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Offline nincehelser

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Gold Star monitoring service
« on: November 21, 2019, 01:46:48 PM »
For those worried about such things...

https://www.wugoldstar.org/

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Gold Star Alerts

What is this?
If you have a weather station on Weather Underground, we will notify you via E-Mail when your station(s) gain or lose their gold star status.
We also keep historical gold star status data about your station(s) so you can reference past gains or losses.

What is a Weather Underground Gold Star?
The Gold Star is Weather Underground's way of saying your station is passing their arbitary quality checks.
You can read more about it here

Can I monitor stations other than mine?
Sure, you can receive notifications for any station on Weather Underground.

What does it cost?
Nothing!

I'm providing this as a service because it was requested by a few people.
Donations for my time and hosting costs are appreciated, though!


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This service is not affiliated with IBM, The Weather Channel, or Weather Underground

Offline Mabcmb

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2019, 02:34:26 PM »
Seems weird that they have this at the bottom of the page " This service is not affiliated with IBM, The Weather Channel, or Weather Underground " ??

For those worried about such things...

https://www.wugoldstar.org/

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Gold Star Alerts

What is this?
If you have a weather station on Weather Underground, we will notify you via E-Mail when your station(s) gain or lose their gold star status.
We also keep historical gold star status data about your station(s) so you can reference past gains or losses.

What is a Weather Underground Gold Star?
The Gold Star is Weather Underground's way of saying your station is passing their arbitary quality checks.
You can read more about it here

Can I monitor stations other than mine?
Sure, you can receive notifications for any station on Weather Underground.

What does it cost?
Nothing!

I'm providing this as a service because it was requested by a few people.
Donations for my time and hosting costs are appreciated, though!


© 2019 wugoldstar.org • support@wugoldstar.org
This service is not affiliated with IBM, The Weather Channel, or Weather Underground

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2019, 02:56:32 PM »
Seems weird that they have this at the bottom of the page " This service is not affiliated with IBM, The Weather Channel, or Weather Underground " ??
Why is that weird? The website was created by some enterprising individual and they are telling you that they are not affiliated with WU nor IBM.
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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2019, 02:59:39 PM »
Very nice website. Probably took some time to create. But this makes no sense. The WU golden star is meaningless. Stations that are offline and not reporting still have gold stars. I lose my gold star for no apparent reason and so does everyone else. Nothing wrong with my station when I lose my gold star.  I'm not shooting the messenger, because I know the messenger OP knows. I'm just venting and letting anyone less informed know that this service as nice as it seems is probably less than useful at this time until WU decides to actually make something of the gold star initiative.
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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2019, 03:22:14 PM »
The Gold Star is Weather Underground's way of saying your station is passing their arbitary quality checks.

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2019, 05:43:49 PM »
I do not recall any explanation from WU regarding their reasoning controlling the issuance or removal of Gold Stars other than the same statement posted on their web site that hasn't changed in years. They either are monitoring sites or there is something else that is randomly removing and restoring Gold Stars. Until WU makes the appropriate adjustments to the site and documents it then the appearance of Gold Stars is meaningless. You got one or you don't, it really doesn't mean anything.

I am seeing some slight improvements to the site and they must be working on it but I am sure the Gold Stars are listed somewhere in the volumes of issues that still need to be addressed.

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2019, 06:18:09 PM »
I do not recall any explanation from WU regarding their reasoning controlling the issuance or removal of Gold Stars other than the same statement posted on their web site that hasn't changed in years.
It doesn't matter. The GS was an absolute farce then....just as it is now. To think that WU can even remotely monitor the status of 300,000+ PWS's and others and determine if data is bogus or not is a pipe dream. Why oh why people hang their hats on this...I'll never understand, WU can't even do the simplest things right, let alone something of this incredible complexity and magnitude.
Not saying you are, but hat hangers, enjoy your worthless GS. :roll:

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2019, 08:46:59 AM »
Thanks for the link. This will help with my Goldstar Loss Anxiety Syndrome (GLAS).

I will monitor it regularly to make sure I still have my Gold Star.

 :roll:

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2019, 09:08:21 AM »
Somehow, this seems like a pilot light to monitor another pilot light.  The "gold star" isn't even a participation trophy anymore and seems to be posted arbitrarily, capriciously and at the whim of some software code or the mood some "administrator" is in.  Saying it's based on data reliability is, indeed, GIGO.
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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2020, 09:35:55 AM »
Late to the party here...

Signed up for the gold star thing..  Lost my last gold star when I shut my ws-2000 down for cleaning.

Now, does it tell you why you lost your gold star??
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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2020, 10:14:21 AM »
Hello
Yes you can check your data with your WU API
Log in to your account and go to devices
You will see three tabs on top of window
Last one is your API
Get your API
In the API you will see Qcstaus and it will have a #1 behind it
-1 is the time is off on your weather station
0 means no wind data from your weather station
You want it to be a 1 means all the data is correct

Here is an example of the API

https://api.weather.com/v2/pws/observations/current?stationId=Station ID HERE&format=json&units=e&apiKey=API GOES HERE

Hope this helps
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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2020, 08:16:53 PM »
You want it to be a 1 means all the data is correct
using the little API URL I checked mine. I’m guessing WU is still (since 2017) FUBAR, as my result string is indeed “qcStatus:”1.

But alas my hopes are brightening, as Ambient has been purchased by Neilson-Kellerman and perhaps the new owners will add more features to the Ambient weather pages.

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2020, 08:27:25 PM »
ok
so looking at your API is there any sensor data that shows null?
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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2020, 08:20:06 AM »
Interesting, today is the first time I noticed this api key usage. Still have my gold star for now :shock:.............


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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2020, 11:21:24 AM »
ok
so looking at your API is there any sensor data that shows null?
Only null value reported is "realtimeFrequency":null, but I doubt I have any control over that.

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2023, 05:00:16 PM »
For those worried about such things...

https://www.wugoldstar.org/

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Gold Star Alerts

What is this?
If you have a weather station on Weather Underground, we will notify you via E-Mail when your station(s) gain or lose their gold star status.
We also keep historical gold star status data about your station(s) so you can reference past gains or losses.

What is a Weather Underground Gold Star?
The Gold Star is Weather Underground's way of saying your station is passing their arbitary quality checks.
You can read more about it here

Can I monitor stations other than mine?
Sure, you can receive notifications for any station on Weather Underground.

What does it cost?
Nothing!

I'm providing this as a service because it was requested by a few people.
Donations for my time and hosting costs are appreciated, though!


© 2019 wugoldstar.org • support@wugoldstar.org
This service is not affiliated with IBM, The Weather Channel, or Weather Underground

I know this is an old topic, but the https://www.wugoldstar.org/ website doesn't work anymore. Does anybody know if it is has been moved? Are there any alternatives? Thank you

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2023, 05:28:28 PM »
Looks like the domain name has expired and is available for anyone who wants it.

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2023, 05:53:53 PM »
Looks like the domain name has expired and is available for anyone who wants it.

Thanks. Are you aware of a similar service?

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2023, 06:50:11 PM »
Maybe gold stars have been replaced by blue check marks? Only $8 a month. /sarcasm
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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2023, 07:32:51 PM »
Maybe gold stars have been replaced by blue check marks? Only $8 a month. /sarcasm

The craziness of that is beyond understanding. Real world problems.

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #20 on: April 22, 2023, 04:36:26 PM »
Some background: The gold stars on WU seemed to be issued and withdrawn randomly, and people who have been on this forum for a long time realized that the stars had no real value. WU has been in decline for several years now, and many people here (who have alternatives) have simply dropped WU or discontinued sending their data to it for "free" since any reciprocal benefit coming back their way has been greatly reduced.

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #21 on: April 22, 2023, 05:20:52 PM »

Thanks. Are you aware of a similar service?

This hasn't worked in a while and I'm not aware of a similar service. I was curious about what the original site looked like and tried the wayback machine. Unfortunately this is all I could find. https://web.archive.org/web/20200809174916/https://www.wugoldstar.org/

While I agree that the gold stars are mostly a joke and WU isn't what it used to be, I still send data. I costs me nothing and I enjoy checking my local weather when I'm away. As an Acurite owner (another company that isn't what is used to be) WU is the only place I can easily see my station's data online.

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2023, 08:35:33 PM »

Thanks. Are you aware of a similar service?

This hasn't worked in a while and I'm not aware of a similar service. I was curious about what the original site looked like and tried the wayback machine. Unfortunately this is all I could find. https://web.archive.org/web/20200809174916/https://www.wugoldstar.org/

While I agree that the gold stars are mostly a joke and WU isn't what it used to be, I still send data. I costs me nothing and I enjoy checking my local weather when I'm away. As an Acurite owner (another company that isn't what is used to be) WU is the only place I can easily see my station's data online.

Thanks. I am mostly curious to get a "QC" of my data, but based on the responses the gold star is not the way to go. As described above, you can also get the qcstatus of the station using the API. Is it possible to get historical data using the API? Maybe that's the data that wugoldstar.org was mining?
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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2023, 08:05:29 PM »
Me and everyone around me has their qc stuck at "-1" for I don't know how long. I like WU for rapid fire wind rates during storms otherwise its worthless.

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Re: Gold Star monitoring service
« Reply #24 on: May 11, 2023, 02:34:29 AM »
WU has been in decline for several years now, and many people here (who have alternatives) have simply dropped WU or discontinued sending their data to it for "free" since any reciprocal benefit coming back their way has been greatly reduced.


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