This plugin (as do most weather plugins) for some reason at random times completely crashes my server. I have an Amazon EC2 EBS backed medium instance, so it isn't one of those $5.99 a month shared hosting packages.
Once or twice a week, the time seems to be random, this plugin causes CPU usage to skyrocket to 100% for several minutes, causing the server to stop responding and requiring a restart. It _is_ this plugin, as it only happens when it is enabled.
Is there any way to prevent this? I've already set the refresh to once every two hours, so it isn't running the update very often. What is causing it? I know it has something to do with weather sites because every plugin I've ever used to display the weather causes a similar problem.
Which of the transfer methods result in the least server load? Is there a specific weather service that uses less server overhead?
Normally the instance runs 20-30% of CPU - so an increase of 70-80% for the weather plugin is way too high.