Articles by Lee Huffman

August 31

New Tropical Map Layers in AerisWeather Maps

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 AerisWeather Maps. 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 (West Coast of...

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 AerisWeather API and our AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP). This blog will be part of a series of entries discussing hurricanes, typhoons, tropical storms and...

August 27

Introducing our New Geocolor Satellite

We are excited to announce the new geocolor satellite layer within the AerisWeather 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 AerisWeather 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 AerisWeather Premium...

Hurricane Harvey
October 3

Weather Radar Improvements and More

The AerisWeather Mapping 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 AerisWeather Mapping Platform. 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...

Aeris Weather API
September 29

AerisWeather API 1.7.5 Released

We recently released version 1.7.5 of the AerisWeather API to production which offers several new features, improvements and bug fixes. In this article we’ll highlight the more significant changes, but review the Aeris API release history for the complete list of updates. New Rivers Endpoints The recent hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria, have caused significant flooding in the continental US and Puerto Rico. With the new rivers endpoint, the AerisWeather API provides access to river and lake gauge information managed by the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS). The gauge observations include information on the gauge location, current water level or flow,...

Hurricane Harvey approaching Texas coast
August 25

AerisWeather 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. AerisWeather Maps is a great tool for providing the latest weather information and forecasts regarding Harvey,...

August 10

Recent Updates to AerisWeather Maps

AerisWeather Maps 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 Maps’ 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. Most recently, we’ve released...

Aeris Weather API
August 9

AerisWeather API 1.7.3 Released

We have released version 1.7.3 of the AerisWeather 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 AerisWeather API release history.