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Hurricane Florence
April 18

Will a New GFS Weather Model Upgrade Close the Gap with The European Model?

Image credit: NOAA Are you with Team GFS or Team ECMWF, the “European Model”? I hate to pick sides, but as a meteorologist I defer to the weather model that, consistently, is most accurate. Of course I’m rooting for the “American Model”, the GFS or Global Forecast System, to win. But here’s the thing: if you’re sanding a table or building a deck you want to use the best tools at your disposal, right? So it goes with weather forecasting. Meteorologists examine scores of models, looking for consistency, continuity, and trends – ultimately choosing a blend of model solutions that...

April 7

Improved UK Alerts

A few months ago, we expanded our weather alerting to include most of Europe, both within our AerisWeather API and AerisWeather Maps. Today we are announcing improved coverage and resolution for alerts over the United Kingdom! We achieve these improvements by integrated the alerts directly from the UK Met Office. Accessing the improved UK weather alerts is the same as before, simply query the alerts endpoint for locations within the United Kingdom. Query by City, Country Return active alerts for London: /alerts/London,GB Or for Glasgow, Scotland: /alerts/Glasgow,GB Note that the two-letter ISO country code for the UK is GB. Though...

Geocolor Satellite
April 7

Improved GeoColor Satellite Map Imagery

Our GeoColor Satellite imagery provides a uniquely colorized satellite view, including both land and water surfaces and is visible during the day and the evening. Since its introduction, it has proven to be one of our most popular satellite layers. Today we are announcing a significant upgrade to this layer, expanding its coverage to be fully global! This improvement is part of our recent AerisWeather Maps update. Check out the release history for this and other recent improvements. Accessing the Improved GeoColor Satellite If you are already utilizing the GeoColor Satellite layer, then no changes are required. The expanded coverage is...

March 25

Start Using the AerisWeather API With Postman Today

Postman is a collaboration tool designed to help you explore, design, and test APIs. AerisWeather now includes a GitHub repository with the necessary Postman files to get you up and running with common queries. For the more experienced Postman users, feel free to jump right into the repository. What You Need Access to Postman via web or desktop app. We recommend using v2.1 or later. An AerisWeather account with your client id and client secret. Importing and Configuring Variables Clone the aerisweather/aeriswx-postman repo from GitHub: git clone git@github.com:aerisweather/aeriswx-postman.git Within Postman, select the Import option. Please note, the web based application...

NOAA-GFS-model-upgrade-header
March 24

Latest on NOAA’s GFS Model Upgrade – Are We Underestimating Tornado Strength?

Maps Look More Like Early April ”It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade” wrote Charles Dickens in Great Expectations. He had that right. March is weather lunacy, meteorological madness. Few other months can unleash blizzards, tornadoes, 80s and subzero; all packaged into 31 days of utter uncertainty. March 2021 is trending 9.1F warmer than average at MSP with 4 inches of snow so far. There is precious little snow on the ground anywhere, which has lowered the risk...

Severe Weather Module over Google Maps
March 16

Enhance Your Storm Tracking With the Severe Weather Module

A year ago, we introduced two new modules to use with the AerisWeather Javascript SDK, InteractiveMap, and InteractiveMapApp. With severe weather season just around the corner, Aerisweather has added another module to its stable: The Severe Weather Module.  The Severe Weather Module The Severe Weather Module is another map module that utilizes our Map Module Starter Project, similar to our Observations and COVID-19 modules. The purpose is to provide an enhanced mapping experience for tracking severe weather through custom visualizations of data currently available via the Javascript SDK. Features The Severe Weather Module provides users with an array of layers that one would want when tracking severe weather (beyond radar and satellite). It also enhances some of the layers to provide more detail compared to the default SDK implementations. The...

AerisWeather Widgets
March 16

Announcing Free AerisWeather HTML Weather Widgets

In response to popular demand, AerisWeather is thrilled to share the release of new, simple, single location, and more importantly, free HTML weather widgets to display basic weather conditions on the website of your choice. These widgets are customizable in look and feel and are value-driving additions for websites of all varieties, especially local media, small business, hobby sites, forums, and other digital platforms where weather provides important context for safety and activity planning. An example is provided below:   Ready to get started building your own? Simply input your contact information on this page and begin modifying colors, text,...

API Historical Conditions
March 9

Expanded Global Historical Weather Conditions

Last summer, we introduced the conditions endpoint. Since it’s release, we have been working on improving the endpoint and adding additional data sources and historical weather conditions. Recently, we integrated infrared satellite as an additional data source, and with our AerisWeather API v1.16 release, we are announcing support for expanded global historical conditions. Check out the release history to review the complete list of improvements in this API release. Global Historical Weather Conditions In October, we expanded support for global hourly gap-free weather conditions for the past 30 days and over ten years of historical conditions for limited regions based on observation...

January 18

Building 2D and 3D Applications with ArcGIS API for JavaScript and AerisWeather Map Tiles

For developers creating enterprise-grade applications that sit on the cutting edge of geospatial technology, the ArcGIS API for JavaScript offers enhanced functionality over many other mapping solutions. With support for 3D visualization alongside standard 2D mapping features, the ArcGIS API is a versatile and capable tool for advanced mapping techniques. Now you can add the power of AerisWeather map tiles to the ArcGIS API-based application of your choice! In this blog, we’ll walk through how to create a 2D map as well as an interactive globe. Setting Up Establishing basic styles and setting up your document is consistent between each...

November 9

Integrate AerisWeather Maps Tiles with the HERE Technologies Maps API for JavaScript

HERE Technologies is one of the fastest growing location platforms on the Earth. With advanced routing and navigational features that integrate seamlessly with third party data sources and overlays, HERE is quickly becoming a favorite for enterprise-scale mapping applications. With clients including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Amazon, HERE solidifies itself as a preferred platform for top brands around the globe. There are examples on how to integrate AerisWeather Maps layers in an efficient fashion, but today, we’ll take it step by step and walk through how to add informative weather tiles to this popular platform utilizing HERE’s Maps API for JavaScript....

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