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dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« on: May 16, 2018, 05:16:27 AM »
personally glad to see the back of wunderground especially their API data .

was made aware of this morning via email and thanks mcrossley for confirming.

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.


https://apicommunity.wunderground.com/weatherapi/topics/weather-underground-api-changes



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Re: dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2018, 08:05:26 AM »
It was only a matter of time. Figures
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Re: dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 08:41:48 AM »
absolutely anything that is free will always become unusable ,unsustainable in the future and no one likes suddenly having to pay for something they have used for years FOR FREE etc..the days of free reliable data is over ,if you want reliable quality data then its coming at a cost.

i can see it now thousands of developers for templates,apps all searching for the next best free source and then watch those sources crumble under the overload in the future.


the free API key currently shows only this data being made available all other data like 10 day forecast hourly is now at cost

free ?? STRATUS PLAN
Geolookup
Autocomplete
Current conditions
3-day forecast summary
Astronomy
Almanac for today


PAID CUMULUS PLAN
Geolookup
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Current conditions
3-day forecast summary
Astronomy
Almanac for today
10-day forecast summary
Hourly 1-day forecast
Satellite thumbnail
Dynamic Radar image
Severe alerts
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Re: dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 11:00:46 AM »
Well, depends on your definition of 'free'. We are providing much of the data to WU for 'free' which they are then using to create commercial products. So the 'free' API I see as a quid pro quo for the data provided.

My 'free' API is Cumulus Plan, you have 30 'free' raindrops per month - I have only ever used 1, once! and that was during testing.
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Re: dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2018, 11:12:46 AM »
perhaps this needs clarifying as to how they determine what is free , log into mine its shows paid account . my account was downgraded to stratus today perhaps its a slow change rollout but being its wunderground who knows ...


if you logout and click API at the bottom of https://www.wunderground.com

your presented with this


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Re: dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2018, 11:26:57 AM »
Hmm, I'll wait and see what happens then, my plan is still listed as "Cumulus Developer"...
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Re: dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2018, 11:28:58 AM »
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here is mine used to be cumulus


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Re: dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2018, 12:10:33 PM »
Here's mine. I'll wait and see....

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Re: dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2018, 12:12:28 PM »
Brian,

Mine is still listed as ANVIL PLAN.

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Re: dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2018, 12:40:12 PM »
Mine is still Cumulus Developer too.

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So sad they're closing out the folks who provide them data.  I may have to discontinue the WU specific scripts (WU-forecast.php) and seek an alternative provider for worldwide forecasts.  Sigh...

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Re: dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2018, 01:16:48 PM »
Mine is still Cumulus Developer too.

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So sad they're closing out the folks who provide them data.  I may have to discontinue the WU specific scripts (WU-forecast.php) and seek an alternative provider for worldwide forecasts.  Sigh...

ken personally i feel any free api sooner or later will hit the overload issues ,  vreihen sent me a link today  from the popular yr.no

it basically summed up free data services somewhere along the line someones paying for it be it the provider or the user its no longer sustainable to do these things for free long term .

https://om.yr.no/info/verdata/free-weather-data/

here is the interesting part

We are sorry that this information is not available in English. Yr is financed by Norwegian tax and license fee payers, and our main focus is Norwegian forecasts and services, although we do offer forecasts for every country and all major cities of the world. We are afraid to get overloaded with traffic if we translate the guidelines and promote the free weather data service in English.

darksky,apixu or checkout checkwx.com using metar,taf human readeable json output.

ive tried them all and results vary based on end user locations especially darksky

currently testing https://www.apixu.com/ i tried it last year and cant remember why i didnt continue sure i will remember when something arises ..



 



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Re: dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2018, 12:48:48 AM »
and the plot thickens

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Re: dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2018, 11:28:51 AM »
Yeah, that's the real kicker. Having a free tier no longer even matters if they don't even provide PWS data any more...

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Re: dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2018, 11:58:37 AM »
Perhaps WU is going the same route as Weatherbug just did. That is, use CWOP data via MADIS. I suspect a large percentage of PWS users that send data to WU also send to CWOP. So WU could get their weather data from a single source and not have to deal with us PWS owners anymore.

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Re: dump wunderground api you may not have a choice
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2018, 01:20:32 PM »
Frankfort Weather DOES NOT send data directly to WeatherUnderground or any other commercial provider. Many have demonstrated inaccurate and unreliable data presentation, poor response to inquiries, and erratic performance of associated APIs. PWS operators have pride, and considerable time and monetary investment in their weather data and such issues degrade those investments. Further, Frankfort Weather does not endorse, encourage or condone the blatant commercial 'scraping' and 'marketing' of Personal Weather Station and Site Products world-wide without permission and acknowledgement.
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