This is the same thing that happened to the Apple Translation widget nearly two years ago. And I got yanked around by customer support about it, and then told I would have to pay for support for it (and since they refuse to support old systems, I just hung up on them).
There is something others out there should be aware of, that I noticed immediately, which implies Apple let hackers into their servers…
When it stopped working, the day after, the widget started "dialing out" to untrustworthy addresses, including locations that have reported malware being installed into Windows machines. Though this typically would not worry me, I logged more than 300 different addresses that were attempted (and blocked) to 3 different servers that had nothing to do with weather or Apple. Most of them went to the first server that it started dialing to… something with "panther" in the address. Attempts to actually go to some of the addresses all returned errors… generated by the software on the server. So, if they weren't actively trying to install malware or hacking installed software, then it was probably scrounging for information.
This was definitely being accomplished through the weather widget, since blocked from access.
Has anyone else noticed this rather troubling behavior?
Don't know why it says "FIXED" in the previous post. It's only fixed if you have an Intel machine, upgrade to Snow Leopard or higher and hack around in the system files.
Don't get me wrong... I'm messing around in the system all the time and use the Terminal frequently. But I don't have an Intel machine.
If someone knows how to correct this for Tiger users, it would be appreciated.
However, while playing around with this I found out several things. The AccuWeather widget also used the "panther" addresses mentioned a couple posts up. Apparently those URLs were used by AccuWeather's servers for some reason (why there were nearly 100 different URLs that varied only by 2 or 3 numbers, boggles my mind). However as of this afternoon (11/15/2011) the addresses AccuWeather and the Apple Weather widgets used, suddenly changed, and they have now returned to the wu.apple and apple.accuweather addresses.
The problem, the standard weather widget still fails to receive weather data and stays blank with just the degree symbol in the corner, and several dashes for temperatures. The AccuWeather widget does work (though it went to an edgesuite address once already for some reason). I hate the thing as it is very hard to read and harder to figure out what the abstract symbols are at the size they are with the backgrounds they are on.
Why they are playing games with the addresses, I don't know. And the several hundred other addresses the standard Weather widget was going to (the ones at the questionable locations), still hasn't been explained.
Again, can someone please help us find a correction for non-intel machines, or at least let us know if Apple will correct this where the problem lies... at the server end?
It's working again!
To be clear: I gave up on trying to do the "fix" described earlier and put the old "widgetresourses" folder back in place. It appears somebody at Apple or Accuweather fixed this on the back end.
Very cool. I'd become quite addicted to that nice little widget.
(BTW. I noticed it was missing a day on the iPhone version today, so must be there's been some tinkering going on...)
Tiger and Leopard weather widgets stopped working a week or so ago. Something either Apple did, or Accuweather which appears to provide the feed, was undone for those versions but not Snow Leopard or Lion.
Other weather widgets for OSX provided by third parties (Accuweather, Weather Underground, something-orange mentioned on the Leopard discussion on this topic) do function, but many prefer the original versions that came with the operating system. Somebody on the Leopard forum also posted a system files hack using Snow Leopard's WidgetResources to get the old widgets to work. Some people got this to work, others didn't.
Yesterday (Nov. 17, 2011) the old widgets started working again (thank-you whoever at Apple or Accuweather!). Whatever had been undone was back up and running. I double checked this as I write and all 3 weather widgets I have installed (Accuweather's, Tiger's, Weather Underground's) are working. I should note that my Tiger version still has the modifications recommended on the Leopard forum but others who had not applied this modification reported the old widget working yesterday.
If you're having problems with all weather widgets (even third party) then it sounds like some problem unrelated to the ones others were having. Have you tried repairing permissions on your computer, or simply restarting the computer?
Yes, I can confirm that the issue has now been resolved with the Apple servers. The widget now works (on Tiger), and actually is jumping to the correct two addresses, instead of the massive list of odd addresses it was accessing two weeks ago.
Considering how many different threads about this were started (and probable bug reports), I don't think they had any choice but to get someone to correct it.
…and thanks, to whoever actually did.