September 15

All about API rate limits

What is rate limiting? Rate limiting is used to control the rate of requests sent and received from the AerisWeather API. The purpose of rate limiting is to prevent our clients from taxing system resources on our end, ensuring that the API runs efficiently as expected, for all clients, and at all times. It is a standard practice employed by APIs, including our own AerisWeather API, to help prevent performance hitches or outages. Rate limits differ between subscription tiers. Our rate limits apply to each tier by referring to the “accesses/minute max” number on our Pricing Plans page here. If...

Lighting Threats
September 1

Forecast lightning threats with the lightning/threats endpoint

Where is lightning occurring? Where will lightning strikes occur in 15 minutes? In the next hour? When it comes to client, employee, and asset safety, these are all valid questions; the answers to which have the potential to alleviate damage and harm. AerisWeather has already been providing answers to the first question through the Lightning Add-On with access to lightning strikes globally. The answers to questions 2 and 3 were a bit more complicated to pin down, but with access to Vaisala’s world-renowned lightning network, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve cracked lightning forecasting and can now provide an answer...

August 18

Visualize Hurricane Hilary with Stunning New MapsGL Demos

Stunning new demos – just in time to track Hurricane Hilary’s path. It’s a historic week for the Vaisala Xweather team for a few reasons: We’ve just launched our brand-new demo site on the AerisWeather website. This new demo portal allows users to toggle between MapsGL (vector) and Maps (raster) layers to visualize global weather impacts with industry and use case-specific focuses. California received its first-ever tropical storm watch today, with the currently-Category 4 Hurricane Hilary expected to make landfall as a tropical storm late Sunday night into the wee hours of Monday morning. We’re marrying these two events to...

August 10

Announcing Our New Renewable Energy API Dataset

At Vaisala Xweather, we’re committed to providing the renewable energy industry with the most accurate and comprehensive data available. That’s why we’re excited to introduce our new Renewable Energy dataset available through our Flex API, a first-of-its-kind offering that will assist in revolutionizing renewable energy operations. Our new energy/farm endpoint provides energy output data for wind and solar energy-producing sites across the US and Canada. The endpoint delivers estimated observations and forecasted energy output, providing crucial insights for various applications within the renewable energy industry.  Here are some key benefits and use cases of this API endpoint: 1. Accurate forecasting: The endpoint...

3D Road Weather Summary of New York
July 27

Vaisala Xweather’s Cutting-Edge Road Weather API

Vaisala Xweather’s groundbreaking road weather endpoint and mapping solutions are finally live! Synergizing advanced weather forecasting and sensor expertise, the Road Weather API offers precise, timely road weather data and a detailed understanding of road conditions: Just what you need to ensure safer journeys and enhanced performance for vehicle and fleet management systems. Road Conditions Summary: Navigate the Weather with Confidence Road travel efficiency is fraught with uncertainty when the weather comes into play. To navigate these uncertainties, the Road Weather API includes a Road Conditions Summary, empowering drivers with critical information about the road conditions ahead. It uses an...

July 24

How to convert JSON and GeoJSON files to CSV (and why you might want to!)

A more recent version of this article has been published. To view, click here. An increasing number of companies are collaborating with AerisWeather. In turn, we continue to deliver improvements and widen the scope of our weather data offerings. As companies grow and expand, so does the amount of data they generate. Naturally, leveraging this data effectively can be challenging. One of the most popular methods of analysis is via CSV file. The format is commonly associated with Excel spreadsheets and is popular in data analysis. The downside of CSV files is that they are not as versatile for mass...

May 31

Introducing Vaisala Xweather: Winds of Change in the Weather Data and Software Space

An Interview with AerisWeather’s Co-Founder, Michael Vaughan. In October of 2022, the Vaisala Xweather product suite was launched, bringing with it changes in the way the weather data, hardware, and software space functions. Xweather Marketing Manager Anastasia Manner recently interviewed AerisWeather co-founder Michael Vaughan about the history behind Xweather and how, exactly, we got here. Are you curious? Read on to learn about the Vaisala acquisition of AerisWeather and the birth of the Xweather brand. AM: Tell us a bit about the state of things for AerisWeather prior to acquisition. MV: Years ago, we recognized that while there were numerous...

May 19

Lightning’s True Cost: Offshore LNG Safety with Weather Data

Weather affects almost all business operations, with some quite literally depending on it. Offshore operations, like liquid natural gas (LNG) handling at sea, is a good example. Naturally, severe weather poses a significant safety risk to highly-flammable cargo like oil and gas, particularly during loading and unloading. Where oil and gas products are concerned, lightning is one of the greatest hazards – especially at sea. Maritime Lightning Risks The likelihood of water being struck decreases the further the area is from shore and the deeper the water gets. Although lightning doesn’t strike the ocean as frequently as it does land,...

May 17

Introducing the New Maritime API

AerisWeather is excited to announce the launch of our new maritime API endpoint, designed to provide essential global marine weather data. This new maritime endpoint is accessible via the AerisWeather API and is available to all Flex subscribers. Data from this comprehensive set is available hourly by default, with options for 3-hour, 6-hour, or other defined intervals. It is suitable for various maritime applications, such as oceanic navigation, offshore operations, coastal monitoring, and recreational activities. New Maritime API Data The maritime endpoint provides access to a wide array of information, including sea surface temperature, sea current direction and speed, significant...

May 4

Setting up a Next.js + AerisWeather API Project

AerisWeather’s API is the most advanced weather API available, and its robust suite of hyper-local weather datasets makes it invaluable to an ever-growing number of businesses and industries. Part of what makes the AerisWeather API great is that it can be easily integrated into projects of varying scales and code bases. One such code base that many companies are beginning to rely heavily on in their web-based applications is Next.js. Next.js is a flexible open-source React development framework that enables the creation of fast web-based applications. It was created by Vercel to help supercharge React projects with extra enhancements including...