Articles by Lee Huffman

Hurricane Harvey approaching Texas coast
August 25

Aeris Maps Daily Limits Suspended During Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 storm, is currently approaching the Texas coast this afternoon with landfall expected sometime tonight. Along with hurricane force winds and gusts up to 130 mph near the center, very heavy rainfall is expected across much of southeast Texas as Harvey is expected to stall and meander slowly along the coast over the next 7-9 days. With rainfall totals over the next week forecast up to 10-20″ across the entire region, reaching 30-40″ in a few smaller regions, catastrophic flooding can be expected. The Aeris Weather Maps platform is a great tool for providing the latest weather information...

August 10

Recent Updates to Aeris Weather Maps

The Aeris Maps Platform (AMP) is a powerful tool allowing you to integrate weather imagery in a variety of methods, whether stand-alone static imagery, to animations, or to fully interactive weather maps. Over the past few weeks, we have continued improving and expanding our weather maps platform. One area of concentration has been with AMP’s speed and efficiency, especially for large image requests. We have seen considerable improvements from the most recent updates, with significant speed improvements and continued low error rates. We also continue to improve upon existing layers, including the recent addition of Canadian alerts, as well as releasing new layer offerings, such as lightning strikes....

Aeris Weather API
August 9

Aeris Weather API 1.7.3 Released

We have released version 1.7.3 of the Aeris Weather API to production that builds upon the recent Canadian weather alert additions and improved advisory support. We will highlight a few of these changes, though for the complete list of updates review the Aeris API release history.

Canadian Alerts on Globe
August 8

Canadian Weather Alerts Now Available

Weather plays a critical role in our lives and economy. To help inform on upcoming weather events, the National Weather Service (NWS) issues warnings, watches, and advisories. These alerts are available via the Aeris Weather API using the advisories endpoint and within the Aeris Maps Platform (AMP) utilizing the alerts layers. In Canada, Environment Canada (EC) issues similar alerts, and today we are announcing that Canadian weather alerts are now available within the Aeris Weather API and AMP.  Best of all, Canadian alerts are available to all API and AMP users with no additional development required! Canadian Weather Alerts in the Aeris Weather API For the Aeris...

Lightning Strikes Global View
July 27

Lightning Strikes within Aeris Maps

Lightning strikes are a common occurrence this time of year, leading to injuries and damage within the US and globally.  Our Aeris Maps Platform (AMP) offers a lightning strike density layer, which highlights clusters of frequent lightning activity. While visualizing clusters and density is useful for getting a sense of general lightning activity, many users have requested the ability to plot individual strikes. With our new Lightning Strikes layer in AMP, now you can! As a value-added reseller of Earth Networks Total Lightning Network, we are announcing two new lightning strike layers within AMP. These new layers display lighting strikes over the...

Aeris Weather API
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...

May 2

Anticipate Threats with Weather Alerts

Previously in our severe weather series, we’ve discussed severe weather outlooks and storm cells. This article will continue the series by concentrating on the weather alerts datasets available with the Aeris API and the Aeris Maps Platform.  This information is perfect for integration into mobile and notification platforms, allowing you to notify users quickly when severe weather events may be nearing. These advisories datasets provides access to all currently active US advisories as issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS issues a variety of severe weather warnings, watches, advisories and statements that may be issued for individual or multiple forecast zones or...

April 27

Preparing for Severe Weather with Convective Outlooks

Severe weather season is continuing this week, with several days of severe weather forecast across the central and southeastern US. Convective outlooks provide insight into the potential for severe weather for up to a week out, giving the probabilities of areas seeing severe weather such as large hail, damaging winds, and even tornadoes. We continue our severe weather product series where we highlight severe weather-related features of the Aeris API and Aeris Maps platform. Last time, we discussed our storm cell features and how they provide information on where storms are currently and where they’re heading. This time, we’re going to look at convective...

April 17

Better Weather Maps as AMP Continues to Grow

Over the past year, we have continued to expand and improve the Aeris Maps Platform (AMP) by adding many new features, capabilities, visualization tools and new weather layers. Recently we’ve pushed out several updates that have added and improved on over 25 weather layers. There have also been additional updates to our Map Builder, AMP Visualizer, and Legend Builder tools.  These new layers and features allow you to create unique weather maps and visualizations for your websites, visual displays, and mobile applications. Making Weather Maps Global Our Aeris API has always been a global API, providing worldwide observations, forecasts and more.  Our focus in 2017 is to make...

April 12

Storm Cells – Tracking the Storms

Where are the storms? Where are they heading? What cities are in their path? With severe weather season in full swing, these are some common questions that can be answered using data from current storm cells. This article is the second in our series highlighting the severe weather-related features of the Aeris API. In our first article, we highlighted the various severe weather features of the Aeris API. This time, we will expand on the storm cells API endpoint and AMP layers. The stormcells endpoint provides information on the individual storm cells across the United States, including Puerto Rico and Guam....