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Saratoga Base-World templates switch to DarkSky forecast before WU API shutdown

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Saratoga Base-World templates switch to DarkSky forecast before WU API shutdown

Post by saratogaWX » Tue 01 Jan 2019 6:48 pm

For all the Base-World template users, make sure you switch to using DarkSky for forecasts before the planned 15-Feb-2019 shutdown of the WeatherUnderground API (at which time your WU-forecast.php scripts will cease operation).

The easiest way to switch is to use the update tool page with a query of Base-World, Plugin-*, 02-Dec-2018 to get all the needed files. Follow the instructions in the included Settings-DarkSky-README.txt file to change your Settings.php to add the DarkSky API key and forecast locations to your site. The ajax-dashboard.php and wxforecast.php scripts have also been updated for DarkSky support.

If you're using the ajax-dashboard6.php, please see this post for details on what to modify. I've also updated the legacy script page with 6.95a of Scott's alternative ajax-dashboard6.php script (just the one file was updated).

WU has revealed the future API replacement and said it would be free for low-volume PWS data submitters to use, but has not offered any API keys for the new API yet -- the new API is INCOMPATIBLE with the existing WU-forecast.php, so you'll have to change to DarkSky.net forecasts before they shut off the old API. I'll try a rewrite of WU-forecast for the new API as soon as keys are available -- right now they're only talking about a 5 day forecast period (instead of the current 7 day forecast). DarkSky provides a 7 day forecast, but only for 24hr periods (so only 7 icons).

I'll keep you posted about developments for the WU API replacement -- in the meantime, DO update your sites to use DarkSky forecasts NOW.

Best regards,
Ken

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Re: Saratoga Base-World templates switch to DarkSky forecast before WU API shutdown

Post by saratogaWX » Thu 24 Jan 2019 9:22 pm

I've done an update to the DarkSky forecast script (DS-forecast.php V1.09, DS-forecast-lang.php V1.06) that adds a tabbed display of the Daily and Hourly(24hrs) forecasts. Including scripts also need to add some CSS to format the tabbed display.

Standalone: https://saratoga-weather.org/scripts-DSforecast.php (the scripts and CSS addition are available there)

Template: https://saratoga-weather.org/wxtemplates/updates.php with query 23-Jan-2019, Base-World, Plugin-*
which updates DS-forecast.php, DS-forecast-lang.php and wxforecast.php scripts (the latter has the needed CSS included)

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Re: Saratoga Base-World templates switch to DarkSky forecast before WU API shutdown

Post by HRVistaWeather » Fri 25 Jan 2019 6:23 pm

Thanks Ken, Greatly Appreciated. https://southfranklinweather.com/weathe ... ast-DS.php
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Re: Saratoga Base-World templates switch to DarkSky forecast before WU API shutdown

Post by Mark14 » Sat 16 Feb 2019 5:54 pm

At last I have updated my template. It works but apparently I ommited something. I edited flyout-menu-test.xml and added a new element in my menu with forecasts leading to DS-forecast.php
However it isn't embedded within main site template: http://serwer1823145.home.pl/DS-forecast.php
like the rest of forecasts, eg. http://serwer1823145.home.pl/wxforecast.php

How to solve it?
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Re: Saratoga Base-World templates switch to DarkSky forecast before WU API shutdown

Post by saratogaWX » Sat 16 Feb 2019 6:31 pm

Use the updated wxforecast.php page. Use check-fetch-times.php?show=versions to see all updates needed.

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