Blog: General

Aeris Android SDK
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...

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...

Example image of data visualization
May 16

Data Visualizations – Making Weather Interactive

Each day, we process terabytes of data for use with our Aeris Weather API and Aeris Maps Platform and are always looking for improved ways to visualize all the data. D3.js is one of the most popular data visalization libraries for the web. By combining D3.js with other open-source libraries such as Crossfilter and DC.js, as well as our own Aeris Weather API, some great weather data visualizations are possible. Interactive Storm Reports Last month there were just under 11,000 storm reports across the US, which includes data on tornadoes, hail size, snowfall, rainfall and more. Visualizing such a large amount of...

AerisWeather AMP
May 5

AerisWeather Now Integrated with WhirlyGlobe-Maply

AerisWeather is now integrated with the WhirlyGlobe-Maply mobile toolkit! Mousebird Consulting Inc. does high performance mobile data display. They make the WhirlyGlobe-Maply open source geo-spatial toolkit for iOS and Android. The toolkit is a mobile first SDK used in a variety of weather, aerospace, map, and education apps. The WhirlyGlobe-Maply toolkit already supports a wide variety of weather and aviation apps, so they just made it easier to fetch AerisWeather data layers. There are a few new MaplyAeris objects in the toolkit. These take your AerisWeather key, interrogate the available layers, and set up the necessary WhirlyGlobe-Maply objects. Get started...

Aeris Pulse App Store
March 3

Aeris Pulse is now featured on the App Store

Now featured on the App Store as one of the best new apps, Aeris Pulse is the premiere severe weather app for iOS and Android! Never be surprised by the weather again with Aeris Pulse’s exclusive approaching weather threats. Using your current GPS location, Aeris Pulse highlights where the weather threats are relative to you. Receive push notifications and in-app alerts when hazardous or severe weather approaches your current location. Push notifications detail everything from heavy rainfall to severe storms with hail, lightning, and even tornadoes possible. You can also choose to receive notifications for National Weather Service (NWS) warnings for...

Aeris Android SDK
January 15

Aeris Android Alpo – Eating Our Own Dogfood

The term “Eating Your Own Dogfood” or “Dogfooding”, has spread throughout the tech industry in the past 20 years.  Back on the farm we used a slightly different way to say the same thing (something about dogs and where they sleep) but it all means basically the same thing: it’s the idea of using the products we make to ensure that things actually work the way we say they do.  The Aeris Android development project recently gave me a “no thank you bite” of my own. Dinner is Served When I sat down to pen the developer’s blog this week,...

January 7

Playing Nicely Together: Swift, Dependencies and Cocoapods

We recently pushed out version 2.2.2 of our Aeris Weather SDK for iOS to fix some issues with using Objective-C and Swift modules in Xcode 7 and Cocoapods. While tweaking our internal projects to better support modules, we ran into this dreaded compiler error in Swift 1.2 when trying to build the updated libraries: And apparently we weren’t alone. There were many of these errors and they all appeared within the umbrella headers of each of our frameworks, Aeris.h for example. At first we figured it was some weirdness caused by using our ObjC Aeris libraries in a Swift project,...

December 17

Is Your Cache Crispy Fresh?

Our big project these days is a major overhaul of our map tile servers for our Weather Overlays API. We’re moving the entire codebase over to Node.js and using mapnik to generate tile images. Performance and resource usage is a major concern. We need to generate images for more than 20 different weather data sets, some of which update as often as every 2 minutes. To keep our maps snappy and not break the bank, we need to do a really good job caching at every level of resource creation. There are several great caching libraries out there, but we had...