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hooralph

The Death of Weather Underground

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Anyone have any insider perspective on why their mobile app and web site have slid into irrelevance? I know they have had ownership changes that have likely triggered this, but after years of evolving their utilitarian sites into a really elegant and highly usable UI:

  • The app (at least for me) is completely unusable. Maybe it traces to the fact that I have a "no ads" subscription, which they broke in a release earlier this year, then fixed. Only to now have no data load. Ever. (Though amusingly, push alerts still work).
  • The website has slowed to the point of being unusable.
  • They also have completely obfuscated all of the NWS stations, making them impossible to find and stick. A few weeks ago I thought I found a hack and found the old station-based URL's worked. e.g.: https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/ny/KNYC

    Only today I tried that again and found, after briefly showing me the KNYC report, it redirects to some garbage station that is 8 degrees hotter.

Whatever has happened - neglect, starved for resources by the parent company... nefarious effort to push their network at all costs - it saddens me as I still can't find an app I like as well.

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This has been a topic of conversation for a while now...you said it, it's been downhill since the ownership changes. There is talk now that they're  trying to get their act together and fix the many problems, but we'll see.

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I'm still not over their map change. I'm still searching for a suitable replacement, but this is the best I've found thus far:

http://weather.wdtinc.com/imap/imaplite/?MAPID=10937&CLIENTID=20485

It's not perfect either, but at least it doesn't crash after several minutes. That plus these are my storm-mode links:

http://www.lightningmaps.org/?lang=en#m=sen;t=4;s=0;o=0;b=0.00;ts=0;

https://weather.cod.edu/satrad/exper/?parms=nrnmidat-02-24-0

https://weather.cod.edu/satrad/nexrad/index.php?type=LWX-N0Q-1-48

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Weather Underground recently announced that their current weather api for developers will end in late December 2018.

It appears that they will be rolling out a new platform at the same time so that may explain why they have let their websites deteriorate. As a hobbyist web developer I hope they continue to support the pws community and  the many developers that depend on Weather Underground. If anyone has any insight into WU's plans please post a reply.

I developed a mobile friendly web page using WU's api. Any feedback would be appreciated. I plan on revamping the site early next year.

https://zipweatherinfo.com

 

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