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October 21

Plotting Minutely Precipitation using Chart.js

The AerisWeather API makes a plethora of weather data available. Earlier this summer, we introduced minutely precipitation forecasts, one of our latest enhancements to the conditions endpoint. Today, we will look at an easy way to plot minutely precipitation data using Chart.js. Getting Started We will need to load three javascript libraries. One is the AerisWeather Javascript SDK, and the other two are for our plotting purposes. Note that in order to set up a Time Cartesian Axis in Chart.js, you will need to load a date library. In this example, we will be using date-fns. [crayon-61799e0b60b4d182932669/] Setting Up the Request...

Lock bride in park during fall
October 7

Fall Color Factors, As Explained by Paul Douglas!

The leaves are leaving, but not before a brilliant, Technicolor explosion of color! Why do leaves even change color? As the days get shorter in the fall, there is less sunlight for photosynthesis. Plants convert carbon dioxide in the air into sugars (glucose and starch) and oxygen by using energy from the sun through the process of photosynthesis. Chlorophyll is the green pigment necessary for photosynthesis. A decrease in photosynthesis that comes with less daylight means trees stop producing chlorophyll. As the green pigment fades over time other pigments present in the leaf are revealed, producing a veritable explosion of...

Hurricane Henri Approaching the Northeast
August 26

Querying for Historical Tropical Cyclone Data with the AerisWeather API

As Hurricane Henri approached the Northeastern US this past weekend, I wondered how often a tropical cyclone has come within 50 miles of New York City, Boston, or other cities. How many were hurricanes? To answer these questions, we can use the Tropical Cyclones Archive endpoint within the AerisWeather API. This endpoint provides access to the complete AerisWeather historical archive for tropical systems, with data from the late 1800s for the Atlantic basin and the mid-1900s for the Pacific basin. When using the tropical cyclones archive endpoint, we find that 21 tropical cyclones have tracked within 50 miles of New York...

Displaying Individual Tropical Cyclones
August 17

How to Display Individual Tropical Cyclones

The tropical season is upon us, with the seasonal peak just a few weeks away. As tropical storms and hurricanes form, our JavaScript SDK’s tropical module is perfect for displaying their track, latest position, and forecast. The Tropical Cyclone Demo displays many of the Tropical Module’s capabilities, showing users how AerisWeather can display tropical cyclones in real time. As we approach the seasonal peak in the Atlantic basin, there are often multiple active systems that may have overlapping tracks and five-day forecasts, such as this weekend, with Tropical Storm Fred and Tropical Storm Grace:   As seen, displaying tropical cyclones on a map can highlight overlapping...

August 13

Adding Custom Styles to the Tropical Cyclone Module

With Tropical Storm Fred threatening the Gulf Coast states and peak hurricane season just around the corner, now is a great time to discuss how to take your hurricane tracking to the next level by adding custom styles to the Tropical Cyclone module on the AerisWeather JavaScript SDK. The AerisWeather JavaScript SDK has a plethora of features. The InteractiveMapApp allows you to plot weather data on an interactive map easily and comes with several built-in modules which can simplify the plotting of weather data. The Tropical Cyclone Module provides users with predefined styling and functionality for plotting various tropical cyclones endpoint-related data layers.  While these default styles may suffice for most...

August 5

Changes to AerisWeather Pricing and Services

We are excited to share our updated and recently-released pricing plans! The newly streamlined structure is a direct result of client and market feedback – and we’re confident you’ll see near-term benefits as a customer of AerisWeather. Here are three big changes you’re sure to appreciate: Introducing AerisWeather Flex: A Value-Packed Bundle AerisWeather Flex is a new plan released to AerisWeather users that unlocks the power of AerisWeather Maps (previously AerisWeather Mapping Platform or “AMP”) and our Weather API as part of the same robust package of global weather data solutions. Users are no longer required to maintain separate API...

Severe Weather Module Map
July 1

Tracking Storm Threats With the Severe Weather Module

In March, we introduced the popular Severe Weather Module for use with the AerisWeather Interactive Map App to track storm threats. We’ve since added a new feature that allows you to tap into the power of the AerisWeather Threats endpoint within the Interactive Map App. There’s no need to write code to query the AerisWeather API Threats Endpoint, we’ve taken care of the hard part. All you have to do now is click on the map to display approaching storm threats in the infopanel. Threats Endpoint Background The Threats Endpoint is one of many severe weather endpoints in the AerisWeather API. It’s much more than just National Weather Service warnings, it utilizes a plethora of other meteorological-related parameters as well...

June 10

Announcing Minutely Precipitation Forecasts

How soon will it rain? How intense will it be? As of today, these questions can now be answered with the release of our new Minutely Precipitation support! Last year, we introduced the conditions endpoint that provides current weather conditions for any global location. Since, we’ve continued to enhance this endpoint and expanded our global historical access through 2011. Now we are excited to announce the conditions endpoint can now support Minutely Precipitation forecasts. What is a Minutely Precipitation Forecast? Minutely Precipitation provides the forecast precipitation rate in 1-minute intervals for the next 60 minutes. AerisWeather generates these high-resolution forecasts...

June 10

Routing with the Javascript SDK

Weather greatly affects the transportation and logistics industry, especially when that weather turns inclement with considerable impacts. With the recent release of 1.5.0 of our Javascript SDK, you can now plot custom driving routes alongside critical weather data between destinations using our new Routing module. This new routing module allows you to plan and adjust your fleet’s routing to minimize weather impacts while enroute. Getting Started with the Routing Module To start using the Routing module, you’d set up your project as you would with any of our other lazy-loaded built-in modules. Therefore, you’ll need to follow the module setup instructions...

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...