Articles by Lee Huffman

Vector-based 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 Aeris 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...

European Radar
October 1

Radar Expansion into Europe

The Aeris Weather Maps Platform (AMP) continues to grow as a leading service for weather maps. It’s not only easy to use and flexible, but offers a wide variety of visualizations to tell the weather story. Over the past few weeks, we have been continuously expanding AMP with a unique set of tropical layers, a new geocolor satellite layer, and a new air quality layer.  Even with all the new and exciting additions, radar remains the most popular layer within the Aeris Maps Platform. Thus, we are constantly working behind the scenes to improve both its coverage and quality. As...

Air Quality Map
September 27

Air Quality and Wildfire Maps Now Available

Changes in air quality can have wide-ranging effects for people, especially for children and sensitive groups, but also for everyone when air quality drops considerably. In May, we announced the addition of the Air Quality endpoints to the Aeris Weather API.  Today, as we continue to expand our Air Quality API and datasets, we are announcing a new air quality map layer within the Aeris Mapping Platform (AMP).  The layer displays Air Quality Index (AQI) badges for locations globally and allows users to quickly visualize areas of concern.  Additionally, large wildfires can negatively affect local and regional air quality. Therefore, we...

Hurricane Florence Image
September 10

Tropical API Archive Now Available

With the traditional peak of the tropical season underway, we have been busy with the release of the new tropical API addition to the Aeris Weather API and new tropical map layers within the Aeris Maps Platform (AMP). Together, these products can better prepare you for imminent threats from tropical cyclones and help reduce storm risks when utilized within organizations. Today, we are excited to announce the addition of archive data for tropical cyclones to the new tropical API. Using data from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), our API includes information for tropical cyclones...

August 31

New Tropical Map Layers in the Aeris Maps Platform

We recently introduced the new Hurricane API, including the tropical cyclones endpoint, within our Aeris Weather API. And while real-time, easy-to-use data is useful, visualizations of that data is what helps tell the story in minimizing storm risks. Today, we are announcing new tropical map layers within the Aeris Maps Platform (AMP). These new tropical map layers allow you to create a variety of tropical weather maps within your own apps and projects. Tropical Cyclones, the Primary Layer The single tropical cyclones layer is the most commonly used tropical layer and displays all active cyclones across the globe, including the Atlantic, East...

August 28

Hurricane API now Available in the Aeris API

Tropical season has started off busy, at least in the Pacific basin, with Category 4 Hurricane Hector, Category 5 Hurricane Lane, and Super Typhoon Maria. The peak of the Atlantic and East Pacific tropical seasons are only a couple weeks away, so we are excited to announce the release of tropical cyclone support within the Aeris Weather API.   The new tropical cyclone endpoints create a great hurricane API that includes global tropical cyclone information within both the Aeris Weather API and our Aeris Mapping Platform (AMP). This blog will be part of a series of entries discussing hurricanes, typhoons, tropical...

August 27

Introducing our New Geocolor Satellite

We are excited to announce the new geocolor satellite layer within the Aeris Mapping Platform (AMP). This new satellite layer uses the latest GOES-East imagery to provide pseudo-colorized visible satellite during the daylight hours and infrared satellite overnight. Geocolor satellite imagery can provide high-resolution detail of all types of weather phenomena, such as storms, smoke and snowfall on the ground. Best of all, this new layer is available to all AMP users! Geocolor satellite imagery updates every 15 minutes and can provide for some fantastic animations, as seen in this video of wildfire smoke from British Columbia streaming into Minnesota last...

Lighting Strike API
June 5

Lightning Strike API Now Available

Severe Weather season is in full swing in the US and that means lightning strikes are a common concern.  According to the UK Met Office, there are over 1.4 billion lightning strikes globally per year or around 44 per second.  That’s a lot of lightning, and now it’s available for use with our new Lightning Strike API endpoints! As a value-added reseller of Earth Networks Total Lightning Network, we have been working hard to add lightning to our Weather API offerings. Last year, we added lightning strikes to the Aeris Maps Platform (AMP) and today we are announcing the addition...

May 22

Air Quality API Endpoints Now Available From AerisWeather

As spring turns to summer and everyone begins spending more time outdoors, the air we breathe is a concern for many. With most of the world’s population affected, this is not only a local concern but a global one–one that our clients care about. So we are proud to announce the addition of the Air Quality API to the AerisWeather weather API. The air quality API endpoints within AerisWeather’s API offers the ability to obtain global air quality observations and forecasts via two new endpoints: airquality and airquality/forecasts. The new endpoints are available today as part of our Aeris Premium...

Hurricane Harvey
October 3

Radar Improvements and More

The Aeris Maps Platform (AMP) continues to grow as a leading service for weather maps by offering a wide variety of visualization tools to help tell the weather story.  Over the past few weeks, we have made many additions, including jet stream, Canadian weather alerts, and lightning strike layers. We continue this trend with the latest release of several new radar improvements and additions to Aeris Weather Maps. Australian Radar Since radar is one of the most popular layers within AMP, its usage continues to grow since we extended coverage to include Canada and South Korea earlier this year. As of this week, radar coverage...