The latest news from WU is that on April 3, 2017, they are dropping:
- Member blogs
- SMS alerts
Whilst I do not use any of those features, I observe they are dropping services at a good clip. For example, they recently dropped two features that I did use occasionally:
- NOAA weather radio
- Aviation features
I also note that for the last week, they have dropped posting my webcam images to my WU dashboard. I know they are receiving the uploads because I can view them when I go to the Webcam section.
In my opinion, the best feature they have is the extrapolation of the weather forecast localised for my latitude and longitude based on the weather data uploaded from my weather station. In my case, it has been, by far, the most accurate forecast I can get for snow at my house. It is somewhat less accurate for rain forecasting, but still better than the forecast I can get from several places for the closest airport. When they drop this service, it will be time for me to drop them.
As a side note, in the area of the mountain where I live, I used to be the only PWS uploading to WU. In the last year, several Netatmo stations have popped up. I note that their weather data is not even remotely close to mine for temperature, humidity and rainfall and none of them report wind. So far, they have not impacted the quality of the extrapolated forecasts. Perhaps more weight is given to the personal weather stations that earn the coveted WU Gold Star of Quality award.
It will be interesting to see if WU retains anything valuable when they are finished pruning.