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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #50 on: April 17, 2015, 06:38:00 AM »
With alot of psst off people at wunderground(discontinuing classic)their seems to be an opportunity for weatherbug to pick up any defectors looking for a new site... something like wunderground,  with no ads for members and data contributors,  but it seems to be taking you guys forever to make changes over there... no offense lol.
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #51 on: April 17, 2015, 03:47:01 PM »
With alot of psst off people at wunderground(discontinuing classic)their seems to be an opportunity for weatherbug to pick up any defectors looking for a new site... something like wunderground,  with no ads for members and data contributors,  but it seems to be taking you guys forever to make changes over there... no offense lol.

It's true that WU has ticked off quite a bit of people lately, and I would personally love to be there to be a solid alternative to them wanting a different weather site to use. Let's see how quickly our teams can get in gear. :-)
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #52 on: April 26, 2015, 06:52:44 PM »
My computers underwent extensive maintenance this week, so I'm a little delayed in posting this. Here's the latest updates.

1. One of my colleagues is putting together a test environment of NING 3.0 (the engine that will be powering the community revamp) and getting it to me soon. I am out of classes for the summer, so I can work full force on getting the Backyard Community 2015 revamp done over the summer. We have decided to theme it off the new WeatherBug.com and launch it around the time we launch the new WeatherBug.com for consistency. We're also reading up on how to Single Sign on NING 3.0 with our Single Sign on we're building so we can get down to a single WeatherBug login for everything.
2. New WeatherBug.com is coming along. I'm being sent a link where I can monitor the progress on it and watch it develop. While I can't spill all the beans about everything, what I've seen so far is definitely simpler, cleaner, and a world of difference better over the old WeatherBug.com.
3. New Backyard Stations backend is coming along. The new registration form is completed, and our teams are working on getting the API stuff done to connect everything to our new data feed.
4. An update came out for our iOS app this week based on customer feedback. We're especially going to do more to bring back the "wind compass" people have requested, as well as coming up, working on a way to make it more "live" like we did back in the WeatherBug 3 or 4 days (when you could sit there and watch the wind speed and direction change live).
5. Some of the components I can test for WeatherBug Home are on sale, so I'm going to see if I need to test anything else out while it's on sale. I'm also testing out our Energy Meter in our iOS app to see how it's going.
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #53 on: April 26, 2015, 07:41:40 PM »
Any chance of getting something like this that updates on a very frequent schedule, like every 15, 30 or so seconds? I know your one screen updates every minute. Also, is there, or will there, be something like an "embed" code we can use for our own personal stations to place on our web sites? I'm in the process of eliminating WU at this time, but only after WB or PWS has an available code to do such a thing. I'm tired of the crap with WU.

Don in Ohio

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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #54 on: April 27, 2015, 12:50:10 AM »
Any chance of getting something like this that updates on a very frequent schedule, like every 15, 30 or so seconds? I know your one screen updates every minute. Also, is there, or will there, be something like an "embed" code we can use for our own personal stations to place on our web sites? I'm in the process of eliminating WU at this time, but only after WB or PWS has an available code to do such a thing. I'm tired of the crap with WU.

Don in Ohio

Someone did develop a widget that pulls data from Backyard Stations and embeds it on a website. He was also going to theme it off the mobile app so it looks "clean". I can ask him what the refresh rate is on it, as well as get the code from him so people can start using it.

As for the refresh rate in our apps and website, a publishing app developer has proposed that we look at handling the refresh rate based on when station data updates. It would have publishing apps check your station data and push the changes to us when the data updates, as well as we could refresh the front end as data updates, instead of being on a regular schedule. It might be a more economical way to handle data refreshes. We're still deciding what to do about it.
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #55 on: April 27, 2015, 08:47:48 PM »
By the way, another way you can deal with the ad problem now until the new site goes online. If your bowser supports the "AdBlock" extension, give it a spin. I'm using it on Safari on my Mac, and WeatherBug.com is clean and ad-free now. I can actually see weather content again. :-)
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #56 on: May 02, 2015, 12:38:59 AM »
I got my hands on more of our sensors we'll be supporting for WBH so I can give the WBH sensors a solid test around the house. I also finally figured out how to use one of the power outlets we'll be supporting in WBH to control my desk lamp with my iPhone. Pretty luxurious.

I also switched out my desk lamp with an LED bulb to save on my energy bill, as well as I'm working to transition more of my home to LED lights to save on my energy bill and steadily watch the energy usage decrease the more I test WBH-related stuff (to remind everyone: WBH is short for "WeatherBug Home"). My desk lamp with an LED bulb is only drawing 8W of power. Not bad.

The app that we'll be supporting in WBH also supports Philips HUE and HUE LUX bulbs, so I was going to bring it up at a meeting to see if I should test one of those kits. However, the reviews are coming back that the bulbs aren't that "great" in terms of light. So instead, I just picked up a regular LED bulb at Lowes for a lot less and connected the lamp to the smart power outlet we'll be supporting so I get the same effect as a Philips HUE LUX bulb, with a brighter bulb, for less.

I've also put our energy meter through the paces to see how much we're spending on our heating/cooling bill. Pretty neat.

As for thermostats, we will be supporting the Nest coming up, as well as some Honeywell models I believe. I personally am not testing any smart thermostats yet. I'm waiting for HQ to send me one. I can't talk about it yet, but it's going to be one amazing device we'll be supporting. If you already have a smart thermostat such as a Nest or Honeywell, keep it, and we'll work to support it in WBH. If you don't have one yet but are considering one, hold off. You'll want to wait and see what we have planned.

We've also teamed up with Entergy and are providing the radar overlay in their Entergy Outage Map. Since I'm an Entergy Arkansas customer, being able to see our radar overlay when looking at their outage map is super handy.
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #57 on: May 07, 2015, 04:10:38 PM »
Our CTO was called away to a meeting about our GHG network in another state that needed his input, so our WeatherBug meeting has been postponed this week. We'll try to shoot for it next week. In the meantime, I've written a note on the Backyard Community that explains what's going on with Backyard Stations and desktop and mobile so I can just send people to that link and not have to keep re-typing the same message over and over. :-)

Here's the official link: http://backyard.weatherbug.com/notes/Backyard_Stations_Update?show=true
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #58 on: May 18, 2015, 07:39:46 PM »
Our CTO was called away to a meeting about our GHG network in another state that needed his input, so our WeatherBug meeting has been postponed this week. We'll try to shoot for it next week. In the meantime, I've written a note on the Backyard Community that explains what's going on with Backyard Stations and desktop and mobile so I can just send people to that link and not have to keep re-typing the same message over and over. :-)

Here's the official link: http://backyard.weatherbug.com/notes/Backyard_Stations_Update?show=true

Between my roof being re-done coming up, some of our team away at a conference, and the rest of our team having to attend a family gathering, our next WeatherBug meeting has been postponed until June. I'll keep you posted as soon as we meet so I can provide more updates. In the meantime, we have released an update for iOS that offers support for Notification Center. I'd like to see more done with our widget, but at least we've got a starting on it.
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #59 on: May 18, 2015, 07:41:35 PM »
I also heard back from the developer of the Backyard widget. He said another developer has polished up the widget and made it look great. I'm reaching out to him to get the code to see what we can do to get it to where you can all start enjoying it.
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #60 on: May 18, 2015, 07:45:30 PM »
Hope you can get it and soon as I'm ready to drop WU.

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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #61 on: May 18, 2015, 11:50:14 PM »
The developer finished up the code on the widget. I'm chatting with my CTO to see how to officially announce it, but in the meantime, here's a "beta" version of it. Feel free to play around with it and give us some feedback.

http://placefiles.us.to/weatherbug/widget.php
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #62 on: May 19, 2015, 12:50:13 AM »
Looks good.  The only thing missing for my station is the rain/month.  I currently have .20" for the month.

http://placefiles.us.to/weatherbug/widget.php?city=CA-Union%20City&station=p02325

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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #63 on: May 19, 2015, 03:37:14 PM »
Looks good.  The only thing missing for my station is the rain/month.  I currently have .20" for the month.

http://placefiles.us.to/weatherbug/widget.php?city=CA-Union%20City&station=p02325

What publishing app are you using to send data to us? We released an updated API a while back that supports monthly and yearly rainfall. The app developer may not have updated their app yet to our latest API, so I can reach out and ensure that gets taken care of.
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #64 on: May 20, 2015, 05:00:03 PM »
I posted this on the Backyard home page but wanted to post this again here to update people on the WeatherLink Module and the open source publishing app.

Also, on the widget I showed you above, it's being tweaked to be more reliable to work with a greater range of browsers. It displays odd inside IE right now, so the developer is working to make it load better everywhere, as well as streamline the embed code so it's "cleaner". So expect some major under the hood changes soon. It's why we haven't officially released it yet.

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I wanted to take a moment to update people on the current status of our WeatherLink Module, the cross platform, open source weather publishing app, as well as the ability to embed your Backyard Station's data into a website or your Backyard Community profile.
As many of you are aware, we've been experiencing some major issues with our WeatherLink Module, especially with later builds of WeatherLink. A while back ago, we open sourced the module and posted the source code to the Backyard Stations page.

We're currently in the process of doing two more things to ensure the WeatherLink module is back in business for those that wish to use it:

1. We're working to migrate the source code of the WeatherLink module from the Backyard Community itself over to GitHub, and simply link the Backyard Stations page over to the project on GitHub. This'll allow anyone in the community that truly wishes to get involved in the development of the WeatherLink Module to be able to jump in there, work with the source code, and post updated builds, without us having to be involved in uploading and managing changes. This way it is truly an open-source community project.

2. I've found a developer wishing to look at the code and attempt to work on an updated build that would iron out the kinks and finally get the module back functional for those on later WeatherLink builds. As soon as I have an update from him about an updated build of the module, I will let the community know so those wishing to use the WeatherLink Module can finally give it a try again.

In addition, there is still a free, cross platform, open source weather station publishing app in the works. An independent developer is working on the project (so it's not an official project coming out of WeatherBug). He will probably host it on GitHub as well to make it easier for users to work with the source code and post updates to the project. The application, currently going by the name of "WeatherStream", will be free to download and work across PC, Mac, and Linux (as I've mentioned above). It will support Davis stations out of the box, and support for more station brands can be added as more people request it. It will also support publishing to all the major networks out of the box, so in addition to publishing to us, it'll work with Wunderground, CWOP, PWS, etc.

I did some work on the initial GUI design to make it simple for users to ingest in data into the app and get it out on the web. It's already seen a few GUI tweaks, and as soon as he connects the code up to the app and releases it, I'll be posting a update on here telling people how they can get their hands on the new application. It'll be simple and straightforward at first, but there's plenty of room to expand it into something more fully functional.

Both getting the WeatherLink module back in business and this new publishing app are not meant to replace any of the other publishing apps we currently support. If you're happy with your current publishing app or hardware publishing appliance, continue to use it. There's just a couple more solutions being added to our lineup to ensure more people can send their Backyard Stations data to us, no matter what.

One more thing. People have also been asking me how they can embed their Backyard Station data onto their own website or onto their profile page here on the Backyard Community and have the widget link back to WeatherBug.com. I'd like to update everyone and inform the community that a solution is imminent. The final touches are being put on it right now, and soon, you'll be able to embed a widget on your website or Backyard Community profile that'll allow you to display your Backyard Station data and have it link to the station page on WeatherBug.com. So stay tuned extremely soon.
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #65 on: May 20, 2015, 05:43:43 PM »
Looks good.  The only thing missing for my station is the rain/month.  I currently have .20" for the month.

http://placefiles.us.to/weatherbug/widget.php?city=CA-Union%20City&station=p02325

What publishing app are you using to send data to us? We released an updated API a while back that supports monthly and yearly rainfall. The app developer may not have updated their app yet to our latest API, so I can reach out and ensure that gets taken care of.

I am using Weather Display v10.37R build 81,

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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #66 on: May 20, 2015, 07:13:30 PM »
Looks good.  The only thing missing for my station is the rain/month.  I currently have .20" for the month.

http://placefiles.us.to/weatherbug/widget.php?city=CA-Union%20City&station=p02325

What publishing app are you using to send data to us? We released an updated API a while back that supports monthly and yearly rainfall. The app developer may not have updated their app yet to our latest API, so I can reach out and ensure that gets taken care of.

I am using Weather Display v10.37R build 81,

Sounds good. Let me reach out to Brian and ensure he has our latest rain API.
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #67 on: May 21, 2015, 08:13:02 PM »
Looks good.  The only thing missing for my station is the rain/month.  I currently have .20" for the month.

http://placefiles.us.to/weatherbug/widget.php?city=CA-Union%20City&station=p02325

What publishing app are you using to send data to us? We released an updated API a while back that supports monthly and yearly rainfall. The app developer may not have updated their app yet to our latest API, so I can reach out and ensure that gets taken care of.

I am using Weather Display v10.37R build 81,

Check Weather Display for an updated build now. I gave Brian our latest API, and he has added support for monthly and yearly rainfall. Once you update to the latest build, those values should push to us.
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #68 on: May 22, 2015, 09:14:49 AM »
It is working now with the latest download of WD.

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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #69 on: May 22, 2015, 03:17:30 PM »
Looks good.  The only thing missing for my station is the rain/month.  I currently have .20" for the month.

http://placefiles.us.to/weatherbug/widget.php?city=CA-Union%20City&station=p02325

What publishing app are you using to send data to us? We released an updated API a while back that supports monthly and yearly rainfall. The app developer may not have updated their app yet to our latest API, so I can reach out and ensure that gets taken care of.

I am using Weather Display v10.37R build 81,

Check Weather Display for an updated build now. I gave Brian our latest API, and he has added support for monthly and yearly rainfall. Once you update to the latest build, those values should push to us.

Thanks, Nathan.  Will update when I get a chance.

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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #70 on: May 22, 2015, 03:44:37 PM »
Looks good.  The only thing missing for my station is the rain/month.  I currently have .20" for the month.

http://placefiles.us.to/weatherbug/widget.php?city=CA-Union%20City&station=p02325

What publishing app are you using to send data to us? We released an updated API a while back that supports monthly and yearly rainfall. The app developer may not have updated their app yet to our latest API, so I can reach out and ensure that gets taken care of.

I am using Weather Display v10.37R build 81,

Check Weather Display for an updated build now. I gave Brian our latest API, and he has added support for monthly and yearly rainfall. Once you update to the latest build, those values should push to us.

Thanks, Nathan.  Will update when I get a chance.

Sounds good. Let me know how it goes.
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #71 on: May 24, 2015, 11:51:42 AM »
Awesome progress so far!
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #72 on: May 24, 2015, 06:46:43 PM »
Awesome progress so far!
Thanks!

More tweaks have been made to the HTML widget to make it even better and more solid performing. We still haven't 100% released it yet since there's some last minute things our CTO is ensuring are perfect before launch, but anyone that wants to give it a spin on their website and test it out and give us feedback, feel free to.
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #73 on: May 27, 2015, 10:19:41 PM »
Updates:

1. Our CTO is providing the widget developer with access to our enterprise API's for the widget to ensure it's running on our most solid data feeds. Those updates should be taken care of soon, and the widget should get even better.

2. I've joined CoCoRaHS today. Station ID is AR-GL-16. It'll be a little bit before I start reporting, since I'm in the process of getting my rain gauge from WeatherYourWay. We are communicating with both CoCoRaHS and WeatherYourWay as we speak to get a CoCoRaHS group page up on the new WeatherBug Community when we revamp this summer so CoCoRaHS members can hold discussions on the WeatherBug Community. WeatherYourWay is also chatting with us about featuring them on the group page so people know where to purchase rain gauges.

3. I'm already a member of NWS SKYWARN and Spotter Network, but I need to get my HAM Technician License this summer. I'm probably going to study online, then as soon as another testing opportunity opens up this summer, jump at it. That'll ensure I'm involved in the various weather interests of our community across the board.

4. I'm testing two more sensors in my home for WeatherBug Home. One will allow me to monitor temperature and humidity from my kitchen, the other is a moisture sensor that's going in my garage next to my hot water heater. It'll allow me to detect if my hot water heater leaks, as well as track garage temperature. I can already track temperature from: my VP2, my back porch (Netatmo), my office window, the windows in my den, my front door, the door to my laundry room, as well as the living room (Netatmo). The door/window sensors I'm testing also work for home security as well and can notify me if a door or window is opened and closed. I'm still testing my Dropcam Pro with the setup as well since it interfaces with it, as well as I'm still testing the power outlet with an LED Bulb.

5. I was looking at testing the Philips Hue Lux bulbs since they integrate with our setup, but our teams are testing them and aren't really impressed with them. So I'm sticking with regular LED bulbs for now. Two other things I'll be testing for WeatherBug Home coming up are: a smart thermostat and a smart energy meter. For those of you with smart thermostats, no need to worry, we will offer support for them (such as Honeywell and Nest). For those interested in smart thermostats, I still highly recommend waiting on getting one. We have some really neat ones in the pipeline we can't discuss yet, but they'll be worth waiting on. I'll be testing one as soon as its ready for primetime (and I am so looking forward to testing it). For the smart energy meter, as soon as my power company, Entergy Arkansas, supports smart power meters, I'll be testing one out. Since our partnership with Entergy is getting good (they're using our radar overlay for their outage maps now), I expect they'll be one of the first power companies to team up with us for WeatherBug Home, and when they do, I'll be ready to test. In the meantime, I'm tracking my energy usage online and just manually sending data to our teams to collect.
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Re: 2015 WeatherBug "Grapevine"
« Reply #74 on: May 31, 2015, 06:40:30 PM »
If you're a Nest thermostat owner, PLEASE visit both of these links and vote/comment on them saying you wish for Nest to offer support for these:

https://community.nest.com/ideas/4887
https://community.nest.com/ideas/4888

We are in the process of teaming up with SmartThings as one of the major home automation solutions we're looking into. However, the Nest thermostat isn't on the list of supported thermostats integrating with Nest. The Dropcam Pro is a supported product with SmartThings, so Nest does have experience with SmartThings and can easily integrate the Nest into SmartThings. They just haven't done it yet.

Additionally, I'm wanting the community to drum up a little more push to Nest for full integration for WeatherBug Home to make it easier for us to fully support the Nest on WeatherBug Home. We still have plans to support it, but we could use a little push on Nest's side to ensure we have the full integration needed. And since SmartThings is going to be a home automation solution we're going to be highly recommending to WeatherBug Home users coming up, Nest integration into SmartThings is crucial for Nest owners that really want to fully jump on the WeatherBug Home bandwagon.

By taking a few moments to vote and comment on the above two links, you can ensure that the closer we come to launching WeatherBug Home, the quicker you can enjoy using your Nest with it even more.

Thanks!
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