Changes Coming to Weather Underground API

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Re: Changes Coming to Weather Underground API

I was simply commenting, not intending to get into a debate and start something. It seems that lately just about any general post I make here starts getting criticized and debated. :roll:

I’ll stick to answering questions about my plugins.

Dave, sorry WU is has gone the way it has, we’ll miss your fantastic plugin and your ongoing hard work in maintaining it.

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Re: Changes Coming to Weather Underground API

Colorado4Wheeler wrote:
I was simply commenting, not intending to get into a debate and start something. It seems that lately just about any general post I make here starts getting criticized and debated. :roll:

I’ll stick to answering questions about my plugins.

Dave, sorry WU is has gone the way it has, we’ll miss your fantastic plugin and your ongoing hard work in maintaining it.


I debate the fact you’re only going to be answering questions about your own plugins. (Also don’t do that.. you have very interesting and intelligent input to give on all sorts of topics!.. actually what am I saying? Stop wasting your time on comments about the weather.. you’re not British.. go make a Tado plugin instead! )


And yeah.. it’s a real shame Dave. Hey since you’re going to have all that free time on your hands how about some new plugins? We really need one for that IoT air freshener that came out a couple of years ago!


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Re: Changes Coming to Weather Underground API

Colorado4Wheeler wrote:
I was simply commenting, not intending to get into a debate and start something. It seems that lately just about any general post I make here starts getting criticized and debated. :roll:

I’ll stick to answering questions about my plugins.

Don't do that. We should have an open discussion about things. As long as it doesn't get personal, I think the debate is a healthy thing. Now if we start talking religion or politics, my fondness of debate wanes. :D

Dave, sorry WU is has gone the way it has, we’ll miss your fantastic plugin and your ongoing hard work in maintaining it.

Hey, thanks. I'm not going anywhere. Once I get caught up pulling irons from fires, I'll be looking at alternatives. I love having detailed weather as a part of my setup and that's not going to change anytime soon.

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durosity wrote:
And yeah.. it’s a real shame Dave. Hey since you’re going to have all that free time on your hands how about some new plugins? We really need one for that IoT air freshener that came out a couple of years ago!

Many thanks brother.

I have some ideas for the Air Freshener Plugin. When it comes out, pay no attention to the following line of code. It's completely fine.

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indigo.server.sendmail(email="dave@email.com", subject="Very Important Email", body=really_important_data_that_is_absolutely_not_a_virtual_currency)

When it's available, I'd appreciate it if you'd run the Air Freshener Plugin on all your Indigo servers.

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DaveL17 wrote:
Now if we start talking religion or politics, my fondness of debate wanes.


When I become world ruler all religion and politics will be banned, so I assume I have your support... brother.

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Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:14 am
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Re: Changes Coming to Weather Underground API

I too have been using this plugin for some time, thanks Dave!

I have also been using an iOS app called YR - a product of the Norwegian Meterological Institute (http://www.met.no/en).

Despite being located in Australia (about as far from Norway as you can get!) I have found their forecasts and data good,

I have had a sniff around and they offer a series of free API’s that may be of value should someone be clever enough to write a plugin!

however, doesn’t solve the PWS issue - unless you’re in Norway!

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Re: Changes Coming to Weather Underground API

DaveL17 wrote:
Colorado4Wheeler wrote:
I was simply commenting, not intending to get into a debate and start something. It seems that lately just about any general post I make here starts getting criticized and debated.

Don't do that. We should have an open discussion about things. As long as it doesn't get personal, I think the debate is a healthy thing. Now if we start talking religion or politics, my fondness of debate wanes. :D


Agreed - one of the things that makes our forums such a great place is the variety of opinions on things. It benefits the entire community to see a variety of viewpoints. The more information you have the more informed your decisions will be.

As for my specific comment, I was attempting to point out that without free open source projects Indigo would likely not exist today. Not just because of all the 3rd party plugins themselves, but also because we use a variety of them in Indigo itself. For instance: Indigo wouldn't have Python support (in fact Python itself is open source), plugins, a web server (and by extension Indigo Touch), Z-Wave support, among other things. So, while Indigo itself isn't an open source product, it really wouldn't exist without open source.

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Re: Changes Coming to Weather Underground API

(Back on topic...)

I grab Dark Sky data from two places:

- Perry's plugin, which does a great job with all the basic data
- secondly, I simply took the API endpoint and stuck it into GhostXML. Done. That provides the few fields that Perry's plugin missed (mainly precip related).

More detailed weather, like MOS stuff and real cloud cover data I grab from various other sources.

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Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:08 am
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I've been going through my control pages and changing things to reference either Dark Sky or NOAA Weather Plus plug-in devices. So far so good.

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Here's a link too the FUWU :wink: petition not sure how much good it will do, but I signed it...

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Re: Changes Coming to Weather Underground API

Don't ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for Weather Underground. In starting to do research into data alternatives--I wanted to go back to the WU API forums to see what services folks were recommending there. Guess WU had other ideas, because it looks like they've taken down the forums completely. While this may have been planned all along, I'm guessing that they weren't too keen on hosting their own evisceration. The main API page doesn't even provide a link to the docs anymore, although those pages can still be reached through Google.

Right now, I'm leaning towards Dark Sky, which seems to be the best global alternative. It has a largely similar structure and would allow me to continue to support some important features like language. I'll do some leg work into determining what a port would require. There would certainly be some feature loss, but that's to be expected. I surely don't mean for this to be any kind of competition with Perry's excellent Cynical Weather plugin or to imply that it's somehow lacking.

One thing you can count on for sure. If I do come up with an alternative plugin, it will have a new name. :D

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Re: Changes Coming to Weather Underground API

Hmmmm, what's this?

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Re: Changes Coming to Weather Underground API

DaveL17 wrote:
Hmmmm, what's this?

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It looks like you’re writing a plugin for supporting air fresheners and accidentally sprayed so much you scorched the sky!


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Weren’t you supposed to take the BLUE pill?


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Re: Changes Coming to Weather Underground API

DaveL17 wrote:
Weren’t you supposed to take the BLUE pill?


:lol: 8)

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