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Hurricane Blog
August 30

Minimizing Tropical Storm Risk With Real-Time Weather Data

by Paul Douglas Meteorologists track storms of all shapes and sizes, but there is nothing quite as awe-inspiring and destructive as a major landfalling hurricane. These Texas-size whirlwinds of trouble produce a weather-trifecta of risk: storm surge, high winds, and inland flooding. Called typhoons in the western Pacific and cyclones in the Indian Ocean, they are identical in structure and formation; drawing warmth from the oceans and converting it into raging spiral bands of shrieking winds and blinding rain. The lighter the winds aloft and warmer the seas, the greater the potential for a cluster of thunderstorms to strengthen into a...

August 28

Hurricane API now Available in the Aeris API

Tropical season has started off busy, at least in the Pacific basin, with Category 4 Hurricane Hector, Category 5 Hurricane Lane, and Super Typhoon Maria. The peak of the Atlantic and East Pacific tropical seasons are only a couple weeks away, so we are excited to announce the release of tropical cyclone support within the Aeris Weather API.   The new tropical cyclone endpoints create a great hurricane API that includes global tropical cyclone information within both the Aeris Weather API and our Aeris Mapping Platform (AMP). This blog will be part of a series of entries discussing hurricanes, typhoons, tropical...

August 27

Introducing our New Geocolor Satellite

We are excited to announce the new geocolor satellite layer within the Aeris Mapping Platform (AMP). This new satellite layer uses the latest GOES-East imagery to provide pseudo-colorized visible satellite during the daylight hours and infrared satellite overnight. Geocolor satellite imagery can provide high-resolution detail of all types of weather phenomena, such as storms, smoke and snowfall on the ground. Best of all, this new layer is available to all AMP users! Geocolor satellite imagery updates every 15 minutes and can provide for some fantastic animations, as seen in this video of wildfire smoke from British Columbia streaming into Minnesota last...

AerisWeather + Zapier Integration
August 21

Introducing AerisWeather’s New Integration with Zapier

Whether you’re a full stack developer or brand new to the world of APIs, we are all looking to reduce friction in our daily work tasks & projects. AerisWeather has been offering integration toolkits (SDKs) for years and has a suite of robust integrations for developers, including iOS, Android, JavaScript, and Python.  However, to allow all skill levels to integrate weather data into their workflows and software, we partnered with Zapier and developed a public application for use on their platform. For those that have not experienced the ease of Zapier, they are an Integration Platform as a Service provider...

API Wizard
August 15

API Wizard Just For You

Just when you thought APIs were only for ninja developers, AerisWeather built an API wizard just for you. Our latest wizard is the perfect tool to get your project rolling without the overhead of learning how to use an API. Who Can Use the API Wizard? Anybody! That’s the beauty of it. If you’re able to open up a browser and navigate to this blog post, you’re able to use the API wizard. Our goal was to allow any level of technical expertise to start playing with our API, as well as showcase some of the API’s built-in features. So if...

July 24

Flooding Frequency and Intensity are Increasing – Are You Factoring the Latest Trends?

by Paul Douglas 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. In fact, flooding is the costliest natural disaster in the United States. It accounted for more than $268 billion in damage in 2017, a number...

June 26

AerisWeather iOS SDK 3.0 Now Available

Early this year, we teased the new major version of our AerisWeather iOS SDK, version 3.0, with several public betas to begin testing and experimenting with. We’re excited to announce that as of the end of May, the official 3.0 version has been released. In fact, we’re already up to version 3.0.2 as we’ve been releasing several bug fixes and improvements since the initial release of 3.0 at the end of May. In case you missed it, here are the biggest changes in version 3.0: Naming Changes for API Endpoint Classes In version 2.0 of the iOS SDK, you would...

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 Blog
June 6

Harnessing the Power of Lightning Strikes

by Paul Douglas “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work” said, Mark Twain. Most of us have had a close call with lightning and no wonder. Cloud to ground lightning strikes the Earth approximately 50 times a second – roughly 1.4 billion flashes 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...