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 our AMP service a fully global service as well to better accompany our weather API. We just added support for 14-day global forecasts, which includes 1-hour intervals for days 1 through 5 and 3-hour intervals for days 6 through 10.

Weather Maps - Animation of Global Forecast Temperatures

Animation of Global Forecast Temperatures

These new global data sets within AMP work really well when used within an orthographic or three-dimensional globe view with tools such as WebGL Earth:

Weather Maps - Global Dew Point Temperatures

Global Dew Point Temperatures

The new global forecast datasets cover a variety of weather metrics:

  • Temperatures
  • Dew points
  • Relative humidity
  • Heat index
  • Wind chill
  • Feels like temperature
  • Wind speeds and gusts
  • Precipitation

Global layers are now the default option when selecting forecasts within our Map Builder.

NDFD Layer Options

Based on requests from many of our users, we have added several layers from NOAA’s National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) data set. These new forecast layer options cover the Continental US, Alaska, Hawaii and soon, Puerto Rico and Guam.  

To utilize the new NDFD forecast layers:

  1. Go to the Map Builder tool
  2. Select the “Forecasts” tab
  3. Select a forecast layer option
  4. Click the edit (pencil) icon for the newly added layer
  5. From the model dropdown options, select “NDFD”
Selecting NDFD layers with the Mapbuilder

Using NDFD forecast layers with the Map Builder

As we continue to expand on our current Aeris Maps (AMP) offerings, features and datasets, be sure to check back often for updates and review our platform’s version history. Or if you haven’t begun taking advantage of everything AMP offers, take it for a test drive with a free developer account.

 

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