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Earth Networks / Earth Networks Updates for 2018
« Last post by parkernathan on Today at 10:17:50 PM »
Hi everyone!

Sorry I've been a little MIA here. I've been working behind-the-scenes and communicating with various people concerning Earth Networks, and I finally have some time to post some updates for 2018.

2017 mainly involved some major personnel changes at Earth Networks, as well as completing the sale of the WeatherBug brand to GroundTruth. For those of you who enjoy home automation and smart home services, many of the Earth Networks executives have transitioned over to a new company in 2017 which was a subsidiary of Earth Networks and has now been spun off into a separate company. It's called Whisker Labs, and their website is http://whiskerlabs.com. Those team members are developing a home energy monitoring program (I will be testing one of their sensors coming up). WeatherBug Home has been re-branded Connected Savings and is now part of Whisker Labs. The new website for Connected Savings for those still interested in the program is http://connectedsavings.com.

On the Earth Networks front, Earth Networks received a new CEO in 2017, as well as a new CTO and some other new members of the executive team. There have also been personnel changes with the technical teams, and the Earth Networks sale of WeatherBug to GroundTruth (for the most part) successfully wrapped up during 2017 (we have a few more things to do in 2018). I am still working for Earth Networks as an IT consultant for PWS. I have had a chance to be introduced to some of the new members of our tech teams, as well as the new members of our executive team and the new General Manager over at WeatherBug. I have had some excellent discussions across the board, and I recently submitted a document to our departments fully briefing everyone on the state of PWS and Earth Networks and what needs to be done to successfully get everything going in 2018.

Here is the latest concerning PWS and Earth Networks:

1. The current PWS system is still running, although the registration pages are still branded as "WeatherBug Backyard" and tied to the WeatherBug domains. The Earth Networks tech teams have made a few short-term adjustments to ensure the PWS system is tied to Earth Networks (without breaking data publishing) and remain online. The current way to access your PWS from Earth Networks is to go to http://pws.ensb.us. It allows you to view (and graph) your PWS (and it also works with mobile). The PWS Graph was having issues loading stations, and our internal tech teams have short-term resolved those so PWS stations are appearing successfully on the graph.
2. WeatherBug.com seems to be displaying CWOP stations which are in the Earth Networks universal data feed (I'm not seeing CWOP on WeatherBug's apps yet). For those who send data to CWOP, it is another workaround to view your station on WeatherBug.com for the time being.
3. WeatherBug has expressed interest in accessing the Earth Networks PWS feed in order to offer an advantage with Wunderground, plus some other services have expressed in Earth Networks PWS data as well.
4. From a technical standpoint, we have a new PWS Management Portal developed that is tied to EarthNetworks.com. I have a briefing submitted to our technical teams to look over everything and get an ETA on when we can get PWS users transitioned to the new system, which will get PWS data flowing into our universal data feed that WeatherBug and other services interested to our PWS data. It will involve some changes to our PWS Publishing API as well, so I'm working with our tech teams to get my hands on it and get it out to our PWS publishing app partners.
5. From a marketing standpoint, we'll be re-branding WeatherBug Backyard to Earth Networks PWS. We'll likely add a PWS page to our Networks page at EarthNetworks.com (that seems to be the most logical place to add it) explaining the network and giving you a place to register and manage your PWS, as well as contact me for PWS support. I'm also chatting with our teams to see about adding an Online Weather Center link to the PWS Management Portal so you can easily view your station data with us from the portal, as well as provide access to a PWS map that would allow you to view your and other PWS stations on a map. This way you'd have a place to manage your PWS and view your PWS data directly from Earth Networks in the portal in additon to WeatherBug and other sources. For PWS news, I'm continuing to use the Twitter feed @EarthNetPWS at the moment for PWS news, but we'll likely fold it into regular Earth Networks social media feeds and use the Earth Networks Corporate Blog for major PWS announcements moving forwrd (I'm still communicating with our teams about that).
6. From a support standpoint, I'll now be reporting directly to the VP of Support at Earth Networks moving forward, and I'll be working with him to re-write the PWS support documentation for the new PWS system, producing screencasts on PWS support, and of course continuing my day-to-day PWS support duties. We'll host all of the PWS support documentation on some form of support portal that you'll be able to use.
7. I've had the opportunity to communicate with various individuals and teams across departments and streamline support and technical questions that come in, so the overall turnaround time has increased, plus I expect we'll be making a smooth transition to the new PWS Management Portal in 2018 with us all working together. From what I've seen of the new portal, it's certainly an improvement over the old system, and support for non-US stations is dramatically better. I'm also very pleased with the discussions I've had with our teams across the board, with WeatherBug's new leadership, and with our new team members brought aboard. It's been extremely productive and I'll even use the term exciting.
8. In terms of Webcams, now that WUnderground has shut down webcams, I've brought up the concept at Earth Networks again. We have a new camera partner which is helping us expand our camera base (EarthTV). I've suggested we bring them into the conversation concerning webcams and allow them to offer insight on how we'd want to integrate additional camera functionalities with PWS, and I've been able to meet with some of our partners at EarthTV and look forward to productive discussions with them.

The bottom line is that the Earth Networks/WeatherBug/GroundTruth/Whisker Labs/Connected Savings transition has begun to wrap up successfully. I have had some excellent discussions both internally with our teams and some of our partners such as WeatherBug's new leadership and EarthTV, and it's been a journey to get here, but 2018 should be an exciting year for all of us, and I believe with Earth Networks, WeatherBug, Whisker Labs, and other partners working together under their respected companies, we'll be in a great position to delivering for everyone.

In terms of weather communities, WeatherTogether.net has been excellent, and I've fully wrapped up the integration of WeatherQuack.com under WeatherTogether.net just before Christmas. It's been fun blogging over there, and I've enjoyed the WeatherTogether teams and the WeatherBug Community/WeatherQuack blogging teams pooling together under one roof which has dramatically improved the overall experience. I wouldn't be surprised if WeatherTogether also doesn't have some exciting opportunities in 2018 (so stay tuned), and for those who seriously miss the WeatherBug Community, WeatherTogether is quickly becoming a solid replacement for it as both a fun weather community and blog, plus it is expanding into weather model maps, etc.

I'll send out some additional updates on some PWS publishing app forums when I get the moment as well (I still need to change my email on some of them).
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Weather Photography / Re: Another Close Call....
« Last post by GregJ on Today at 09:34:08 PM »
Thank you Dale for your incredibly kind words....  Minutes... No... Seconds count to capture "THE" moment.  Yes, I am a bit of a Mother Nature junkie...  In fact I really don't like credit for the photos I share.  Mother Nature provided the content....  I have the privilege to share the beauty that my cameras can provide.  I have yet to make a dime on a watermarked image....  I like to share here on WxForum to open conversations about how to do it.  I love the phrase... "Live, Learn and Pass It On".... Uhmmm, I'm getting to be an old guy and it's time to share.  I have learned so much from this forum, it's payback time!   :lol:

Greg
 
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It's coming together far better. We wrapped up the integration right before Christmas, and everyone seems really happy with it.
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Yes restarting Cumulus, running on a computer connected with a Davis USB datalogger to console, will download from the logger the data since Cumulus was last running - i.e. shutting down Cumulus and the computer at night and restarting in the morning, Cumulus will download from the logger the data since last night's shutdown.  Cumulus monthly log files will be updated with the downloaded data.

With the 'catch up' setting in Cumulus turned on, Cumulus will also upload the data to Weather Underground.  It would also do the 'catch up' to PWS, Weatherbug and WOW if you had Cumulus uploading to those sites.

The same thing would happen with a serial or IP logger.

Davis stations can run stand alone, or connected to a computer or router which would then need the optional logger.  Once connected to a computer then Weatherling program or third party programs like Cumulus can access the logger and the live data.

You will like the Davis!

Enjoy,
Paul
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Weather Photography / Re: Another Close Call....
« Last post by DaleReid on Today at 08:43:03 PM »
Wonderful shots.  And never hesitate to share, ever.

I just feel deeply sorry for those who neither get out doors to see the wonder of our atmosphere especially those fleeting moments which only last for a few seconds like a meteor's brief flash, or the sunsets which change so fast, nor see any of the beauty when they are outdoors.

I am reminded of John Muir's experience with the thunderstorm and him climbing a tree (probably not a great idea) but rejoicing in the storm rather than being frightened and running from it.

I guess we must all be part poets and artists to see this spectacle that unfolds every minute around us.

Thanks again.  Very moving.
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Weather Conditions Discussion / Re: Fall/Winter '17-'18
« Last post by WeatherHost on Today at 05:53:53 PM »
I bet the upper 40s feel like a tropical resort after being below zero for so long!

I'm just hoping to get the ice off the pond so the Goldfish can breathe.  I had JUST gotten it cleared last week before the cold came back.  It's only about 18" deep or so and the ice was about 8" thick, so they didn't have a lot of room left.  This morning, it was back to about 6" thick.



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Weather Conditions Discussion / Re: Fall/Winter '17-'18
« Last post by SPCFresno561 on Today at 05:45:52 PM »
Des Moines is suppose to get up into the upper 40s today and tomorrow. Sunday we are in the path of a storm again. this time rain or a rain and snow mix into Monday.  The  local TV guys claim it is going to track up in NW Iowa, Southern Minnesota getting the snow and we get the rain.

Of course you know how that all figures out, no one's guess.  I haven't looked at the data yet to make my prediction.   Whatever we get tossed, it is better than two weeks of far below zero and accompanying wind chills.



Wow! Over here in Central CA, we're finally cooling off into the lower 50s (50 degrees is chilly here :-P), after a week of highs in the 60s. We even had a little rain today, but nothing much (0.10" at my place). I bet the upper 40s feel like a tropical resort after being below zero for so long!
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Davis Instruments Weather Stations / Re: Repeated signal dropouts
« Last post by CW2274 on Today at 05:27:15 PM »
Evidently the phone call I made to Davis has fallen on deaf ears, or they're "researching" it. Oh well...
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Davis Instruments Weather Stations / Re: Repeated signal dropouts
« Last post by openvista on Today at 05:20:58 PM »
In my case, both receivers experienced signal problems in cold weather *as soon as they were placed in those conditions*. For my first console, that was the first winter in Michigan (it lived in AZ before that for 2 yrs). For my 2nd console, issues occurred immediately after being placed into service in January 2016.

A question for those who have studied the available data in detail:

Is this (dropouts with receiving from transmitters in very low temperature) - more prevalent for installations that have multiple transmitters being received by the console?

ValentineWeather and I both have multiple transmitters, but zackdog does not and he had the issue. Beyond that I can't say as there is incomplete information.

Good question, though. Will anyone else with the issue please report how many xmtrs you use?
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Davis Instruments Weather Stations / Re: Repeated signal dropouts
« Last post by dalecoy on Today at 05:04:15 PM »
In my case, both receivers experienced signal problems in cold weather *as soon as they were placed in those conditions*. For my first console, that was the first winter in Michigan (it lived in AZ before that for 2 yrs). For my 2nd console, issues occurred immediately after being placed into service in January 2016.

A question for those who have studied the available data in detail:

Is this (dropouts with receiving from transmitters in very low temperature) - more prevalent for installations that have multiple transmitters being received by the console?
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