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How come I can no longer automate the way I get READY meteorological products and why do I now need to enter a random password for every product I request?

Our website has been receiving an increasing number of automated requests for the READY programs on our webserver. These requests were coming at a rate of several requests per second by several users over extended periods of time, overwhelming our system, and causing many response problems for our regular customers such as yourself. The decision was to either remove the programs from the web, since they are only provided as a method to interpret the HYSPLIT transport and dispersion model results, or make it so that only users could not access the products using these automated methods. The latter was decided. So, it will make it somewhat more difficult for you to get the products you need, but at least you can still access the product by going through our step-by-step menus.

Glenn Rolph
Modified: September 23, 2008
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