Articles by Lee Huffman

June 10

Announcing Minutely Precipitation Forecasts

How soon will it rain? How intense will it be? As of today, these questions can now be answered with the release of our new Minutely Precipitation support! Last year, we introduced the conditions endpoint that provides current weather conditions for any global location. Since, we’ve continued to enhance this endpoint and expanded our global historical access through 2011. Now we are excited to announce the conditions endpoint can now support Minutely Precipitation forecasts. What is a Minutely Precipitation Forecast? Minutely Precipitation provides the forecast precipitation rate in 1-minute intervals for the next 60 minutes. AerisWeather generates these high-resolution forecasts...

Threats Endpoint
April 28

Track Severe Weather with the Threats Endpoint

Springtime in the US signals the start of the severe weather season, bringing severe storms, hail, and tornadoes from the central plains through the mid-Atlantic and the southeast US. With this extreme weather, there is a need to accurately and quickly inform the public. To assist, AerisWeather offers a selection of severe weather APIs, mapping layers, and our new severe weather module for use within interactive maps. One of the unique severe weather endpoints, within the AerisWeather API, is the Threats Endpoint. The Threats Endpoint provides information on potential storm threats affecting the US, Puerto Rico, and Guam. What is the...

April 7

Improved UK Alerts

A few months ago, we expanded our weather alerting to include most of Europe, both within our AerisWeather API and our AerisWeather Mapping Platform. Today we are announcing improved coverage and resolution for alerts over the United Kingdom! We achieve these improvements by integrated the alerts directly from the UK Met Office. Accessing the improved UK weather alerts is the same as before, simply query the alerts endpoint for locations within the United Kingdom. Query by City, Country Return active alerts for London: [crayon-60fb0c6a8ef7f588341444/] Or for Glasgow, Scotland: [crayon-60fb0c6a8ef84311897724/] Note that the two-letter ISO country code for the UK is...

Geocolor Satellite
April 7

Improved GeoColor Satellite Map Imagery

Our GeoColor Satellite imagery provides a uniquely colorized satellite view, including both land and water surfaces and is visible during the day and the evening. Since its introduction, it has proven to be one of our most popular satellite layers. Today we are announcing a significant upgrade to this layer, expanding its coverage to be fully global! This improvement is part of our recent AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP) update. Check out the release history for this and other recent improvements. Accessing the Improved GeoColor Satellite If you are already utilizing the GeoColor Satellite layer, then no changes are required. The expanded...

API Historical Conditions
March 9

Expanded Global Historical Weather Conditions

Last summer, we introduced the conditions endpoint. Since it’s release, we have been working on improving the endpoint and adding additional data sources and historical weather conditions. Recently, we integrated infrared satellite as an additional data source, and with our AerisWeather API v1.16 release, we are announcing support for expanded global historical conditions. Check out the release history to review the complete list of improvements in this API release. Global Historical Weather Conditions In October, we expanded support for global hourly gap-free weather conditions for the past 30 days and over ten years of historical conditions for limited regions based on observation...

Global Weather Conditions
October 1

New Weather Conditions Summary Endpoint

We’ve recently released our new weather conditions endpoint, which includes significant improvements since we first released it in beta. And to complement the conditions endpoint, we are announcing our new conditions/summary endpoint! What are condition summaries? The core conditions endpoint provides global, gap-free weather conditions for a specific point in time or on hourly intervals. However, you may prefer a summary of weather conditions over time, such as a day’s minimum and maximum values. This use-case is perfect for the conditions summary dataset. The conditions/summary endpoint can provide daily summaries or summaries over custom time ranges, such as over a...

October 1

Improved Weather Conditions

In June, we announced the new weather conditions endpoint which went into public beta initially. Since then, we’ve made several improvements to this endpoint which results in much-improved conditions information with the release of our AerisWeather API v1.14. Check out the release history to review the complete list of improvements in this API release. Improved Current Conditions The most popular usage of our new conditions endpoint is to obtain the weather conditions occurring right now for any given location. In this case, just query the conditions endpoint without time parameters or include the for=now parameter: /conditions/minneapolis,mn. Alternatively, use the for parameter: /conditions/minneapolis,mn?for=now. Since we’re now utilizing...

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-60fb0c6a90f17667578572-i/] layer, available to all AMP users! If you are already using the [crayon-60fb0c6a90f1c460195981-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...