Welcome sponsor: Weather Underground

Posted By: Team XBMC on Dec 10, 2011 in Site News

You may have noticed that for the past few weeks the Weather section of XBMC has become unable to provide updated information due to our default weather provider moving to a fully fee-based API. A brief scramble ensued, and the change provided the kick-in-the-pants we needed to move weather providers into our add-ons framework so that we can send out updates between releases, and allow users to choose between different sources much more easily.

We have now added the final piece of the puzzle: A default provider who has agreed to sponsor XBMC and its users with all the data we need. A special thanks to Weather Underground for working quickly with us to fill the void. It’s great to work with companies who see the value in donating their services to open-source communities like ours. We hope that they see some extra commercial interest as a result.

Thanks also to ronie for having the add-on ready before the ink was dry.

Users of recent nightly builds have already seen the change, and it will be fully baked in to the upcoming Beta1 release.

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Discussion - 33 Comments

  • Craig Dec 10, 2011 

    When can we expect beta 1?

  • Matt Dec 10, 2011 

    prepare yourself for the onslaught of ‘its ready when its ready’ comments @Craig

  • KTP Dec 10, 2011 

    nice! I operate a weather station that also uploads to wunderground. It would be awesome if XBMC would be able to pull data from station ids at WU.

  • Livio Dec 10, 2011 

    As long as my home city is present in their forecast, I’m totally okay with that ;-) .

  • Hoang Nguyen Dec 10, 2011 

    I seem to have found a bug considering the “Weather Underground” weather plugin. In the Home Screen Weather Menu, the sidebar Location Up/Down Arrows seem to be reversed, ie. when you press the Down Arrow to change to Location 2 from Location 1, it goes up instead and loops to Location 3 and when you press Up from Location 1 it goes down to Location 2.

    The theme i’m using is the default Confluence and the Latest Nightly to recontain the Weather feature “XBMCSetup-20111210-f1ae0b6-master.exe” for Windows 7 32bit.

  • Tom Dec 10, 2011 

    splendid! I like them better anyway :)

  • Johnny.Ink Dec 10, 2011 

    That sounds awesome. I’m ready for my first XBMC live upgrade :)

  • Joseph bench Dec 10, 2011 

    Everyone can say thanks by going to their website and clicking on a couple of ads.

  • HEX Dec 11, 2011 

    Using the 12/10 nightly I can’t figure out how to change from Celsius to Fahrenheit using the new wUnderground. BTW- if you can get their WunderMap to show in XBMC it’ll make people very happy, it simply is the most awesome weather map ever.

  • natethomas Dec 11, 2011 

    @HEX
    C and F are set to your clock. So if XBMC thinks you are in Europe, for example, it will display C. If it thinks you are in the US, it’ll display F.

  • Stephen E. Baker Dec 11, 2011 

    @natethomas Clock? Does that mean Canadians would get F? Because that wouldn’t be nice.

  • Klojum Dec 11, 2011 

    Clock and Weather values should be as fully user defined as possible. Same in Ubuntu where the clock is not formatted how I want it to be. If people want Celsius instead of a “default” Fahrenheit, then that should be included as an option. Same goes for the time & date notations. Personally, I would also like to have the clock formatted f.e. to 09:15, instead of 9:15.

  • Cpher Dec 11, 2011 

    @natethomas
    Please let me echo Stephan’s sentiments. In fact, I suspect the US is one of the few countries that wouldn’t want temperatures in Celsius, although individual preferences may vary. An option to override the autodetect would be greatly appreciated.

  • andrew Dec 11, 2011 

    Any chance of Environment Canada weather addon? I’m pretty sure they provide the info for free.
    http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/canada_e.html

  • m0deth Dec 11, 2011 

    HEX :
    Using the 12/10 nightly I can’t figure out how to change from Celsius to Fahrenheit using the new wUnderground. BTW- if you can get their WunderMap to show in XBMC it’ll make people very happy, it simply is the most awesome weather map ever.

    Oh my god yes! The Wundermap is by far the most useful tool for near real time radar that’s accurate. If at all possible, perhaps Wunderground has a way to even use the fullscreen map with overlays it currently has in beta still I think. It has become part of my autoloading tab group on browser launch. I think it would be a game changer in instant weather for a media app such as XBMC.

    It wouldn’t even have to be super complicated, as they’ve done a great job making it useful while not overdone.

    I need to go click some random links on their site now!

    Thanks much btw to all who chose this path/got this working!

  • 0wing Dec 11, 2011 

    The unit used for temperature is still controlled by the region setting in Settings->Appearance->International.

  • HEX Dec 11, 2011 

    Thanks found the setting, in Settings > Appearance > International > Region
    It was on Australia, I changed it to US (12h) and it is now properly F. Just to let you folks know, Canada is an option and it’s properly C not F, there are also several other regional options to customize it. It really needs a link to it in the Weather Plugin, I was frustrated.

  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2011 

    @HEX
    there’s a step-by-step weather setup guide in our wiki,
    including an explanation on how to change C/F.

    http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Weather

  • ronie Dec 11, 2011 

    @HEX
    there’s a step-by-step weather setup guide in our wiki,
    including instructions on how to change C/F.

    http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Weather

  • Christian Dec 11, 2011 

    Would it be possible to choose wind speeds displayed as meters/second instead of kilometers/hour? This would make a lot more sense in Sweden, where I live. Perhaps elsewhere too?

  • h.udo Dec 11, 2011 

    Yes, finally a weather app that gets the temps correctly for my location.
    Great job!

  • BigJRM Dec 12, 2011 

    XBMC is just amazing! Your programmers are tops! What you are doing with the pre-EDEN nightly builds to satisfy your loyal followers deserves our thanks! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!.
    I’m using Transparency with Weather Plus to get my map display and although I live in Canada, the US map shows the Niagara area very well. I think a weather map would enhance any weather display!
    In closing, may i say THANK YOU! again for such a fine job your programmers are doing on XBMC! Keep up the great work!

  • HEX Dec 12, 2011 

    @ronie That is an absolutely valid place for it to be documented, and if I really wanted to fix it I would of looked in the wiki or forums eventually. I felt at the time that I should of been able to get to this setting from the Weather page or wUnderground config, and spent several minutes looking for the option that I was obviously “missing”, and by this I mean I knew there must be a way to change it easily that I was overlooking. In short, for a minute or two I was a frustrated normal user wanting it to just work. ;) I’ll have to follow up later with a feature suggestion to improve the UI with a link and description.

    @m0deth totally agree, both the wUndermap and the full screen are really stellar examples of what a web mashup should be, and having them in XBMC would be a huge leap forward in weather via media center. Can’t wait to see what all comes of this, loving the nightlies so far!

  • Lopov Dec 13, 2011 

    Stephen E. Baker :
    @natethomas Clock? Does that mean Canadians would get F? Because that wouldn’t be nice.

    We get F’ed by the states all the time, there’s nothing new here, LOL.

  • Skram0 Dec 14, 2011 

    I love the weather statistics. What I’ve been dying to see in XBMC is weather historical data. Like the line graphs on Weather Underground. I love looking at what the weather has been doing in the past X hours/days/months. If someone could incorporate that into a plugin, it’d be kick arse.

  • NinJustin Dec 14, 2011 

    Nice to see Weather Underground has been my go to weather site for years. I think they have better weather Oracles than anywhere else. Also I like their FullScreenWeather.com

  • Abreg Dec 15, 2011 

    Fantastic – Weather Underground is a great weather provider! Let’s hope this initiative helps bring more users to their website too, and that rumour spreads to other companies to devote time to open source projects such as this one!

  • Mark Hofmann Dec 15, 2011 

    KTP :nice! I operate a weather station that also uploads to wunderground. It would be awesome if XBMC would be able to pull data from station ids at WU.

    Agreed! That would be cool, as I also have a personal weather station that uploads data to Weather Underground.

  • ashlar Dec 17, 2011 

    Retransmitted this on my Facebook page as well, inviting people to visit them and supporting them. Thanks Weather Underground, this is much appreciated. :)

  • Mårten Dec 18, 2011 

    http://www.yr.no has weather for the whole world and it provides it in a number of different formats.

    Check this out: http://www.yr.no/verdata/1.6810075

  • Clintre Dec 19, 2011 

    I like them using WU. Love their setup.

  • Jeroen Dec 22, 2011 

    Thanks Weather Underground for supporting XBMC!

  • BuzzLight Dec 23, 2011 

    Any reason for not updating the nightlies? I do not any see anything after dec 10. The last nightly is of 10th Dec. Is it my ISP Cache issue or there are no nightlies being generated till Eden in officially unveiled?
    Anyways, a big THANKS for a such a nice work!

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