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April 26

AerisWeather Android SDK v2.0 Has Arrived!

Pretty much any time we hear someone say “version 2.0”, it conjures up images of things all shiny and new, with the promise of improvement and innovation around every corner. This milestone release of AerisWeather Android SDK v2.0 is no different, bringing with it a full arsenal of goodies. AerisWeather API endpoints, AMP map layers, a improved permissions set and updated dependencies. It’s everything you need to create the next groundbreaking Android weather app!   Version 2.0 At a Glance So while the development team toiled away on version 2.0 of the SDK, we posted a few betas. We wanted to get...

April 17

Better Weather Maps as AerisWeather Maps Continues to Grow

Over the past year, we have continued to expand and improve the AerisWeather Maps by adding many new features, capabilities, visualization tools, and new weather layers. Recently we’ve pushed out several updates that have added and improved on over 25 weather layers. There have also been additional updates to our Map Builder, Maps Visualizer, and Legend Builder tools.  These new layers and features allow you to create unique weather maps and visualizations for your websites, visual displays, and mobile applications. Making Weather Maps Global Our AerisWeather API has always been a global API, providing worldwide observations, forecasts and more.  Our focus in 2017 is to make our Maps service...

April 12

Storm Cells – Tracking the Storms

Where are the storms? Where are they heading? What cities are in their path? With severe weather season in full swing, these are some common questions that can be answered using data from current storm cells. This article is the second in our series highlighting the severe weather-related features of the AerisWeather API. In our first article, we highlighted the various severe weather features of the AerisWeather API. This time, we will expand on the storm cells API endpoint and AMP layers. The stormcells endpoint provides information on the individual storm cells across the United States, including Puerto Rico and Guam....

Severe Weather Endpoints
April 6

Severe Weather with the AerisWeather 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. The AerisWeather 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 AerisWeather 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 weather...

March 22

AerisWeather Android SDK v2 Beta 3 – It’s All About the Maps

We’re happy to announce the arrival of the AerisWeather Android SDK, Beta 3! So as you might have gleaned from the title, this beta is all about maps. With this update, we concentrated on improved integration of our AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP). For an example of the map updates, check out the Demo app. It provides examples of the variety of the available layers and modifier options. You’ll also notice that there is now support for setting the Google base map type to “none”. As a result, you can choose whether you want the standard Google base layers or AMP’s...

AerisWeather Android Dev
December 21

The AerisWeather Android SDK v2 Beta is Here!

Just in time for your holiday coding free time, our AerisWeather Android Development team has pushed a beta release of the much anticipated AerisWeather Android SDK v2 beta update!  (We knew you were worried about not having anything fun to work on between Christmas and New Years…) Why Bother with a Beta? The SDK v2 Beta release is a preview update to allow developer access to the features and changes made thus far. Our hope is that by allowing early access to the major breaking changes, we can make your transition to v2 less daunting. After all, horribly complex version...

December 7

There’s a Weather Index For That!

We are all familiar with the direct impact weather conditions can have on our day-to-day lives. There are days where hanging out at the beach seems like a no-brainer. On the contrary, we have all experienced circumstances that prevented us from doing something as simple as driving to the supermarket. As technologies have advanced we have been able to not only observe and report current conditions but also accurately provide weather forecasts. To some degree, we can literally predict the future. But what if we took that one step further? What if we were able to forecast the potential for...

3d view of Matthew
September 28

Blending Data with AerisWeather Maps

With Tropical Storm Matthew heading towards the Caribbean, we’ve been testing our upcoming tropical layers for AerisWeather Maps. In the process, we also experimented with combining different layers with some of the advanced Maps features such as blends: With the above image, we combined the flat-dk and water-depth base layers. Then added the high-resolution visible satellite imagery with a hard-light blend: flat-dk,water-depth,sat-vis-hires:blend(hard-light) The hard light blend allows the blue from the water layer to mix with the darker areas of the visible satellite while leaving the clouds white. Adding the lightning strike density layer to the map, which depicts lightning...

June 16

Recreating the Parallax Menu in Aeris Pulse iOS

We’ve had several users of our AerisWeather iOS SDK ask us about whether the parallax UITableViewCells in the map layer menu of Aeris Pulse was available as part of the SDK, or how we achieved the effect.   Although this menu is not offered as part of our iOS SDK, it’s really easy to implement. There are just a few main steps you need to perform to get this effect working in your own apps. The following code samples are provided using Swift, but can easily be ported over to Objective-C if you haven’t jumped into Swift yet. Generate background images with...

Wrench to Scuplture
May 19

Kubernetes: Extending Tools To Build New Things

On the Operations Team here at AerisWeather, we use Kubernetes to orchestrate our containerized applications and previously wrote about how much we love using it. Kubernetes and it’s CLI tool, [crayon-6147204b5259a428814096-i/], help deploy applications to our production environment in a consistent and reproducible manner. We can update high throughput applications in place with rolling updates, view cluster-wide metrics, and see what’s running where. Component integration in a large microservice application can be daunting, but we are able to deploy our application with the help of Kubernetes. Emphasis on the “help”. We found ourselves not only integrating parts of our application together but also parts of our...