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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 the AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP) with Leaflet’s powerful tile mapping library to create...

October 1

New Weather Conditions Summary Endpoint

We’ve recently released our new weather conditions endpoint, which includes significant improvements since we first released it in beta. And to complement the conditions endpoint, we are announcing our new conditions/summary endpoint! What are condition summaries? The core conditions endpoint provides global, gap-free weather conditions for a specific point in time or on hourly intervals. However, you may prefer a summary of weather conditions over time, such as a day’s minimum and maximum values. This use-case is perfect for the conditions summary dataset. The conditions/summary endpoint can provide daily summaries or summaries over custom time ranges, such as over a...

October 1

Improved Weather Conditions

In June, we announced the new weather conditions endpoint which went into public beta initially. Since then, we’ve made several improvements to this endpoint which results in much-improved conditions information with the release of our AerisWeather API v1.14. Check out the release history to review the complete list of improvements in this API release. Improved Current Conditions The most popular usage of our new conditions endpoint is to obtain the weather conditions occurring right now for any given location. In this case, just query the conditions endpoint without time parameters or include the for=now parameter: /conditions/minneapolis,mn. Alternatively, use the for parameter: /conditions/minneapolis,mn?for=now. Since we’re now utilizing...

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...

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...

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...

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-5f96f207b6e11444291635-i/] layer, available to all AMP users! If you are already using the [crayon-5f96f207b6e18947735076-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...

June 19

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Weather API for your Application

Selecting The Best Weather API For Your Project Selecting a weather API can be a frustrating task for product managers and developers alike. When you’re looking for a weather API like AerisWeather offers or choose a different provider, you’ve probably encountered some of the same roadblocks as others. Difficulties can include selecting an API that fits the right features into a price point that your budget allows or includes specific, much needed datapoints. We’re taking steps to make API selection easier than ever by highlighting opportunities to save time and get to production faster. Strategic Weather API Selection Developing a...

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....