  However, it would take a very large amount of PWS owners to do that.  Also, new PWS owners will continue to sign up probably just as fast to cover the loss, not knowing  the current  status of WU's business practices, and treatment of it's providers. 
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Claude Felizardo

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I too would look at my stats after my 4 pm status email and noticed I could no longer log in starting yesterday.  I have two DIY devices that used my key, no commercial usage at all.  Will have to check to see if they are still functioning.  I'm setting a reminder to consider turning off my feed July 1st.
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John Wade

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Well I don't own a PWS but if I were you guys.....I'd pull the plug  I was JUSt looking at PWS's when this came out.....so no.
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James Anding

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I should let you know there is a reliable, professional weather service with great API's that you can use instead of the sorry service at WU. And you can upload from your PWS to their service at www.pwsweather.com . Everyone should check out Aeris Weather   https://www.aerisweather.com/support/docs/api/reference/endpoints/ 

Do yourself a favor and change, it's not going to get any better here.