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weather map of western Europe
July 28

How to Create Stunning Weather Data Visualizations with the AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP)

A common question received regarding the AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP) is “How can I customize my weather layers?” There are several features you can take advantage of to create eye-popping weather data visualizations based on your unique challenges and needs. In this article, we will highlight AMP’s most basic modifiers and tools, how to use them, and how they can help create user-friendly and informative combinations of weather overlays. The following features are available to all AMP subscribers. Opacity AerisWeather offers a variety of map layers from radar to severe weather alerts, in the USA, Canada, and Europe, which can be added...

Weather map of Germany and UK
July 24

Create Faster Animated Weather Maps Using Multiple Tile Servers and the Google Maps API

One of the most challenging elements of utilizing large volumes of weather data for business can be performance. With weather as an input to nearly every industry in some regard, the importance of consistent, fast data retrieval and rendering is paramount. Loading high-resolution and layered imagery inefficiently can dramatically interrupt the smoothness of utilizing interactive and animated map elements within any application, online or otherwise. Fortunately for AerisWeather users, one can call upon multiple tile servers working in unison to dramatically increase render speed. Many customers already have integrations with third-party mapping platforms like Google, Mapbox, or Leaflet, so in...

Radar Image of Europe with Weather layers
July 16

European Weather Alerts Available for AerisWeather AMP

Weather alerts are a critical and in demand component of our service, so much so that we recently added support for European weather alerts within the AerisWeather API. Today, European weather alerts are now also available within the AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP). This opens the door for businesses operating in the European Union and United Kingdom to visualize weather alerts with precision in territories often unserved by those who simply aggregate free, public data sources. The European alerts are now available as part of the standard [crayon-5f2cd3584c876445431811-i/] layer, available to all AMP users! If you are already using the [crayon-5f2cd3584c87d343579626-i/] layer, then no...

July 14

Animating AMP Layers with Mapbox GL

The AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP) boasts a versatile range of capabilities. AMP allows users to generate static maps, interactive tiles, and animations. Along with various methods to display you maps, AMP can be utilized as a 3rd party source in most mapping libraries. Let’s take a minute to discuss how easy it is to add an animation to an existing Mapbox GL application. For the tl;dr version, check out our live example. Choose Your Implementation Method We have a couple options you may want to explore. Using the AerisWeather JS SDK, adding an interactive animation is simple by combining the existing map and...

European Alerts via Alerts API
June 17

Alerts Endpoint: New European Alerts and Polygon Support

It’s been a busy few weeks with the public beta of the new conditions endpoint, improvements to the forecast API, and recent enhancements to the global radar map layer. We’re continuing this trend with significant upgrades to our alerts endpoint by adding support for European alerts and alert polygons! European Alerts Alerts across Europe are now part of our alerts API. We have integrated weather warnings from Meteoalarm into the API and they are now available for all AerisWeather API users. European alerts will also be added to the alerts layer within the AerisWeather Mapping Platform in the coming weeks....

June 11

Forecast API Improvements

The forecasts endpoint is one of our most utilized weather API endpoints. It provides daily, day and night, and hourly forecasts for up to the next 15 days. As a result, we are continually looking to improve our forecast endpoint and expand its functionality. Over the last few weeks, we have implemented several improvements to our forecast platform to increase the speed, accuracy, and functionality of the forecasts. Improved European Forecasts First off, we have implemented new models and data sources that significantly expand the spatial and temporal resolution across Europe. With these additional data sources, our users can expect...

June 9

New Global Radar Enhancements

In February, we released our Global Radar (Derived) for the AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP). Following the release, we received very positive feedback as well as some suggestions for improvements. We’ve listened to all the feedback and this week released a significant update to this layer! Global Radar Combined with Actual Radar Data The global radar layer now combines our standard radar with the derived radar.   With this change, areas including the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and others display the same radar information as our standard radar layer. Other locations, such as Africa and South America, will utilize the derived radar...

June 3

New Global Weather Conditions Endpoint

What is the current weather outside? What’s the weather in Minneapolis? What’s the current temperature in northern Alaska? Requests for current weather conditions are a significant portion of the total requests we receive. With this in mind, we are constantly improving and expanding our observations network. So today, we are announcing the public release of our new conditions endpoint. What is the Weather Conditions Endpoint? The new weather conditions endpoint provides a single method to obtain weather conditions for any location globally. This endpoint includes information for the location and time requested using a blend of nearby weather observations, radar...

April 30

The Ease of Migrating from the Dark Sky API to AerisWeather

Dark Sky, an esteemed competitor, has been acquired by Apple. As part of the acquisition announcement, new API customer signups have been halted and the API service has been set on a path towards end-of-life. Throughout our competitive years, we have learned from one another and are proud to announce our efforts to assist the Dark Sky API community in finding a new home. The AerisWeather API is a comprehensive service that exceeds the bar set by Dark Sky and is built to support AerisWeather’s strong enterprise customer base. Let’s review! Conditions AerisWeather provides current condition data via two unique...

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-5f2cd35852116289919322-i/]  to access the sea surface temperatures layer: [crayon-5f2cd3585211c523545440/] Using our AMP wizard, you can test the layer...