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Greetings Community Members,

I wanted to share some exciting new changes taking place at WeatherBug -- some are already in place and others are in development, and will be available very soon.  

First, you may have already noticed both our WeatherBug.com and EarthNetworks.com websites have been redesigned. Both Websites are now proudly displaying new logos, in addition to their new layout. We also recently introduced the newest version of our mobile application for iPhone and Android.  Our website and mobile app changes are only part of the upgrades taking place. We are also actively developing new capabilities for  the WeatherBug Backyard Community

Here is an overview of all of our exciting new enhancements.

Brand new mobile application

Part of the recent updates include iPhone and Android app updates.

Features include:

- New map layers. Various radar and satellite layers. Also, you'll find lightning, local temp, wind speed and other related layer options to choose from. Temperature Contour and related layers are also available.

- Weather Alerts. US residents can receive critical weather alerts from their WeatherBug application.

- WeatherBug Today home screen. When you first launch WeatherBug on your mobile device, you'll instantly be presented with a fully customizable WeatherBug Today screen. This includes real-time lightning alerts using Spark lightning detection.

WeatherBug Home

In addition to the weather data functionality, we're also excited to announce that WeatherBug Home is available to Backyard Community members. WeatherBug Home users enjoy tracking their home's energy setpoints in order to determine how much energy is being used each day. WeatherBug Home supports NEST, Honeywell and SmartThings thermostats.

The WeatherBug Home functionality built into the new mobile app provides you with the ability to see how setpoint changes can save you money on your energy bill. Future features planned for WeatherBug Home include tracking how weather changes impact HVAC usage.

New Single Sign On system

As part of WeatherBug Home, we've launched a new single sign-on system. This means you're able to utilize a user account for WeatherBug Home, PWS, StreamerRT, Pulse API (for software developers), in addition to any future WeatherBug related product launches.

WeatherBug Home also provides its users with the ability to connect their utility usage data with the following utility companies.



- Beltrami Electric Cooperative

- Brainherd Public Utilities

- Fall River Rural Electric

- North Star Electric Company

- WPPI Energy

If your utility company isn't listed, simply sign up with WeatherBug Home to be alerted when your utility provider has been added.

Impacts to the WeatherBug Backyard Community

Due to the changes made to our network, PWS stations will temporarily be unavailable as a weather site selection from WeatherBug.com while we continue to roll out related updates. Those PWS participants who are submitting data are encouraged to continue to do so. But the data's visibility on the WeatherBug.com website is going to be temporarily unavailable until we finish with our needed upgrades. PWS is still a vital part of this community and we're looking forward to bringing it back into the fold on WeatherBug.com once the upgrades are complete.

Part of the PWS system upgrades include utilizing the new WeatherBug single sign-on feature. This is important as it allows us to provide even more functionality and additional subscription options with features that PWS users will enjoy. Also, this enables us to provide weather related home automation information that our community members can access. For international folks, the big feature upgrade will be the ability to get their PWS connected to send and receive data.

WeatherBug Backyard has been changed to better reflect our spirit of community. The new name is WeatherBug Community. In addition to the name change, we're ramping things up by driving new Website traffic to this site from WeatherBug.com. This means when you blog or share weather insights, more people than ever will be able to benefit from your experiences. The most active members will be eligible for WeatherBug Community incentives made possible by these upgrades.

Despite the temporary disconnect between WeatherBug products and the PWS stations, we're encouraging anyone interested in sending us weather data to go ahead and sign up as a PWS/Backyard user by clicking the registration link. This will make sure data is flowing to the system so when the upgrades are completed, you won't have any issues sending us data.

We appreciate your patience while we are working on improvements and stay tuned for more exciting additions and product launches. If you have concerns or just need clarification on something, feel free to contact me directly at mhartley@weatherbug.com

Matt Hartley

mhartley@weatherbug.com

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New Community Design

Hi everyone!

If you've visited the WeatherBug Community in the past couple of days, you'll notice the design of the community looks quite different from what you're used to seeing. As my colleague Matt Hartley pointed out in a previous announcement, WeatherBug and our parent company, Earth Networks, has undergone some massive new branding changes.

To ensure the WeatherBug Community consistently reflects the new WeatherBug.com and our new branding changes, we've…

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Welcome to the WeatherBug Community

We're glad you’re joining us on the WeatherBug Community. Here’s some tips to help you get started. 

1. Read our Community Guidelines. You’ll want to abide by them when contributing to the WeatherBug Community. 

2. Spice up your Profile. Add a profile pic, tell us about your weather interests, and link to your Personal Weather Station at WeatherBug.com. Just have fun customizing it. 

3. Start a Blog. Tell us about the weather happening in your neighborhood! Share us your weather stories and weather reports using your personal Weather Blog. 

4. Join a Group. We have a collection of various weather-related interest groups. Join some groups that fit your weather interests and have fun interacting with other fellow members.

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6. Get a Personal Weather Station. The WeatherBug Community is more fun when you have your own Personal Weather Station sending us your personal weather data. Learn more about getting a Personal Weather Station and sending your data to us. 

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A Trace of New Snow and A Llittle Sun for our Saturday Morning - Mid Michigan

Posted by Cathie Ursu on February 6, 2016 at 9:47am 0 Comments

Yesterday was mostly cloudy with snow flurries developing in the afternoon.  But all in all , not a bad day.  Our winter so far has been very nice and all of the bad weather seems to miss us.  We are lucky here in Michigan that El Nino brings us great winter weather, but not so in other parts of the country.  The eastern seaboard seems to get more than their share with yet another storm taking aim at them early this coming week.  We could get a few inches ourselves but nothing major is expected.

Right now (9:30 AM EST), our temp is 32°F, the humidity is 73%, and winds are from the southwest at 7 mph.  The dew point is 23°F and the pressure is 30.24" and steady.  The wind chill is 22°F.  Visibility is 7 miles.  Yesterday's high was 38°F and the overnight low was 25°F

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Light Snow in Sydney,Cape Breton Island

Posted by William W. on February 6, 2016 at 8:23am 0 Comments

Today periods of snow mixed with ice pellets ending this morning then clearing. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming west 30 gusting to 50 this morning. Temperature falling to minus 4°C this afternoon. Tonight a few clouds. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming southwest 20 after midnight. Low minus 7°C.

Temperature:-4.4°C-- Dewpoint:-6.0°C-- Humidity:89%-- Wind:WNW 23 gust 38 km/h-- Wind Chill: -11

Gaithersburg Maryland VP2 backyard weather station report for National Weatherperson's Day, Friday, February 5, 2016

Posted by Kevin Shaw on February 6, 2016 at 3:37am 0 Comments

On Friday, on National Weatherperson's Day, we had a bit of wintry weather overnight and during the early morning hours, but I was mostly sleeping through it. I did witness a light sleet shower just before 2 AM, and saw the little white balls that had accumulated on my fence. It was a fast moving storm, and by 11 AM we were clearing out and having a sunny rest of the daylight hours with temps reaching the low 40s. There was no accumulation that I saw. Tonight the temps have dropped through the 30s and now into the mid 20s at 3:15 AM. Over the weekend mostly sunny skies with highs in the low 40s on Saturday and partly cloudy in the upper 40s on Sunday with clouds Saturday night with lows in the lower 30s. Sunday night partly cloudy with lows in the 30s. Monday should become cloudy with high temps around 40, then snow possible on Monday night with lows in the low 30s. Amounts of snow to fall…

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Friday - February 5, 2016`s - Historical Climate Data !

Posted by William Elton Brantley on February 6, 2016 at 3:01am 0 Comments

Lowest Barometric Pressure : 30.36″ At 7 p.m.

Highest Barometric Pressure : 30.48″ At 10, 11 a.m.

Lowest Relative Humidity : 27% At 3, 4 p.m.

Highest Relative Humidity : 92% At 3, 4, 7 a.m.

Lowest Dew Point Temperature : 17° At 3, 4 p.m.

Highest Dew Point Temperature : 27° At 9 a.m., 10 p.m.

Lowest Wind Speed : Calm at 1 – 9 a.m., 12, 3, 6, 10, 11:59 p.m.

Highest Wind Gust : W – 17 m.p.h. at 3:09 p.m.

Lo : 21°, Coldest Wind Chill 18º at 12 a.m.

Normal : 30°

Record Warmest : 62° In 2008 !

Record Coldest : In 1996 !

Hi : 53°

Normal : 50°

Record Hottest : 77° In 2008 !

Record Coldest : 23° In 1989…

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Clear Skies And Spring-like Conditions In Southern California

Posted by Leon Dabbs on February 6, 2016 at 12:37am 0 Comments

Windy and dry across Southern California through early next week***

Strong surface high pressure over the Great Basin will bring offshore winds of mainly 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph to the mountains and below the canyons and passes of Southern California through early next week. The strongest winds will occur Sunday night through early Monday afternoon when offshore winds will increase to 20 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph. Significant warming and very low humidity will take place through Tuesday as a strong ridge of high pressure aloft builds into the West Coast from the Pacific. Maximum temperatures will be in the upper 40s and 50s across the mountains and mid 60s to mid 70s in the valleys today. The warmest valley locations of Southern California may reach 90 degrees on Tuesday…

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Light Rain in Sydney,Cape Breton Island

Posted by William W. on February 5, 2016 at 9:29am 0 Comments

Rain changing to freezing rain mixed with ice pellets this afternoon. Fog patches developing this morning. Rainfall amount 10 to 15 mm. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h this morning. Temperature falling to minus 1°C this afternoon. Tonight Freezing rain mixed with ice pellets changing to snow and local blowing snow after midnight. Snow and ice pellet amount 5 cm. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming northwest 40 gusting to 70 after midnight. Low minus 3°C.

Temperature:3.6°C-- Dewpoint:3.5°C-- Humidity:99%-- Wind:SSE 8 km/h

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On Friday, on National Weatherperson's Day, we had a bit of wintry weather overnight and during the early morning hours, but I was mostly sleeping through it. I did witness a light sleet shower just before 2 AM, and saw the little white balls that had accumulated on my fence. It was a fast moving storm, and by 11 AM we were clearing out and having a sunny rest of the daylight hours with temps reaching the low 40s. There was no accumulation that I saw. Tonight the temps have dropped through the…See More
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Friday - February 5, 2016`s - Historical Climate Data !

Lowest Barometric Pressure : 30.36″ At 7 p.m. Highest Barometric Pressure : 30.48″ At 10, 11 a.m.Lowest Relative Humidity : 27% At 3, 4 p.m. Highest Relative Humidity : 92% At 3, 4, 7 a.m.Lowest Dew Point Temperature : 17° At 3, 4 p.m. Highest Dew Point Temperature : 27° At 9 a.m., 10 p.m.Lowest Wind Speed : Calm at 1 – 9 a.m., 12, 3, 6, 10, 11:59 p.m. Highest Wind Gust : W – 17 m.p.h. at 3:09 p.m.Lo : 21°, Coldest Wind Chill 18º at 12 a.m. Normal : 30° Record Warmest : 62° In 2008 ! Record…See More
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Winter storm causes lots of problems from NYC to New England today. Latest... http://ow.ly/Y0oOj

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Heavy, wet snow spreading power outages across parts of eastern New England... http://ow.ly/Y0iOR

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This morning Great Falls surpassed Niagara Falls average flow rate of 84,000 CFS. Great Falls flowing at 117,000 CFS shown in video.

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The river crested early this morning. Currently this is what 117,000 CFS or about 875,220 gallons per/sec looks like. Where else have you seen water this powerful? Mother Nature is putting on a truly awesome show here today.

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Snow Totals: Islip, N.Y., leads the pack with 10 inches, Bangor, Maine has 5 inches and Providence, R.I., 4 inches.

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