Articles by Jamie Pridemore

Floods in Germany, 2002
August 5

Uptick in Flooding is Extreme, Global, and Linked to Continued Warming

Image credit: United Nations Climate Change Twitter Feed. All weather, like politics, is local. Increasingly, climate change hits home when it…hits home. Muddy, waist-deep water in your living room has a way of focusing one’s attention. The symptoms of a warmer, wetter world are hitting home with greater frequency and ferocity, becoming more apparent over time – harder to dismiss and deny. On July 29, 2021, the Chinese city of Zhengzhou (population 12 million) received a staggering 8” of rain in one hour. 24” of rain fell in one day – a year’s worth of rainfall.   Historic flooding in...

June 9

6 AerisWeather Features to Convert Mobile App Users to Paid Subscribers

In 2020 alone, mobile apps from the App Store and Google Play Store grossed more than $111 billion from in-app purchases according to SensorTower – a nearly three-fold increase from 2016. With so many great mobile apps launching every day in a hyper-competitive market, developers need to understand what options they have in providing value to app users to remain relevant in the marketplace. We’ve all thumbed through poorly-designed apps and been interrupted by ads that completely disrupt the user experience, it’s unpleasant and distracting when done incorrectly. As an alternate means of monetization, weather-influenced apps are rapidly shifting their model to...

Dark Sky API Replacement
June 8

Migrate From the Dark Sky API to AerisWeather Without Writing a Single Line of Code

With Apple’s acquisition of Dark Sky in April, 2020, it was announced that they would no longer accept new API signups and sunset existing accounts by the end of 2021. With that day rapidly approaching, we are excited to share the following guide for migrating your current Dark Sky subscription to AerisWeather, a popular Dark Sky API replacement, without ever writing a single API query. Thanks to our powerful Wizards, you’ll gain the ability to drop accurate and reliable AerisWeather API queries into your scripts and applications with just a few clicks. As a bonus, we’ve highlighted geographic region expansion...

AerisWeather Widgets
March 16

Announcing Free AerisWeather HTML Weather Widgets

In response to popular demand, AerisWeather is thrilled to share the release of new, simple, single location, and more importantly, free HTML weather widgets to display basic weather conditions on the website of your choice. These widgets are customizable in look and feel and are value-driving additions for websites of all varieties, especially local media, small business, hobby sites, forums, and other digital platforms where weather provides important context for safety and activity planning. An example is provided below:   Ready to get started building your own? Simply input your contact information on this page and begin modifying colors, text,...

January 18

Building 2D and 3D Applications with ArcGIS API for JavaScript and AerisWeather Map Tiles

For developers creating enterprise-grade applications that sit on the cutting edge of geospatial technology, the ArcGIS API for JavaScript offers enhanced functionality over many other mapping solutions. With support for 3D visualization alongside standard 2D mapping features, the ArcGIS API is a versatile and capable tool for advanced mapping techniques. Now you can add the power of AerisWeather map tiles to the ArcGIS API-based application of your choice! In this blog, we’ll walk through how to create a 2D map as well as an interactive globe. Setting Up Establishing basic styles and setting up your document is consistent between each...

December 15

Worried About Proposed National Weather Service Rate Limits? You’re Not Alone.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates the National Weather Service’s (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), which has played a vital, but at times unreliable role in disseminating crucial weather data to private enterprise, public agencies, and the general public. As demand for this data has grown over time, free and open access to these agency data pipelines is facing critical bandwidth limitations that have forced the agency to propose hard limitations on the allowed number of requests for model and weather data per minute. With an open period for gathering public opinion already kicked off, the...

November 9

Integrate AerisWeather Maps Tiles with the HERE Technologies Maps API for JavaScript

HERE Technologies is one of the fastest growing location platforms on the Earth. With advanced routing and navigational features that integrate seamlessly with third party data sources and overlays, HERE is quickly becoming a favorite for enterprise-scale mapping applications. With clients including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Amazon, HERE solidifies itself as a preferred platform for top brands around the globe. There are examples on how to integrate AerisWeather Maps layers in an efficient fashion, but today, we’ll take it step by step and walk through how to add informative weather tiles to this popular platform utilizing HERE’s Maps API for JavaScript....

October 21

Create Animated Weather Maps with Leaflet and AerisWeather

Leaflet is the leading open-source JavaScript library for responsive, detailed, and extensible maps. Encompassing just 39 kilobytes of JavaScript code, this lightweight dependency takes advantage of the powerful OpenStreetMap basemap and supports both standard geocoded raster and vector imagery as well as WMS tile layers. AerisWeather users have long requested a tutorial teaching how to integrate with this library and we’re excited to deliver a solution. Building on previous iterations of tutorials where we’ve shown AerisWeather users how to use multiple tile servers, we’ll walk through integrating AerisWeather Maps with Leaflet’s powerful tile mapping library to create striking and informative...

Sprinkler system watering yard
October 7

Rachio Added to PWSweather Integrations Center

As we’ve shared before, AerisWeather has relaunched PWSweather with a fresh new look and additional functionality this year. With a rapidly growing station network, we’re excited to announce our new Integrations Center which will highlight the countless applications that permit personal weather station (PWS) owners to take the data collected right in their back yard and pipe it directly into their weather-inclusive app of choice. Today, we’re excited to announce the first entry to the list: Rachio! What is Rachio? Rachio produces Smart Irrigation Controllers and natural lawn care treatments. Whether you have a beautiful lawn or keep a couple...

September 24

6 Reasons Why You Should Pay for Weather Data

A common question we receive at AerisWeather is “Why would I pay for weather data when I can get it from free sources?” As a leading provider of data-as-a-solution in the weather and environmental data space, we are here to share why “paid” is often your best value option over free or commodity weather sources – there are more benefits than you might think. Data Resolution and Expertise: The most common free sources of weather data like NOAA, Environment Canada, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, and other government entities leverage a finite network of measurement hardware primarily located at Airports.  As most...