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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 10:52 PM   #1
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Has anyone else's dashboard weather widget become broken?

last time I restarted my machine it tried to load up Vancouver for me and is no longer able. It also lists Vancouver as "Vancouver, Canada(BC)" now instead of "Vancouver, British Columbia."

Odd, annoying.
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 11:27 PM   #2
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Works fine in the GTA right now. Why would you want up to the minute Vancouver weather information? I thought it was just:

nice day: nice day :nice day: nice day :nice day
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 11:47 PM   #3
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Old Jun 20th, 2005, 12:35 AM   #4
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PB - Mine is broken also, as I've had to keep closing it since it seems my widgets lately have a habit of leaking memory like no tomorrow. (For some reason all the widgets I had open that grab information from the internet ballooned to 100MB in real memory each.)

Two days ago I did find that it wouldn't load Calgary, so I loaded Cupertino first and then switched to Calgary and it worked fine. I'm not sure why it's not working.
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Old Jun 20th, 2005, 01:27 AM   #5
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Well, it works fine here.. but it did the same thing about one week ago, I just had to wait and got back to normal in about three days, I think. Anyway, the problem here is not the widget itself but the ultimately crappy accuweather API which can't handle the amount of requests and is completely unoptimized and slow. I still wonder why Apple didn't choose some other weather site for the widget.
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Old Jun 20th, 2005, 03:50 AM   #6
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Why would you want up to the minute Vancouver weather information? I thought it was just:

nice day: nice day :nice day: nice day :nice day
Actually, it's more like :

Monday: nice
Tuesday: rain
Wednesday: nice
Thursday: nice
Friday: rain
Saturday: rain
Sunday: sunny/partly cloudy

more or less, anyway.

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Two days ago I did find that it wouldn't load Calgary, so I loaded Cupertino first and then switched to Calgary and it worked fine
I've tried having it load other cities first, but it still won't load Vancouver. It will load Vancouver, WA, just not Vancouver, BC.

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Anyway, the problem here is not the widget itself but the ultimately crappy accuweather API which can't handle the amount of requests and is completely unoptimized and slow. I still wonder why Apple didn't choose some other weather site for the widget.
I was thinking the same thing. Or something similar, anyway. I think they went with AccuWeather because it's one of few sites that lists weather for lots and lots of places and has a fairly easy to access API.
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Old Jun 20th, 2005, 07:58 AM   #7
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I found the same thing as However; the weather forcast for either Peterborough or Toronto is always off that of the weather channel, which is much more accurate. I don't know why this is; maybe it's an older forecast. For this reason, it's useless, which is too bad.
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Old Jun 20th, 2005, 08:18 AM   #8
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Mine was broken for about a day or so... couldn't get weather for Ottawa and Fredericton. I'm thinking it might be a server issue with AccuWeather.
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Old Jun 20th, 2005, 02:15 PM   #10
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This morning it started working again. Seems like it is indeed a server issue.

Out of curiosity, I just double checked the forecast with the Environment Canada forcast, and they're only off by one degree.

Are people really getting forecasts that are that far off?
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