What happened to all the BEST features of Wundermap????

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Remember the days when you clicked radar and could see the storm tracks and echo top?
Remember the days Wundermap just worked as expected :)  Do we have any plans to bring back the storm track feature?  This was the best way to see predicted direction and size of storms as well the hail size and percentage.  Please bring this back!
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Ben D

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Alexander Riggs

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It was always my go to during a storm.. Now it's nothing. What happened? It looks like a change was made that broke it 6 months ago and they never fixed it!
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Agreed! Storm tracks was a GREAT feature of Wundermap. What happened to it and can it be restored ASAP?
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Ben D

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I see they broke Wundermap even further now.  Used to be able to double-click on the 'colored severe' areas on the map and it would indicate the type of weather and details of the watch or warning.. now it just zooms in.  Have tried this with Chrome, IE, and Firefox all the same.

Is there a bug section or did the person manage this sadly pass away?
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Its interesting that you can see the storm tracks in the WU Mobile App called "Storm" but it doesn't seem to exist on Wundermap any longer...  what happened? 
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Ben D

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Yes the infamous 'Storm Tracks' feature we enjoyed is still broken on Wundermap.   The 'Storm Reports' & 'Tornado'-> All Storms seems to have gone away too.

Due to the failure I was unable to escape yesterdays tornado and am writing this on my new JesusBook Pro Wingtop from behind the Pearly Gates ;)
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You may know that Wunderground was purchased by weather.com which is the Weather Channel. Their website is so full of obtrusive ads and sensationalistic BS it's a wonder anyone visiting can actually find real weather happening. Wunderground was broken on purpose to drive viewers to interfaces where we can face more ads, and better their viewership revenue.
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I wouldn't even mind IF they had the same features on weather.com, even with ads which they don't.  The  NEXRAD radar that showed the height of the thunderstorms, hail size, tornadoes, direction of storm cells, whether they were mesocyclones, etc. was the absolute best.  Why would they simply kill the feature that made their product unique and stand out without replacing it?  It makes no sense!   GRRRRRR..
May as well just go to my local TV station's weather online if weather.com doesn't care about the quality of their product.  I can get the same generic information locally and keep my business local if I can no longer get the features on wunderground that made their NEXRAD radar info my go-to weather.
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Tom Frasier

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Now they are taking the webcams off.  I wonder if Weather Channel is forcing all of this on them
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Ben D

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Tom, at this rate, might it be long before they remove this chat forum?  It's unfortunate that I recently downloaded the wunderground app for Android.  I noticed a couple bugs and reported them respectfully, yet no response.  Whoevers court this ball is in is pretty piss poor.

It's hard to let wunderground just die.. as it's a go to for many.  Again, if others have a better app or weblink for what we're looking for as a replacement please post.
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Now they are replacing the Storm app with "Storm Radar."  I loved Storm and used it every day.  The Storm Radar app is so full of BS that I deleted it after only two days.  It's sad that greedy bastards have to ruin everything they touch.
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Am not familiar with a wunderground "storm" app.. is this a wunderground app? maybe were talking about two different things.
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Ben D

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Is there a phone number or contact of anyone who can help fix it?  Without this I can only complain on here.
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Brad Blase

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This link to WunderMap seems to have most of the features that were "lost" in the newer mainstream version:  

http://www.wunderground.com/auto/preview/wundermap/

At least you can get storm tracks and a few other features. 
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Storm Tracks are not there.
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I really miss the fire tracking features of Wundermap. The smoke maps were also very useful. Bring it back, please.
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Ben D

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BeenWunderin what else y'all use other than Wunderground. Any you like better?
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Brian Moore

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IBM owns both wunderground and weather.com. Don't plan on it getting fixed any time soon. IBM does not have the skillset to keep it running correctly.
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This place can't go a week without multiple problems. Takes forever to get fixed, if it get fixed at all.
Support is almost non existent.

Take a look here:
https://www.aerisweather.com/support/docs/api/
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Tom Frasier

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It looks like WU is slowly disappearing.  
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Brad Blase

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Here are some solutions:7 ways to get your weather webcam back online:

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/weathermatrix/weather-underground-kills-webcam-upload-s...
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Now on top of everything else, my Favorite Cities isn't working right.  It keeps reverting to generic big cities like San Francisco, New York etc.  I have to keep re-setting them.  Not only that, but I was using as my location for my weather reports and airport that is 1 mile from me (KBAF station).  Now that seems to have disappeared and it defaults to a station that is missing most of the weather data.  I have to go in  and change to another weather station now practically every time I go to Wunderground.  :-(    They really messed up a good thing when they started ruining what used to be the best weather website there was.
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Seems no one likes their new format.  If it ain't broken why try to fix it.  In my eyes their previous format was great and user friendly. 
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Indeed.  Weather Underground (WU), which was considered the best weather site on the internet, seems to be an afterthought for well over a year now.  Perhaps due partly to the The Weather Channel (TWC) buy-out.

We contacted IT customer service several times early last year during the course of several months.  They responded by saying the storm tracks would return shortly, and that they were now on the mobile app, ...we couldn't find them on the mobile app.

The website continues loose functionality, much slower than before.  Every evening they appear to turn off some function until the next day.  It appears the new format is geared toward mobile use now, and not very good at it.  Like Tom mentioned, know one likes the new format, especially PC and laptop users, and it's falling on deaf ears.  I would bet they spent a considerable amount of funds changing the format, most likely attempting to be useful to both mobile "and" PC users.  Would venture to guess that endeavor has been a bit of a failure so far.

As far as being inundated with advertisements, the paid service did not have adds, and was very reasonably priced, ...less than a dollar per month with a lifetime membership available.  Also fairly easy to find a suitable ad-blocker if necessary, ...and from what I've been told, it was much needed, as the load times were way too slow, due to the overabundance of adds.

We were a paid corporate user since near the beginning, until late last year.  Our half billion dollar global aircraft management company and flight department relied on WU.  Having multiple 65" TV screens in our board rooms and flight planning rooms.  WU was always on, or the first thing up when we booted the system.  This was not unique to us, a lot of corporate users used WU.  Many very large companies we met with use to comment just how nice the WU website looked, most also became paid WU customers.

All of us enjoyed being a part of WU evolving into what it was.  Their service had incredibly well presented and useful info., especially the NEXRAD page with Doppler Radar Detected Storms, storm cell identifiers, and a grid to depict the status of the storms.  Now at the bottom of the NEXRAD page it states "There are no Doppler radar detected storms for (any area) at this time."  A very dangerous proposition if some one, or a group, were to believe this false info., as people could potentially be inadvertently put in harms way, if in the path of inclement weather.  TWC should care about this, if they really care about how weather affects people.  Certainly the advertisement revenue should be second to helping protect people and property.

After speaking with a few Emergency Weather Management Units around the country, all were in agreement, the WU NEXRAD page with storm tracking, labeling, and info. grid, was the most useful item for safely dealing with alerting people to impending bad weather.

At this time, we will attempt to contact what is left of Weather Underground, and its creators, to see if anything can be done to fix the website.  Will post an update when available.
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Pepperjet, let's hope upper management at WU and The Weather Channel are listening to the majority and will revert back to the prior format. 
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Thank you for your efforts in getting weather underground to listen to revert back to the best weather app that I have ever seen. After reading a few of the posts here I see that I am not the only one who thinks like this also. Once again thank you.
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Thank you for putting forth this effort. I was a paid member for years and am livid because of the cancellation of WU Storm. The Storm app was my 1st step in flight planning, even before beginning my flight planning in ForeFlight Mobile. I even trained my wife on using the various features of the app to keep herself and our kids safe from severe weather when I’m not home. Killing this app seems greedy and unnecessary and exactly the opposite of what the market is demanding. Because of it I am canceling my Weather Channel cable subscription. I think a weather company that irresponsibly kills a critical weather tool that many use professionally, and that favors ads over service deserves to go out of business. I’ll take my business elsewhere. Lastly, I hope the geniuses at WU are able to see and opportunity interfacing with ForeFlight in much the same way ForeFlight partnered with Jeppesen to provide access to their superior aviation charting.
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From what I can tell TWC is in the process of completely shutting down WU. Almost nothing works on the Wundermap now, and a couple of days ago the WU Storm app forced users to "upgrade" to TWC's far-inferior version (which is essentially useless as a weather tool, especially for critical needs and safety planning). I certainly appreciate your efforts and hope they are successful, however I think at this point, unfortunately, WU is history. My plan at this point is to try to reach out to the WU staff, and encourage them to wait out there NDA and non-compete agreements (hopefully they're not too long, I believe most states limit them to two or three years), then, simply recreate it without TWC. I'm confident its user base was large enough that it will not only be financially feasible, but very profitable for all involved. Whatever the case, let's all keep this discussion going and aim to rally support to do something before TWC's greed (or is it just plain stupidity?) kills too many people.
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I wish TWC would come out of their shell and tell us something.  Be open and tell it like it is.  That way we can either throw our towel in or look forward to something better than what we have now. 
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TWC hated Weather Underground from the get go. I miss Storm. It was handy watching the weather close in as American Pharoah was preparing to run the second leg of the Triple Crown, having the wind tracks to show where the smoke was going to go during the wild fires, and being able to make it back to harbor before the weather got too bad. I had even gotten the marine add on. With WU you could predict the weather within a few minutes. My boss even used it to send us home just before a bad storm cell.

TWC has never been able to compete. Back to guessing I guess.
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I guess their theory is 'if you can't beat them ... buy them'.  From what I remember Weatherbug wasn't able to put anything together to compete with WU.  Maybe ACCU Weather will take a look at something like WU to complement current setup.  
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I've given up on WU.  I've removed my PWS from WU, and moved to pwsweather.com/Aerisweather.com.  Hopefully someone like Aeris, Accu...can create something like what the old WU was.