With Tropical Storm Matthew heading towards the Caribbean, we’ve been testing our upcoming tropical layers for AerisWeather Maps. In the process, we also experimented with combining different layers with some of the advanced Maps 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:
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 depicts lightning frequency within a short period, was useful for showing where intense areas of convection were occurring. Above this, we added our upcoming active tropical systems layer that is currently undergoing internal testing along with a general cities overlay:
To get an even more interesting visualization, we displayed this AerisWeather Maps tile layer combination with the WebGL Earth library to obtain a cool 3D view:
Since the upcoming active tropical system layer is not yet available, below is an example of an image using only currently available layers within the AerisWeather Maps. With this image, the active tropical system layer is removed while zooming into the storm.
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