July 28

How to Create Stunning Weather Data Visualizations with the AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP)

A common question received regarding the AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP) is “How can I customize my weather layers?” There are several features you can take advantage of to create eye-popping weather data visualizations based on your unique challenges and needs. In this article, we will highlight AMP’s most basic modifiers and tools, how to use them, and how they can help create user-friendly and informative combinations of weather overlays. The following features are available to all AMP subscribers. Opacity AerisWeather offers a variety of map layers from radar to severe weather alerts, in the USA, Canada, and Europe, which can be added...

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July 27

Weather Quirks, Oddities and Discoveries – July 27, 2020

Another “Mega-Rain” Event For Minnesota “Without data, you are just another person with an opinion” said engineer and quality control guru W. Edwards Deming. When does a fluke become a trend? How much data is required to accurately discern the difference? According to the Minnesota DNR, the storm complex that dumped over 8 inches of rain on Mankato qualifies as a “mega-rain“; the first since 2016. They estimate over 1,000 square miles of land picked up 6 inches or more of rain. By the DNR’s calculations there have been 21 of these extreme flood events since Minnesota became a state...

July 24

Create Faster Animated Weather Maps Using Multiple Tile Servers and the Google Maps API

One of the most challenging elements of utilizing large volumes of weather data for business can be performance. With weather as an input to nearly every industry in some regard, the importance of consistent, fast data retrieval and rendering is paramount. Loading high-resolution and layered imagery inefficiently can dramatically interrupt the smoothness of utilizing interactive and animated map elements within any application, online or otherwise. Fortunately for AerisWeather users, one can call upon multiple tile servers working in unison to dramatically increase render speed. Many customers already have integrations with third-party mapping platforms like Google, Mapbox, or Leaflet, so in...

July 16

European Weather Alerts Available for AerisWeather AMP

Weather alerts are a critical and in demand component of our service, so much so that we recently added support for European weather alerts within the AerisWeather API. Today, European weather alerts are now also available within the AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP). This opens the door for businesses operating in the European Union and United Kingdom to visualize weather alerts with precision in territories often unserved by those who simply aggregate free, public data sources. The European alerts are now available as part of the standard [crayon-5f96eb6940223184108248-i/] layer, available to all AMP users! If you are already using the [crayon-5f96eb6940229510870555-i/] layer, then no...

July 14

Animating AMP Layers with Mapbox GL

The AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP) boasts a versatile range of capabilities. AMP allows users to generate static maps, interactive tiles, and animations. Along with various methods to display you maps, AMP can be utilized as a 3rd party source in most mapping libraries. Let’s take a minute to discuss how easy it is to add an animation to an existing Mapbox GL application. For the tl;dr version, check out our live example. Choose Your Implementation Method We have a couple options you may want to explore. Using the AerisWeather JS SDK, adding an interactive animation is simple by combining the existing map and...

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July 5

What To Do After a Hurricane

Hurricanes are America’s deadliest natural disasters. They’re expensive, too. According to USA FACTS, adjusting for inflation, 7 of the 10 most expensive natural disasters have been hurricanes. Of those 7, 6 have happened since 2000. Technological breakthroughs like weather satellites and computer models have lowered the death toll over time, but there are harrowing exceptions. In spite of timely warnings, Hurricane Katrina (2005) left 1,833 dead and Hurricane Maria (2017) killed 2,981 people. It may be counterintuitive, but most of the deaths occurred days or even weeks after the hurricane struck. “Statistics now show that more people are being killed...

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July 4

Searching for Best Practices: Hurricane Evacuations During a Pandemic

Focused evacuations and new sheltering options may help to lower risk. Hurricane evacuations are chaotic under the best of circumstances. But the specter of evacuees trying to outrun a hurricane and a deadly bug sounds like something out of a dark Stephen King novel. “Why would I leave the safety of my home to mingle with unknown, potentially un-masked strangers in hotels and auditoriums who might be infected with Covid-19? Why expose my family to additional risk? I’ll just stay where I am and take my chances with the storm.” Which may be precisely what not to do with a...