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.
Asking because I'm currently looking at purchasing a station from Ambient Weather.
"The hope was that the data download from the site, would be a sufficient replacement."
You thought that after months and years of users writing java script web sites using an API and taking that ability away and giving them the ability to download data from a web page would sufficient.
You're either a liar or stupid.
I haven't decided which.
I deliver PWS data, and also advertised others to buy an own PWS, deliver data to WU and therefore collect forecasts back from WU ("give-and-take"). Changing your business model to "take-and-take" will change our mood to "don't give-don't take".
I hope that if this comes to pass, all PWS owners move in this direction. There are alternatives available to us (Meteotemplate, WeeWX, etc) to run a weather site, as well as other aggregators to use APIs against.
I guess IBM wants to kill off this business unit - its hard to sell data when your data providers stop providing it for free
I could see a model where you can access your data via the API "X" times a day free and pay for other data, but this is a suicidal business model
I wonder if the "Right to be Forgotten" in the GDPR would include the deletion of ALL data that my account has uploaded ... time to talk to my GDPR folks at work
"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.
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.