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Historical Weather
February 14

The Power of Historical Weather Data

by Paul Douglas “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana Meteorologists are preoccupied with predicting some future state of the atmosphere. Too many days it’s a thankless, seemingly impossible task. To have any real success forecasting the weather it’s essential to look back in time to see what already happened, and why? Our humbling new reality: every storm is different, each weather scenario uniquely challenging. The atmosphere has never been identical to the one outside your window right now. The only way to accurately model the future is to analyze the past, with...

January 17

The Extended Outlook Calls for Real-Time, Streaming Weather Alerts

As a meteorologist, one of my daily responsibilities has always been to forecast the weather – both for consumers and businesses alike. When issuing a forecast, I’m free to look at the data and models and issue my own forecast: I can make a subjective prediction that differs from my competitors, or the National Weather Service (NWS). But, the NWS is the ONLY U.S. agency that issues official alerts for threatening weather conditions, in any form. If every forecaster issued their own weather alerts, the result would be chaos, widespread confusion, with a much greater risk of subsequent weather injuries...

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...

AerisWeather Android Dev
December 20

AerisWeather Android SDK v2.2.0 Released

AerisWeather Android SDK v2.2.0 is now available! SDK v2.2.0 is a feature release providing a couple of new endpoints, some additional data fields, and a new map points layer. From the rolling rivers to the sun and moon in the sky, we’ve got data for everyone with this update! Rivers Endpoint AerisWeather API provides such a wide variety of information, it can be tough keeping up with the latest additions. One of the newer endpoints available is Rivers. You can use the Rivers endpoint to get access to the latest river and lakes gauge observations. Using NOAA’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service...

PlaceSearch in use
November 21

Using PlaceSearch View with AerisWeather WeatherBlox

With our release of Aeris WeatherBlox, our clients are able to easily integrate weather data and maps into their websites. As users expand their integrations one common request is how to integrate the PlaceSearch view. Here’s a little guide that should get your PlaceSearch view up and running – and talking to other WeatherBlox components – in no time. Getting Started: For starters, I should mention the PlaceSearch view is only supported with the JavaScript method of integration.  However, you can integrate the JavaScript PlaceSearch view into the API version, but this exercise will focus on only using the JavaScript WeatherBlox.  This...

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....

Hurricane Harvey
October 3

Weather Radar Improvements and More

The AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP) continues to grow as a leading service for weather maps by offering a wide variety of visualization tools to help tell the weather story.  Over the past few weeks, we have made many additions, including jet stream, Canadian weather alerts, and lightning strike layers. We continue this trend with the latest release of several new radar improvements and additions to AerisWeather Mapping Platform. Australian Radar Since radar is one of the most popular layers within AMP, its usage continues to grow since we extended coverage to include Canada and South Korea earlier this year. As of this week, radar coverage...

AerisWeather Android Dev
October 2

Aeris Android SDK v2.1.1 Released

Aeris Android SDK v2.1.1 is now available. SDK v2.1.1 updates dependencies and provides several minor bug fixes. We will highlight some of these changes, through review the release history for the complete list. Wildfire Incident Management Teams Within the AerisWeather Fires endpoint, there is a little data field named imtType. This field tells us which type of Incident Management Team is dealing with each wildfire. With a typical wildfire (if there is such a thing), the imtType field is often unused. The API will return null for an unknown imtType. But as wildfires grow in size and intensity, the management efforts...

Aeris Weather API
September 29

AerisWeather API 1.7.5 Released

We recently released version 1.7.5 of the AerisWeather API to production which offers several new features, improvements and bug fixes. In this article we’ll highlight the more significant changes, but review the Aeris API release history for the complete list of updates. New Rivers Endpoints The recent hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria, have caused significant flooding in the continental US and Puerto Rico. With the new rivers endpoint, the AerisWeather API provides access to river and lake gauge information managed by the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS). The gauge observations include information on the gauge location, current water level or flow,...