Articles by Lee Huffman

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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...

Weather Alerts across the US
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...

Convective Outlook
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...

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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...

Storms around Atlanta, GA
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....

Severe Weather Endpoints
April 6

Severe Weather with the Aeris API

Severe weather season is upon us again. Unfortunately major outbreaks have already occurred across the Southern Plains and throughout the Southeastern U.S. recently. Over the past week, more than 100 tornado-related and over 500 hail reports have been received. Our Aeris Weather API provides a variety of severe weather-related endpoints you can use in your own applications so you and your users stay on top of threatening conditions. All of the severe weather endpoints we’ll review are available via our Aeris API Premium and free developer accounts. This article will be the first in a series detailing our severe weather-related endpoints. We will first highlight the severe...

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September 28

Blending Data with Aeris Maps

With Tropical Storm Matthew heading towards the Caribbean, we’ve been testing our upcoming tropical layers for the Aeris Maps Platform. In the process, we also experimented with combining different layers with some of the advanced AMP features such as blends: With the above image, we combined the flat-dk and water-depth base layers. Then added the high-resolution visible satellite imagery with a hard-light blend: flat-dk,water-depth,sat-vis-hires:blend(hard-light) The hard light blend allows the blue from the water layer to mix with the darker areas of the visible satellite while leaving the clouds white. Adding the lightning strike density layer to the map, which...

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May 16

Data Visualizations – Making Weather Interactive

Each day, we process terabytes of data for use with our Aeris Weather API and Aeris Maps Platform and are always looking for improved ways to visualize all the data. D3.js is one of the most popular data visalization libraries for the web. By combining D3.js with other open-source libraries such as Crossfilter and DC.js, as well as our own Aeris Weather API, some great weather data visualizations are possible. Interactive Storm Reports Last month there were just under 11,000 storm reports across the US, which includes data on tornadoes, hail size, snowfall, rainfall and more. Visualizing such a large amount of...

Storm Reports with Aeris Weather API
November 19

Storm Reports with the Aeris Weather API

In a 24-hour period from noon on Tuesday, Nov 17 through noon on Wednesday, Nov 18th, more than 1,000 storm reports were reported across the U.S. The Aeris Weather API provides quick access to these reports for use within applications, including many of the available javascript and mobile mapping platforms. Today, we will step through adding storm reports to an interactive map using the Aeris API, GeoJSON and the Leaflet mapping library. Aeris Weather API now has GeoJSON Support The 1.4 release of the Aeris API added several new features, including GeoJSON support. GeoJSON is a common method for transferring geospatial...

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July 21

Announcing Aeris Interactive Maps SDK

We’re excited to announce the public release of our new Aeris Interactive Maps 2 SDK, a complete Javascript weather map platform built upon our open-source AerisJS library.  The new SDK provides developers with a quick and efficient way to integrate our AerisWeather data and image services into custom applications. The new Aeris Interactive Maps SDK provides many enhanced features, including: Enhanced modern design Support for OSM, Mapbox and Google base maps Responsive and mobile friendly Easy integration of AerisWeather data sets Quickly embed into existing websites Customizable look and feel View the Aeris Interactive Maps SDK in use on our...