Blog

Transatlantic dust storm
June 14

Warm Nights Biggest Killer in Heat Waves – Cicadas Showing Up on Doppler Radar – Tracking “Godzilla”: Massive 2020 Atlantic Dust Storm

NOAA Research: Warm Nighttime Temperatures Pose Greatest Risk It’s not as viscerally terrifying as a tornado, hurricane or flood, but excessive heat is a bigger killer than all three. In the last 6 decades the number of annual heat waves in 50 US cities has, on average, tripled. I was working in Chicago in 1995 when a sudden “heat storm” sent the heat index to 120F. Over the span of 5 days 739 people died from the heat, many of them elderly poor residents without A/C, many afraid to open their winds for fear of crime. Research suggests that steamy...

Man standing on dock at lake
June 14

Using Drones to Improve Hurricane Forecasts – Capturing Floodwaters Can Reduce Drought Impacts

Header Image: Paul Douglas Lake Effect Old Fashioned A/C. Cool water in Lake Superior kicked off a little reverse-lake effect a few days ago, the leading edge of this relief-front lake-breeze pushing a wall of insects and dust inland, showing up on Doppler radar (above). During the day the land heads up rapidly, pulling chilly air as much as 50-75 miles inland. NOAA hopes to test the ALTIUS-600 in hurricanes this season.AREA-I, WRDW Georgia-Made Drones to Help Improve Hurricane Forecasting. Here’s an excerpt from a post at WRDW.com: “…NOAA has been working on this technology with NASA since 2004. The latest...

June 10

Announcing Minutely Precipitation Forecasts

How soon will it rain? How intense will it be? As of today, these questions can now be answered with the release of our new Minutely Precipitation support! Last year, we introduced the conditions endpoint that provides current weather conditions for any global location. Since, we’ve continued to enhance this endpoint and expanded our global historical access through 2011. Now we are excited to announce the conditions endpoint can now support Minutely Precipitation forecasts. What is a Minutely Precipitation Forecast? Minutely Precipitation provides the forecast precipitation rate in 1-minute intervals for the next 60 minutes. AerisWeather generates these high-resolution forecasts...

June 10

Routing with the Javascript SDK

Weather greatly affects the transportation and logistics industry, especially when that weather turns inclement with considerable impacts. With the recent release of 1.5.0 of our Javascript SDK, you can now plot custom driving routes alongside critical weather data between destinations using our new Routing module. This new routing module allows you to plan and adjust your fleet’s routing to minimize weather impacts while enroute. Getting Started with the Routing Module To start using the Routing module, you’d set up your project as you would with any of our other lazy-loaded built-in modules. Therefore, you’ll need to follow the module setup instructions...

Mobile App Features
June 9

6 AerisWeather Features to Convert Mobile App Users to Paid Subscribers

In 2020 alone, mobile apps from the App Store and Google Play Store grossed more than $111 billion from in-app purchases according to SensorTower – a nearly three-fold increase from 2016. With so many great mobile apps launching every day in a hyper-competitive market, developers need to understand what options they have in providing value to app users to remain relevant in the marketplace. We’ve all thumbed through poorly-designed apps and been interrupted by ads that completely disrupt the user experience, it’s unpleasant and distracting when done incorrectly. As an alternate means of monetization, weather-influenced apps are rapidly shifting their model to...

Dark Sky API Replacement
June 8

Migrate From the Dark Sky API to AerisWeather Without Writing a Single Line of Code

With Apple’s acquisition of Dark Sky in April, 2020, it was announced that they would no longer accept new API signups and sunset existing accounts by the end of 2021. With that day rapidly approaching, we are excited to share the following guide for migrating your current Dark Sky subscription to AerisWeather, a popular Dark Sky API replacement, without ever writing a single API query. Thanks to our powerful Wizards, you’ll gain the ability to drop accurate and reliable AerisWeather API queries into your scripts and applications with just a few clicks. As a bonus, we’ve highlighted geographic region expansion...

Jonesboro Tornado
June 8

Expanding Heat – Expanding Drought – Hurricane Tools – Shift in Tornado Alley?

NOAA Welcome to the Dog Days of June ”It’s so hot your clothes iron themselves.” “Wait, it’s so hot they installed a fan in the debt ceiling!” True story. From a Polar Vortex in February to the Vegas Vortex in June, all signs point to an unusually hot and dry summer. This is just the first wave. For the record, June brings an average of 3 days of 90s. We’re about to experience 9 days of 90s in a row, for the first time in 5 years. If anyone asks, July is still the hottest month of the year. This...

June 4

Western Heat Wave Expands North and East – Most Critical Weather Forecast of WWII

NOAA The First Heat Wave of Summer is Here Men will sweat. Women will glow. Dogs will pant. Cats won’t care. An antiperspirant airmass pushes into Minnesota on a gusty, blast-furnace breeze, pushing the mercury into the mid to upper 90s the next few days. That’s 120-140 degrees warmer than it was just 4 months ago, during The February of Our Discontent. All-time temperature records will be set. Today’s record at MSP is 96F (possible) but tomorrow’s record high on 92 will be broken by lunchtime. I would not be surprised to see 100-degree heat north and west of the...

June 2

Heat Wave Building – Hottest Spot on Earth – Hurricane and Derecho Season Begins

ECMWF Temperature Anomaly (F) from June 4-11.weatherbell.com A July-Like Hot Front Is Shaping Up I don’t mind the heat at all. Then again, I can go indoors and fall asleep in air conditioned comfort – or go jump in a lake, as I’m encouraged to do frequently. Where can I enjoy the most extreme heat on Planet Earth? I sell my condo in Death Valley, California and purchase a cheap timeshare in Iran’s Lut Desert to experience otherworldly heat. A recent analysis of satellite data shows this salt desert in eastern Iran has seen temperatures as high as 177.4F, the...

June 2

Drought Intensifies Western USA – Heat Forecast to Build – Will 5G Improve Severe Storm Warnings?

Jeff Berardelli, Twitter NOAA, CBS News NOAA, CBS News Slow Simmer. June will be a hot month for most of the nation, a little relief predicted for the Pacific Northwest by mid-month, but most of the United States will be united in our need for air conditioning and large, cool bodies of water. NOAA NOAA 2020 HurricanesNOAA Hurricane Special: National Storm Surge Forecast Model Updated, Increases Time Needed in Case of Evacuation. CBS Miami has news of upgraded storm surge predictions coming for the 2021 hurricane season; here’s an excerpt: “…There are parts of southern Dade, a storm surge can...