February 18

Weather maps made easy with Aeris Maps Wizard

Last August we released the Aeris Weather API Wizard to assist with making queries to the Aeris Weather API. Today we are releasing the newest member of our wizard family: The Aeris Maps Wizard. This new wizard provides a step-by-step guide to help you build custom weather maps in multiple forms. As you journey through each step, the wizard builds a code snippet behind the scenes using information from what the user has selected. In the final step, the user will be provided with a custom code snippet that can be used in their own applications. We know that not everyone is a software developer and this can make it difficult for some prospective clients to visualize what the Aeris Mapping Platform can do for them. Instead of coding, users can now click their way through the Aeris Maps Wizard and build their very own custom weather map.

Let’s get building, shall we?

Step 1: Map Type

The first step is choosing what type of map you want to build.

Step 1 of the AerisWeather Maps Wizard

Step 1 of the AerisWeather Maps Wizard

Step 2: Region & Size

The second step of the wizard can differ depending on what you selected in step one. The differences are listed below.

Static Map

There are three ways to select your region for a static image:

  1. Enter a location and zoom level.
  2. Select a predetermined region.
  3. Enter the bounds of the region.

Interactive Map

Selecting your region for the interactive map can be done in two ways:

  1. Enter a location and zoom level.
  2. Use the interactive map to scroll and zoom over your location.

Step 3: Base Layers

Static Map

The static map will have preselected base layers and overlay. They can be changed in their respective steps.

Interactive Map

The interactive map will default to a base layer from the mapping library being used. The Aeris Maps Wizard uses Leaflet as the mapping library and the default base layer will not be ‘flat’ but that of the mapping library itself. You can choose one of the base layers or if you want to stick with the mapping library, select ‘None’.

Base Layers within the weather maps wizard

Base Layers within the weather maps wizard

Step 4: Weather Layers

There are a plethora of weather layers to choose from the Aeris Mapping Platform.  However, for the purpose of demonstration, we only list a few layers. For all the available map layers, visit our AMP documentation.

Weather Layers within the weather maps wizard

Weather Layers within the weather maps wizard

Step 5: Overlays

This is where you can complete your map with state lines and other boundaries. “None” is also an option.

Step 6: Get Code

Congratulations, you just built your own custom weather map. This final step is where you can get code snippets for whichever type of map you have built.

If you have an AerisWeather account, you can use it on the final step and have your access key and secret put right into the code for you. If you do not have an AerisWeather account and would like to sign up for a 2-month free trial, visit our developer signup page.

 

 

We hope you enjoy using our latest wizard. Happy clicking!

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