Blog: General

December 17

Is Your Cache Crispy Fresh?

Our big project these days is a major overhaul of our map tile servers for our Weather Overlays API. We’re moving the entire codebase over to Node.js and using mapnik to generate tile images. Performance and resource usage is a major concern. We need to generate images for more than 20 different weather data sets, some of which update as often as every 2 minutes. To keep our maps snappy and not break the bank, we need to do a really good job caching at every level of resource creation. There are several great caching libraries out there, but we had...

December 10

Kubernetes – Scaling in 2D

We deal with large data at Aeris Weather. Multiple weather metrics, every few square kilometers, updated every few hours covering several weeks, across the whole globe… oh my. And that is just forecast data. A continuous stream of observations, storm cells, fires and other data in addition to forecasts presents our engineering team with a variety of challenging scaling problems. As we take a deep breath to think about how much data that is, that is just the ingestion side. Much like you as you exhale once again, our applications need to output the data back out in meaningful ways to our...

AerisWeather Android Dev
November 24

Google Android and The Mystery of the Duplicate Icon

While recently working in the luxurious upstairs loft that is home to the Aeris Weather software development team, I ran into an issue that had me stumped for a bit.  Thank goodness for Google and Stack Overflow, but even with the help of our Android benefactor and the developer’s crisis hotline we know as SO, it took me a little digging to find all the pieces of the puzzle.  So this episode of our Aeris developer’s blog is devoted to all of you Android devs who are searching for an answer to “The Mystery of the Duplicate Icon”. With The Best...

November 20

Aeris Android Weather SDK v1.1.1

Version 1.1.1 of the Aeris Android Weather SDK is now available. This version of the SDK includes access to additional Aeris API endpoints. These include observation/summary and new data attributes like Ultraviolet Index forecasts. So read on for highlights of the new data waiting to enhance your Android weather applications! Updated Endpoints Forecasts So first up is the Forecasts endpoint. The following attributes are now available as properties within the forecast object: ice accumulation min and max humidity min, max and average feelslike and dewpoint UVI (the ultraviolet index, an integer from 0-12) 80 meter winds (wind data at a height...

Storm Reports with Aeris Weather API
November 19

Storm Reports with the Aeris Weather API

In a 24-hour period from noon on Tuesday, Nov 17 through noon on Wednesday, Nov 18th, more than 1,000 storm reports were reported across the U.S. The Aeris Weather API provides quick access to these reports for use within applications, including many of the available javascript and mobile mapping platforms. Today, we will step through adding storm reports to an interactive map using the Aeris API, GeoJSON and the Leaflet mapping library. Aeris Weather API now has GeoJSON Support The 1.4 release of the Aeris API added several new features, including GeoJSON support. GeoJSON is a common method for transferring geospatial...

Aeris iOS SDK
June 25

Aeris iOS Weather Framework: 2.0 Preview – Part 2

During the week of Apple’s WWDC, we gave a preview of a few of the additions and improvements in the upcoming 2.0 release of our Aeris iOS Weather framework. This time in part 2, we’re going to preview some of the exciting new features and changes to the mapping component of our SDK that we’re sure will take your own weather applications to the next level.

Aeris iOS SDK
May 30

Aeris iOS Weather Framework: 2.0 Preview – Part 1

Our Aeris iOS Weather Framework has been in the hands of developers and Aeris users for about two and a half years already and has received a lot of positive feedback from everyone who has been using it within their own iOS applications. Our goal with the iOS framework has always been to make interacting and integrating with our core AerisWeather API quick and painless so you can focus your time on building great applications instead of worrying about fetching, parsing and displaying weather data. Now, after months of planning and development behind the scenes, we’re excited to give our...