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Convective Outlook
April 27

Preparing for Severe Weather with Convective Outlooks

Severe weather season is continuing this week, with several days of severe weather forecast across the central and southeastern US. Convective outlooks provide insight into the potential for severe weather for up to a week out, giving the probabilities of areas seeing severe weather such as large hail, damaging winds, and even tornadoes. We continue our severe weather product series where we highlight severe weather-related features of the Aeris API and Aeris Maps platform. Last time, we discussed our storm cell features and how they provide information on where storms are currently and where they’re heading. This time, we’re going to look at convective...

Aeris Android SDK v2.0
April 26

Aeris Android SDK v2.0 Has Arrived!

Pretty much any time we hear someone say “version 2.0”, it conjures up images of things all shiny and new, with the promise of improvement and innovation around every corner. This milestone release of Aeris Android SDK v2.0 is no different, bringing with it a full arsenal of Aeris API endpoints, AMP map layers, a improved permissions set and updated dependencies. It’s everything you need to create the next groundbreaking Android weather app!   Version 2.0 At a Glance While the development team toiled away on version 2.0 of the SDK, we posted a few betas to get some early feedback on...

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April 17

Better Weather Maps as AMP Continues to Grow

Over the past year, we have continued to expand and improve the Aeris Maps Platform (AMP) by adding many new features, capabilities, visualization tools and new weather layers. Recently we’ve pushed out several updates that have added and improved on over 25 weather layers. There have also been additional updates to our Map Builder, AMP Visualizer, and Legend Builder tools.  These new layers and features allow you to create unique weather maps and visualizations for your websites, visual displays, and mobile applications. Making Weather Maps Global Our Aeris API has always been a global API, providing worldwide observations, forecasts and more.  Our focus in 2017 is to make...

Storms around Atlanta, GA
April 12

Storm Cells – Tracking the Storms

Where are the storms? Where are they heading? What cities are in their path? With severe weather season in full swing, these are some common questions that can be answered using data from current storm cells. This article is the second in our series highlighting the severe weather-related features of the Aeris API. In our first article, we highlighted the various severe weather features of the Aeris API. This time, we will expand on the storm cells API endpoint and AMP layers. The stormcells endpoint provides information on the individual storm cells across the United States, including Puerto Rico and Guam....

Severe Weather Endpoints
April 6

Severe Weather with the Aeris API

Severe weather season is upon us again. Unfortunately major outbreaks have already occurred across the Southern Plains and throughout the Southeastern U.S. recently. Over the past week, more than 100 tornado-related and over 500 hail reports have been received. Our Aeris Weather API provides a variety of severe weather-related endpoints you can use in your own applications so you and your users stay on top of threatening conditions. All of the severe weather endpoints we’ll review are available via our Aeris API Premium and free developer accounts. This article will be the first in a series detailing our severe weather-related endpoints. We will first highlight the severe...

Aeris Android SDK v2.0
March 22

Aeris Android SDK v2 Beta 3 – It’s All About the Maps

We’re happy to announce the arrival of the Aeris Android SDK, Beta 3! So as you might have gleaned from the title, this beta is all about maps. With this update, we concentrated on improved integration of our Aeris Maps Platform (AMP). For an example of the map updates, check out the Demo app. It provides examples of the variety of the available layers and modifier options. You’ll also notice that there is now support for setting the Google base map type to “none”. As a result, you can choose whether you want the standard Google base layers or AMP’s...

Aeris Android SDK v2.0
December 21

The Aeris Android SDK v2 Beta is Here!

Just in time for your holiday coding free time, our Aeris Android Development team has pushed a beta release of the much anticipated Aeris Android SDK v2 beta update!  (We knew you were worried about not having anything fun to work on between Christmas and New Years…) Why Bother with a Beta? The SDK v2 Beta release is a preview update to allow developer access to the features and changes made thus far. Our hope is that by allowing early access to the major breaking changes, we can make your transition to v2 less daunting. After all, horribly complex version...

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December 7

There’s a Weather Index For That!

We are all familiar with the direct impact weather conditions can have on our day-to-day lives. There are days where hanging out at the beach seems like a no-brainer. On the contrary, we have all experienced circumstances that prevented us from doing something as simple as driving to the supermarket. As technologies have advanced we have been able to not only observe and report current conditions, but also accurately provide weather forecasts. To some degree, we can literally predict the future. But what if we took that one step further? What if we were able to forecast the potential for...

3d view of Matthew
September 28

Blending Data with Aeris Maps

With Tropical Storm Matthew heading towards the Caribbean, we’ve been testing our upcoming tropical layers for the Aeris Maps Platform. In the process, we also experimented with combining different layers with some of the advanced AMP features such as blends: With the above image, we combined the flat-dk and water-depth base layers. Then added the high-resolution visible satellite imagery with a hard-light blend: flat-dk,water-depth,sat-vis-hires:blend(hard-light) The hard light blend allows the blue from the water layer to mix with the darker areas of the visible satellite while leaving the clouds white. Adding the lightning strike density layer to the map, which...

June 16

Recreating the Parallax Menu in Aeris Pulse iOS

We’ve had several users of our Aeris Weather iOS SDK ask us about whether the parallax UITableViewCells in the map layer menu of Aeris Pulse was available as part of the SDK, or how we achieved the effect.   Although this menu is not offered as part of our iOS SDK, it’s really easy to implement. There are just a few main steps you need to perform to get this effect working in your own apps. The following code samples are provided using Swift, but can easily be ported over to Objective-C if you haven’t jumped into Swift yet. Generate background images...