Articles by Lee Huffman

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-5f6b78edc7f23289776314-i/] layer, available to all AMP users! If you are already using the [crayon-5f6b78edc7f2b530051383-i/] layer, then no...

European Alerts via Alerts API
June 17

Alerts Endpoint: New European Alerts and Polygon Support

It’s been a busy few weeks with the public beta of the new conditions endpoint, improvements to the forecast API, and recent enhancements to the global radar map layer. We’re continuing this trend with significant upgrades to our alerts endpoint by adding support for European alerts and alert polygons! European Alerts Alerts across Europe are now part of our alerts API. We have integrated weather warnings from Meteoalarm into the API and they are now available for all AerisWeather API users. European alerts will also be added to the alerts layer within the AerisWeather Mapping Platform in the coming weeks....

June 11

Forecast API Improvements

The forecasts endpoint is one of our most utilized weather API endpoints. It provides daily, day and night, and hourly forecasts for up to the next 15 days. As a result, we are continually looking to improve our forecast endpoint and expand its functionality. Over the last few weeks, we have implemented several improvements to our forecast platform to increase the speed, accuracy, and functionality of the forecasts. Improved European Forecasts First off, we have implemented new models and data sources that significantly expand the spatial and temporal resolution across Europe. With these additional data sources, our users can expect...

June 9

New Global Radar Enhancements

In February, we released our Global Radar (Derived) for the AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP). Following the release, we received very positive feedback as well as some suggestions for improvements. We’ve listened to all the feedback and this week released a significant update to this layer! Global Radar Combined with Actual Radar Data The global radar layer now combines our standard radar with the derived radar.   With this change, areas including the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and others display the same radar information as our standard radar layer. Other locations, such as Africa and South America, will utilize the derived radar...

June 3

New Global Weather Conditions Endpoint

What is the current weather outside? What’s the weather in Minneapolis? What’s the current temperature in northern Alaska? Requests for current weather conditions are a significant portion of the total requests we receive. With this in mind, we are constantly improving and expanding our observations network. So today, we are announcing the public release of our new conditions endpoint. What is the Weather Conditions Endpoint? The new weather conditions endpoint provides a single method to obtain weather conditions for any location globally. This endpoint includes information for the location and time requested using a blend of nearby weather observations, radar...

Global Wave Heights add to AerisWeather Mapping Platform
March 30

New Wave Height and Sea Surface Temperature Map Layers

We’re always working on expanding and improving our AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP), including the new global radar (derived) we recently launched. Continuing that trend, we’ve released two new ocean layers:  an improved sea surface temperature map layer and an ocean wave heights layer. Improved Sea Surface Temperature Layer Our improved sea surface temperatures (SST) layer is now updated daily. Furthermore, the improved data is also less affected by cloud cover over an area to provide a more complete picture of surface conditions. Use the layer code [crayon-5f6b78edca83f945657551-i/]  to access the sea surface temperatures layer: [crayon-5f6b78edca845162471107/] Using our AMP wizard, you can test the layer...

March 23

Create a 3D Weather Globe with AerisWeather and the ArcGIS JavaScript SDK

AerisWeather offers a wide array of weather map layers for use within your projects. Whether you need a stand-alone map for a visual display or a fully interactive dashboard for an enterprise command center, our weather mapping platform (AMP) and our suite of tools can assist. Our mapping platform can integrate with many third-party libraries, allowing you to create some unique displays such as a 3D weather map. The ESRI ArcGIS JavaScript API is one potential library for creating 3D visuals. Utilizing the ArcGIS API along with a few lines of code, you can have a fully interactive 3D globe...

COVID-19 Map Module
March 19

Utilizing the COVID-19 Map Module within the AerisWeather JavaScript SDK

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is a global pandemic currently affecting millions of people and nearly every economy worldwide. It’s often challenging for people to grasp the severity and full breadth of these types of situations just by giving them a series of numbers from the data. Data visualizations, such as maps and charts, drastically improve the understanding of data and its impacts compared to providing people with just the data. Knowing this, we have created a COVID-19 map module that combines data from John Hopkins with our own JavaScript SDK. The COVID-19 Map Module The COVID-19 module is a map module that utilizes our...

Global Temperature Map
March 28

Temperature Map Goes Global

Alongside radar, our AerisWeather Maps Platform (AMP) users request weather observation map layers, especially surface temperatures, most frequently. Historically, these layers have been limited to the United States and neighboring regions, which means they aren’t useful for users in other parts of the world. We’ve been working on improving our observation layers over the past several months, and today we are announcing that our weather observation map layers are now available globally! Going Global with Observed Weather Maps We have expanded our default weather observation map layers to global coverage, which update hourly. You won’t need to change your code since...

Vector-based Weather Radar of Storms in Dallas / Fort Worth
October 18

Vector-Based Radar Maps in Public Beta

Weather radar is a vital weather tool for both meteorologists and the general public. It not only provides near real-time information on precipitation intensity but also large hail, tornado signatures and much more. We realize the importance of radar and continually strive to improve our radar offerings considering it is our most popular layer within the AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP). Recently, we upgraded our radar layer to two-minute updates and expanded into Australia, South Korea, and Europe. One of the most common requests we receive is to reduce the radar blurriness and pixelation when zoomed in. So today, we are announcing a...