Wx Status Blog

This blog will be updated whenever I become aware of issues affecting normal operation of Wx.
Craig Hunter, Developer



Saturday May 23 2015 7:05PM EDT
The NWS has moved some of the maps used in Wx without proper redirects. In the Mac version of Wx, this can be corrected by editing the map URL and replacing "hcp" in the server name with "wcp". For example, the National Forecast map changes from:

    http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/noaa/national_forecast.jpg

to:

    http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/noaa/national_forecast.jpg

On iPhone an iPad versions of Wx (which do not let you edit maps) you can create a new custom map using the revised URL.


Thursday Feb 19 2015 2:55PM EDT
Some time periods (Friday, Friday night, Saturday) are missing in the graphical point forecast. Upon examination, the NWS XML feed has empty data for these periods, so Wx is gracefully handling the problem by skipping over those time slots. I have reported this issue to the NWS.

Sunday Apr 6 2014 8:49PM EDT
Wx for iPhone 2.0 has been submitted to Apple for review. This version of Wx pulls text forecast data from an alternate source, after the NWS broke the old data format during server upgrades in mid March (see March 14 entry below). It also contains a new iOS 7 interface and many other tweaks. Wx for iPad 2.0.1 has also been submitted. It contains interface tweaks and a slider to control the interface brightness level.

Sunday Apr 6 2014 8:49PM EDT
Wx for iPad 2.0 is available from the iTunes App Store. This version of Wx pulls text forecast data from an alternate source, after the NWS broke the old data format during server upgrades in mid March (see March 14 entry below). The Wx for iPhone update is in progress.

Thursday Apr 3 2014 7:49PM EDT
Wx for Mac 6.2.1 is now available from the Mac App Store. This version of Wx pulls text forecast data from an alternate source, after the NWS broke the old data format during server upgrades in mid March (see March 14 entry below). Wx for iPad 2.0 has been submitted to Apple for review. Wx for iPhone is next on the list.

Tuesday Apr 1 2014 3:49PM EDT
Wx for Mac 6.2.1 has been submitted to Apple for review. This version of Wx pulls text forecast data from an alternate source, after the NWS broke the old data format during server upgrades in mid March (see March 14 entry below). iPad and iPhone updates are in progress.

Friday Mar 28 2014 11:39AM EDT
The NWS has been unable to restore the XML text forecast feed they broke two weeks ago in a server update (see March 14 entry below). I will modify Wx to pull text forecasts from another source. I hope to have the coding done by early next week, and will submit Mac, iPhone, and iPad updates to Apple for review.

Friday Mar 21 2014 12:00PM EDT
The NWS is aware of the problem with text forecast data, which resulted from updates to their website breaking input URL formats used to request data (see March 14 entry below). They are looking into the problem, but no fix has been made yet.

Friday Mar 14 2014 12:59PM EDT
The NWS servers are experiencing technical difficulties, which is causing stale forecast data to show up in Wx, and missing text forecasts for some users. If the NWS is able to fix this on their end, Wx resume normal operation. If not, we will release software updates as soon as possible (subject to Apple app review scheduling).

Sunday Nov 17 2013 08:29PM EDT
The NWS servers are experiencing technical difficulties, which is preventing Wx from retreiving data. Once the NWS fixes the problems on their end, Wx will resume normal operation.

Friday Aug 16 2013 09:55AM EST
The NWS server is down for certain regions and products. Right now it's only affecting the graphical forecast in Wx. You can switch to the text forecast or pro forecast as backup until the NWS fixes their problems.

Wednesday Feb 20 2013 09:45PM EST
The NWS forecast server is giving out bad data affecting night time periods in Wx's summary forecast. Wx is skipping these time periods to avoid showing bad data, so you may see some evening periods missing from the summary forecast. I have notified the NWS of the problem, which is on their end.

Saturday Nov 10 2012 08:42AM EST
An NWS server outage is affecting the pro forecast in all versions of Wx (graphical and text forecasts are unaffected at the moment). As soon as this is resolved by the NWS, Wx will automatically fetch and display proper data.

Tuesday Jul 3 2012 01:01PM EDT
The NWS has rolled back the text forecast to the previous format, which means all older versions of Wx will once again work properly. This also means that the new versions of Wx prepared last evening are no longer required (in fact, now they are broken). I have removed the updated Wx versions (1.4.5 on iPhone and iPad and 6.1.3 on Mac) from the App Store review queue until further notice. Customers should continue using the existing versions of Wx, which are 1.4.4 on iPhone and iPad and 6.1.2 on Mac.

Monday Jul 2 2012 11:47PM EDT
Wx for Mac 6.1.3 has been submitted to Apple. This version contains a fix for unannounced changes in the NWS text forecast feed and satellite map URLs.

Monday Jul 2 2012 10:48PM EDT
Wx for iPhone 1.4.5 and Wx for iPad 1.4.5 have been submitted to Apple with a request for an expedited review. These apps contain a fix for unannounced changes in the NWS text forecast feed that were causing crash issues.

Monday Jul 2 2012 05:27PM EDT
The NWS has changed the data format of text forecasts without notice. On the Mac version of Wx, the forecast may no longer be showing. On the iOS versions of Wx, the data may cause the app to crash. A fix for all versions of Wx is in progress and will be uploaded to Apple as soon as possible.

Friday Jun 8 2012 11:15AM EDT
The NWS forecast database seems to have resumed normal operation as of 11:15AM eastern time. Upon next reload, Wx should pick up new data from the servers.

Friday Jun 8 2012 07:45AM EDT
An NWS server outage is affecting the graphical point forecast in all versions of Wx (pro and text forecasts are unaffected). As soon as this is resolved by the NWS, Wx will automatically fetch and display proper data.

Thursday Oct 13 2011 10:40AM EDT
NDFD issues seem to be on the mend. Most of the pro forecast graphs in Wx are displaying correctly now. As the NDFD database is fully populated, more and more of the pro forecast content will come back to proper form.

Thursday Oct 13 2011 07:23AM EDT
NDFD issues continue into Thursday. These primarily affect the pro forecast in Wx, but occasionally impact the point forecast as well. The NWS is aware of the problem, and working on a fix.

Wednesday Oct 12 2011 04:28AM EDT
The NDFD is not returning proper forecast data and there seem to be multiple outages at the NWS. I have reported the issue.

Wednesday Oct 5 2011 07:58AM EDT
The NDFD is not returning full 7-day data for the point forecast. I have reported the issue to the NWS.

Saturday Oct 1 2011 10:12AM EDT
The NWS is doing major server maintenance the weekend of October 1-2. Some service outages may occur, which could affect operation of Wx 5.4 and 6.1 on Mac, and Wx on iPhone and iPad. Apologies for any inconvenience. All newer versions of Wx cache data, and present whatever data was most recently downloaded.

Also, note that changes in the NWS current conditions format are causing Wx to incorrectly display a gust speed of 0.0 mph in cases when there is no measured gust. I have reported this issue to the NWS. If an update to Wx is required, I will work on it next week once the NWS servers are back to normal operation.

Friday September 23 2011 12:01AM EDT
The NDFD feed is back to normal operation, and Point/Pro forecasts in Wx are functioning properly.

Thursday September 22 2011 7:44PM EDT
The NWS has developed a fix for the NDFD script issue, and will put it into production on their servers Friday morning. Wx will resume normal operation at that point.

Thursday September 22 2011 7:14PM EDT
The NWS NDFD scripts broke in the transition to a new server. The NWS is aware of the problem and working on a fix. The Point and Pro forecasts in Wx cannot pull data until this issue is fixed, however the text zone forecast remains operational.

Thursday September 22 2011 12:47PM EDT
The NWS made some server changes at 11AM today, and the NDFD feeds are no longer returning valid data. I have reported the issue to the NWS.

Monday August 29 2011 10:47AM EDT
Due to damage or power loss associated with Hurricane Irene, many NWS observation sites in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the US are down. In addition, some Doppler radar sites areas are out of service until further notice. You may revise your locations in Wx to use alternate or nearby sites until your local sites are back in operation. Please direct questions about weather and radar sites to your local NWS office (see www.weather.gov).

Thursday Jun 2 2011 10:27AM EDT
The current conditions feed is once again operating properly. Thanks to the NWS for the quick fix.

Thursday Jun 2 2011 09:50AM EDT
The current conditions feed contains stale data. I have reported the issue to the NWS.