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Title: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: R_o_B on September 10, 2018, 03:35:07 PM
From Tim Roche, Official Rep for The Weather Underground API Community:

We’re contacting you today to tell you about some upcoming changes to the Weather Underground (WU) API and what these changes mean for you.

The WU API has been around since 2010 to help you develop apps and websites as well as manage your Personal Weather Station data.  During that time, we’ve watched you build amazing products and visualize weather data with creativity and purpose.

Over the years, our infrastructure has struggled to keep up with the growing numbers of users coming to us for API data. We realized we needed to make changes to ensure the highest level of quality, performance and uptime for our API users.

As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to retire the Weather Underground API. The Weather Company, which acquired WU back in 2012, offers a powerful suite of enterprise-grade APIs that might be better suited to meet your scale and performance needs while offering a broader range of weather data. You can see these products here (http://biz.weather.com/WU-Data-API_Data-Package-Demo-Request.html).

Here’s what you need to know going forward:
We are grateful for your commitment to Weather Underground and appreciate your understanding and support as we work through this process. These changes will allow us to continually improve our services and develop new features to keep WU a thriving place for you for many years to come.

Thanks for being part of the community.

Sincerely,

The WU Team

Link to the WeatherAPI Community Announcement: 'https://apicommunity.wunderground.com/weatherapi/topics/end-of-service-for-the-weather-underground-api (https://apicommunity.wunderground.com/weatherapi/topics/end-of-service-for-the-weather-underground-api)'
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: Weather Display on September 10, 2018, 06:20:35 PM
leaves more questions than answers
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: R_o_B on September 11, 2018, 02:46:38 PM
Indeed.

As you have probably seen/read on other weather-related community/forum site, many station operators are simply confused as to what is going to happen to the data they have been uploading for years (since nothing has been decided about the access to the Weather Underground API) or the station operators are just ending the upload of their data to Weather Underground...
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: Weather Display on September 11, 2018, 06:36:49 PM
I do pay a monthly amount to WU for the use of an api key
I have had no communication from WU about what is going to happen
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: Weather Display on September 11, 2018, 07:57:10 PM
it looks like the cost is going to go up significantly
which I will not be able to afford
so I will have to remove from WD the WU api functions (as even free api keys will not work either)
(those functions are to use WU as a data source --they do though say personal weather station owners will have access to their own data...so maybe that will work via a user apikey?)
and the wunderground station data (newish function added to WD)
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: MGCJerry on September 13, 2018, 11:07:31 PM
If I was reading correctly, so for a PWS owner like most of us here the only get to get our own data off WU and no other options unless we jump for an enterprise (probably expensive as hell) license to use their system.?
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: niko on September 14, 2018, 12:55:43 AM
I'm not a WU fan but that's not how I read this:

If you are a Personal Weather Station owner, you will receive more information about our plan to offer free access to the data you provide to Weather Underground. We’ll reach out once that plan has been finalized.

Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: MGCJerry on September 16, 2018, 01:13:15 AM
I see, that's kind of what I got reading that... So I can get free access to the data I already have? On my next maintenance run, I'll be nuking the WU data stream on my side... Thanks for nothing WU.
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: niko on September 16, 2018, 01:25:23 AM
Ah, now I see what you you mean, access only to your own data isn't worth much  :roll:
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: R_o_B on September 16, 2018, 02:47:55 PM
Ah, now I see what you you mean, access only to your own data isn't worth much  :roll:
Indeed, from what I have I read in other forums and from all the speculations created from the lack of information from Weather Underground, most weather stations operators believe that the only data available to them will be their own data as, it seems, the API will only be available to those that are willing to pay for its access (at high costs)...  :(
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: NorCal Dan on September 16, 2018, 04:59:24 PM
Ah, now I see what you you mean, access only to your own data isn't worth much  :roll:

...but it's ok for them to turn around and sell your data...  :x
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: saratogaWX on September 16, 2018, 06:36:09 PM
I've signed up on the WU API forum and posted my question(s) there.

The fate of WU-forecast.php hangs on having a free API use for our hobbyist/contributors in the future.  Meanwhile, it sounds like the existing WU API will work through 12/2018.

Time will tell...
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: vk2him on October 09, 2018, 03:01:13 AM
I suggest we mount a "protest" by immediately turning off any uploads to WU  ... see if that gets their attention?
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: niko on October 09, 2018, 03:36:23 AM
Times have changed. I really don't think WU cares as much about PWS data as it did some years ago when internet capable wx station/software ownership was an enthusiast thing. Climate change has triggered a proliferation of "official" weather stations that they can tap into, and the availability of cheap IOT consumer weather stations has generated an avalanche of poor quality PWS data being uploaded to WU. The writing is on the wall IMHO.
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: R_o_B on October 18, 2018, 02:10:27 PM
https://apicommunity.wunderground.com/weatherapi/topics/end-of-service-for-the-weather-underground-api (https://apicommunity.wunderground.com/weatherapi/topics/end-of-service-for-the-weather-underground-api)
 :( 8O
So, what are we suppose to notice - what is different from the link that I originally posted more than a month ago?
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: niko on October 18, 2018, 02:21:38 PM
It is interesting to see how little progress has been made in that month in coming up with the promised information...
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: R_o_B on October 18, 2018, 03:34:23 PM
Was something promised?  :roll:
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: Banyarola on October 28, 2018, 04:17:12 PM
This may be a dumb questyion but what is an 'API' key??

I do pay a monthly amount to WU for the use of an api key
I have had no communication from WU about what is going to happen
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: Banyarola on October 28, 2018, 04:20:58 PM
This may sound stupid but what is an 'API' key??
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: Weather Display on October 28, 2018, 05:43:10 PM
they do have currently (or used to ) a free api key
which allows you to retrieve things like a 5 or 10 day forecast, rain radar maps, etc
you would put that key in say a script to retrieve that data

you can also (or could) pay to get a api key where you can ask for more data above the free limits (i.e for commercial applications etc)
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: niko on October 28, 2018, 05:57:34 PM
This may sound stupid but what is an 'API' key??

API = Application Programming Interface = an interface giving access to third party programs. "key" = password/passcode that allows access, and defines level of access via the API.
Title: Re: End of Service for the Weather Underground API (updated September 6, 2018)
Post by: looney2ns on November 12, 2018, 04:19:58 PM
So I go to WU a couple of days ago, up pops a survey "How are we doing"?
Suffice it to say, I doubt they liked any of my answers.  :roll: