Weather

July 10

Flood Frequency and Intensity is Increasing – Are You Factoring the Latest Trends?

A tropical storm named “Agnes” flooded my home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1972; a traumatic event that ultimately led me to pursue a degree in meteorology at nearby Penn State. Many of us have a flood-related story or close encounter, and rising water is impacting more Americans with every passing year. There is precedent for concern: according to NOAA only extreme heat has claimed more American lives over the last 30 years. Inland Flooding On The Rise. In fact, flooding is the costliest natural disaster in the United States. It accounted for more than $268 billion in damage in 2017,...

Air Quality
June 25

Air Quality Now Available In the WeatherBlox Wizard

A couple weeks ago we introduced the WeatherBlox wizard, but we weren’t going to stop there. We doubled down and added Air Quality views and a full page layout to our WeatherBlox Wizard. Air Quality Views There are 3 views available with our new AQI views, each of which provides an elegant depiction of pollutant data in or near your neighborhood. You can easily configure your preferred view in Step 3 of the wizard under the Data Type option. Let’s go over each individual view: Observations The observations view generates an estimated AQI based on a combination of nearby observation...

WxBlox Wizard In Action
June 11

Introducing the WeatherBlox Wizard!

Introducing the latest and greatest weather content tool – Aeris WeatherBlox Wizard.   Last year we released WeatherBlox to the public and saw a lot of awesome integrations.  We decided this wasn’t enough and wanted to make it even easier for users of all skill levels.  After many long nights of brainstorming and early mornings fueled by coffee, the WeatherBlox Wizard was born. What Kind of Sorcery is This? The WeatherBlox Wizard is a unique tool that walks the user through the setup of our homegrown WeatherBlox.  The best part is you don’t need to be a developer to plug and play with the options!  The wizard will prompt the user...

Lightning strike onto horizon
May 31

“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”

The title of this post is a quote by Mark Twain. Most of us have had a close call with lightning, and no wonder. Cloud to ground lightning strikes the United States 25 million times every year. According to NOAA, an average of 47 Americans are struck and killed by lightning annually – deadlier than tornadoes and hurricanes many years. Lightning is terrifying and vaguely mysterious – scientists don’t begin to have all the answers. But it serves a purpose in nature. These crackling electrostatic discharges strike Earth approximately 50 times a second – roughly 1.4 billion flashes every year...

February 19

Aeris’ iOS 3.0 Weather SDK Now in Public Beta

Three years ago we released version 2.0 of our Aeris’ iOS Weather SDK, which was completely rewritten from the ground up with massive improvements and tons of new features. We have numerous customers using the SDK in their own awesome weather apps in the AppStore, and we even rely on it with our own app Aeris Pulse. Now, we’ve released the first public beta of the next major version of our iOS SDK, version 3.0! Version 3.0 expands on all of the improvements and features we outlined in part one and part two of our 2.0 preview while making a...

January 15

The Extended Outlook Calls for Customized Advisories

NOAA issues advisories; special alerts that instantly quantify risk to life and property at a given GPS location. At a glance, users can gauge threat levels and take necessary precautions. AerisWeather supports 120 different NOAA weather and civil advisories for the United States, with another 45 additional advisories issued by Environment Canada, because weather threats don’t stop at the U.S. border. Advisories can be categorized by type, creating a more manageable subset of the comprehensive master list, ie. flood advisories, wind-related advisories, fire-related advisories, etc. The advisory list is inclusive and comprehensive; everything from Avalanche Warnings and Ice Storm Warnings...

November 20

Coming Soon: Category 4 Winter Storms?

Capital Gang meteorologist Sammy Sleet here, with an update on the crazy Nor’easter impacting the Mid-Atlantic states this morning. Latest models are in, and the good folks at NOAA have upgraded this system to a rare Category 4! A combination of heavy, wet snow, ice and high winds will result in severe coastal flooding and power outages. Travel in many communities west of I-95 may become impossible later today as snowfall rates increase – best to hunker down and stay put until this beast blows over. You heard it right, a Category 4 winter storm is on the way! A...

November 8

WeatherBlox Continues To Grow

Back in July, you may have heard about the exciting new WeatherBlox product that we launched. Initially, we released a wide variety of views and layouts that you could easily integrate into your web applications. While we made sure to incorporate the most commonly used weather details into our initial release, we’ve decided to give you more options by expanding our WeatherBlox layouts. Hourly Forecast Layout The HourlyForecast layout allows you to easily integrate the hourly forecast into a full page for your users. By default, this layout will show you the remaining hours for today at the viewed location....

July 6

WeatherBlox: Flexible Weather Views

We recently released WeatherBlox, an exciting new service that allows you to quickly add highly-customizable weather content to your web applications and sites. WeatherBlox is a library of weather views for the web that can be used individually for small sections of specific weather content or combined into larger layouts for full-page weather content custom to your application’s unique requirements. These views are fully responsive as well, meaning they are really flexible to ensure they fit within any context they’re added into. And since they’re designed for the web, customizing the design of your WeatherBlox views is painless by overriding...

Severe Weather Endpoints
April 6

Severe Weather with the Aeris API

Severe weather season is upon us again. Unfortunately major outbreaks have already occurred across the Southern Plains and throughout the Southeastern U.S. recently. Over the past week, more than 100 tornado-related and over 500 hail reports have been received. Our Aeris Weather API provides a variety of severe weather-related endpoints you can use in your own applications so you and your users stay on top of threatening conditions. All of the severe weather endpoints we’ll review are available via our Aeris API Premium and free developer accounts. This article will be the first in a series detailing our severe weather-related endpoints. We will first highlight the severe...