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.
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!
"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.
Hope this helps
Head on over and add your Signature to the petition, if we get enough signatures this just might work!
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.
And this is improving service?
Somehow I think you have hung yourself
when we start to pull our data from your service your forcasts will be affected.
And Since I am in the EU I wish under GDPR law to have ALL my data you have on my website archived and sent to me. Then I request you DELETE everything associated with my account on WU.
Once you get a few thousand PWS sites doing this your name will be mud.
Well played WU, you really know how to piss people off.
I have been having some very good email conversations with the people over at Aeries Weather / PWS. Firstly I must stress I am in no way affiliated with them, I am just a disgruntled WU API user.
I explained the situation we are seeing here and basically asked if there was any free API service they could offer us in return for us sending data to PWS. They are already working on linking PWS accounts to Aeries Weather Here are a few interesting quotes from our correspondence.
a limited API for non-commercials parties, our team is working on a plan to
support those who share PWS data with us. Linkages of PWS/Aeris accounts will
allow us to gain a better understanding of who is sending us PWS data and the
quality of it. It would be similar to WU’s offering at 10-15 calls/minute with
500-750 max calls/day. We are still working on detail specifics (like if AMP
data will be included or not) and I’ll be sure to keep you up to date with
(AMP data that they mentioned is mapping, so radar, satellite etc.) but this is available in the developer kit.
the mean time, feel free to sign up for a developer account. This will last
2-months, but as of now, you’re allowed to renew this Developer subscription
for continued usage."
"I spoke with the AerisWeather management team and we recognize and understand renewing every two months when individuals are contributing data is annoying. We are fine with you sharing information regarding AerisWeather working on a plan to remove the friction that exists today. It will be a few months of planning and development though, so we can’t promise an exact time just yet."The Aeris 2-month developer subscription is to be used for internal testing and development purposes and provides 750 API calls per day with a max of 15 calls per minute.
I have already signed up and am working on changing my calls.
They have said they will keep in touch and let me know how development is going so once I get any further information I will let it be known here .
In my case I Just want to get MY own data from WU to integrate in with homebridge/HomeKit on my pi. Was all set up and was working on the last step to get the key and well.....
I have an Ambient Weather device. It looks like I can pull my data from their server I’ll just need to figure out what I need to do to write my own NPM. The api is free just need a key from them. My data is already pushed there.
From a business perspective, the plugin developers will not be able to pay subscription for similar services, this is all open source and they do not earn money with this software / plugin. However there are thousands of users of this plugins who might be willing to pay a small fee per user to obtain a personal "user" API key. this might be as modest as 5-10 dollars per user per year however the numbers will add up... Too high fees will make the the community to switch to other services (global or local), however a modest price will be attractive to a sufficient number of users. These end-user api licenses could be restricted to reflect the needs of enduser and to account for a low load on servers, e.g. 6 calls per hour...
Overall I think this could be a win-win situation - Weather underground getting new sources of income while user of such open-source software can continue to use this service...
I hope the business department pick this up...
Happy to connect for example to the Squeezebox community if required.