Articles by Lee Huffman

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-5e88d628c2080241415842-i/]  to access the sea surface temperatures layer: [crayon-5e88d628c208a975780574/] 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...

European Weather Radar
October 1

Radar Expansion into Europe

The AerisWeather 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 such,...

Air Quality Map
September 27

Wildfire Map and Air Quality Map 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 AerisWeather API.  Today, as we continue to expand our Air Quality API and datasets, we are announcing a new air quality map layer within the AerisWeather 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 are...

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 AerisWeather API and new tropical map layers within the AerisWeather 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 starting...

August 31

New Tropical Map Layers in the AerisWeather Maps Platform

We recently introduced the new Hurricane API, including the tropical cyclones endpoint, within our AerisWeather 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 AerisWeather 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 Pacific...

August 28

Hurricane API now Available in the AerisWeather 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 AerisWeather 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 AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP). This blog will be part of a series of entries discussing hurricanes, typhoons, tropical storms...