June 19

Aeris Weather API V1.7.0 Released!

Today we released version 1.7.0 of the Aeris Weather API to production. This update provides several new features, improvements and bug fixes. Check out the version history for the complete list of changes.

Lightning Add-on

With 1.7.0, the API supports our new Aeris Lightning API add-on. This addition provides the ability to obtain information on lightning strikes from the past 5 minutes and within a 25 mile radius of a specified location. Both cloud-to-ground strikes and intra-cloud pulse information is available. Review the lightning endpoint documentation for more information, and contact us for a trial of the Lightning add-on or subscribe today!

Advisories Endpoint Updates

This API update also makes several improvements to the advisories endpoint, including:

  • Added an ID attribute for identifying an advisory
  • Added a new loc attribute that includes the latitude/longitude of the weather zone or county centroid of the advisory location. This is useful for plotting markers on an advisory location.
  • Added a  details.emergency  attribute that is set to true for tornado and flash flood emergencies. Additionally, you can use filter=emergency  to limit the response to just emergency-specific advisories.
  • Added a  details.color  attribute that will contain the six-digit hex color code for the advisory and corresponds to the advisory type/color documentation.
  • If a tornado warning, severe thunderstorm warning, flash flood warning, or any other advisory includes a small polygon, the new geoPoly attribute will contain a GeoJSON version of the polygon.

Check out the advisories endpoint for more information.

Improved Searching

Another user-requested improvement is the ability to use mixed casing when querying by location name, state abbreviation or country abbreviation. Previously, if you were searching the places endpoint with a city name you had to force the name to lowercase:

Starting with 1.7.0, the name, state, and country values are no longer case sensitive, allowing the following:

Or even

Batch Requests

Many clients often use batch requests to group multiple API requests into a single call to the API. Previously the maximum limit request limit was 10 individual requests per API call. This has been raised to 25 maximum requests per batch query.

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