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October 29

Integrating Weather Map Layers into QGIS via AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP)

Update: Please utilize resolved URLs for the moment when following this tutorial, including specifying a time offset. We are actively exploring resolutions to known issues when using map tile URLs ending in current.png within XYZ tile layers. GIS technologies have been revolutionizing the science of geospatial analysis since their inception. These powerful tools have been continuously and rapidly advancing to visualize and aid in solving problems. Here at AerisWeather, we use them regularly to model and test our own weather data and imagery, but also to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data in unison...

Packing a very full suitcase
October 24

Use the AerisWeather JavaScript SDK’s NPM Module to Build a Travel Buddy

The AerisWeather Javascript SDK can solve weather-based problems all while steering clear of the troublesome tasks that go into styling a web page. This can be done using the SDK’s module which can be installed from the Yarn or NPM ecosystem. This tutorial will outline the steps required to use the JavaScript SDK’s NPM module and build a Travel Buddy along the way. What is Travel Buddy? Travel Buddy will help users understand what temperatures to expect during their next trip. By passing the location and date of travel, the application will query our API and provide some pertinent details that will prepare...

tropical storm Sebastian
October 3

Is It Time to Scrap the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Rating Scale?

MIT Tropical Expert: “The Saffir-Simpson scale is deeply deficient and should be discarded.” Science evolves over time. Our understanding of the natural world improves as new technology comes online, leveraging more granular, reliable, repeatable data sets. The science of meteorology, like every other science, is a moving target. The Fujita tornado rating scale was upgraded and enhanced in 2006 to better reflect observed wind damage. NOAA is launching WSSI, the Winter Storm Severity Index, a new, experimental winter storm rating scale with five categories. Sound familiar? Is it time to rethink the Saffir-Simpson rating scale for hurricanes, which only predicts...

Digital Map Interface
September 25

Kronnect Develops Weather Mapping Integration With Unity Plugin

Our friends at Kronnect created the World Political Map Globe Edition, a leading interactive map asset for the Unity Real-Time 3D Development Platform, with countless users leveraging it for game development, engineering, construction, architecture, transportation, and more. Kronnect developed an exclusive weather mapping integration with AerisWeather that allows users to leverage global weather mapping layers within their apps.  These layers range from global infrared satellite and temperatures to storm cells and lightning strikes – as well as many more view-able in the AerisWeather AMP (Aeris Mapping Platform) documentation. Start utilizing this weather mapping integration with your globe by inputting an...

September 16

Fueling Healthcare Research with Weather Data

Advances in machine learning and patient-specific real-time data are leading to discoveries and correlations never before thought possible with human analysis. Physicians can now study the complex correlations between patient health issues and a nearly infinite list of environmental data that cause or exacerbate a patient’s condition. With these correlations identified, physicians and patients alike have the opportunity to forecast external triggers and mitigate the effects before they present themselves. With increasing frequency, researchers are turning to hyper-localized environmental condition datasets to tell the story of external impacts.  In addition to traditional weather conditions such as temperature, wind and barometric...

Car Rental Sign
July 23

A Revolution in Car Rental: Maximizing Revenue & Yield with Weather Data

Have you ever shown up to a car rental counter only to find the lights off and a sign stating “no cars available”? The chances are good considering that revenue management for car rental companies has been referenced as being more difficult than nuclear physics.  A $100 billion global industry with a >20% no-show rate, rental car companies are beginning to utilize artificial intelligence to minimize oversell situations and maximize revenue on rapidly depreciating assets. An existing (and oversimplified) view of factors considered by mainstream rental agencies in vehicle pricing, positioning, and segmenting. External Pressures Fuel Industry Challenges From rideshare...

Hurricane From Space
July 11

Steps to Take Before a Hurricane Arrives

“Hurricanes have killed more people in the last 50 years than any other natural cataclysm” according to MIT meteorology professor and tropical scientist Kerry Emanuel. I’m an old Eagle Scout, and the motto: “Be Prepared” is as relevant today as ever. Get out in front of risk. Take steps (now) to avoid serious problems (later). That mindset certainly applies to the biggest, wildest, most terrifying storms on the planet. What have I learned tracking these fickle weather beasts over the course of 4 decades? Don’t count on the latest technology or the government to save you. At the end of...

Solar Panels in Field
June 20

Maximize Solar Energy Production with Weather Data

Across the globe, solar energy installations have taken off in the past decade – both at the home and utility scale. Current statistics show that photovoltaic production has reached over 1% of all global energy and is projected to grow exponentially, with China leading the pack in terms of installed capacity. The rest of the world is not far behind though with the United States, German and Japan in hot pursuit. While it’s typically touted as a renewable, environmentally-friendly resource, solar energy is also becoming increasingly cost-effective as an alternative to traditional energy sources and, is improving in reliability annually....

Tornado Damage
June 7

6 Takeaways From The Biggest Swarm of U.S. Tornadoes Since 2011

America’s tornado drought is officially over. The last few years have been relatively quiet, with few large, violent tornadoes. In 2018 there were no tornado-related deaths in traditional Tornado Alley, stretching from Texas to Iowa. But so far in 2019, 31 Americans have lost their lives to tornadoes, nature’s most extreme, unpredictable and capricious wind storms. In the last 2 weeks at least 366 tornadoes have been observed east of the Rockies. Once again, the United States is living up to its reputation as the tornado capital of the planet. Over the last couple weeks I’ve watched in morbid fascination...

Meal kit logistics and weather
May 29

Meal Kits & Food Delivery – How Leading Companies Are Leaning Into Weather

Meal kit services have changed the lives of many over the last decade – from reducing the stress of a single parent needing a quick, fresh, and healthy dinner to an amateur home chef researching the next new and exciting meal. Once just a novel concept born in Sweden, the industry evolved into a global force with players such as HelloFresh, Blue Apron, and Plated leading the way. By 2017, the global market was flooded with over 150 services competing for the now $2.2 billion pie and on track to surpass $10 billion by 2020. Meal Kits Meet Technology This advent of meal kits has not only allowed entrepreneurs to share...