October 3

Radar Improvements and More

The Aeris Maps 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 Aeris Weather Maps.

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 now includes Australia! The Australian radar integration is made possible through data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.  Best of all, no development changes are required since the Australian radar is now part of the   layer available with all AMP subscriptions.

Australian Radar

Australian Radar Example

New Enhanced Radar in Beta

Along with expanding coverage, we are also working to improve the radar in other areas. This week we are launching our next major radar update to public beta that includes data from the NOAA Multi-Radar/Multi-Sensor platform.  Including this data expands the data sources to integrate radar data from NOAA’s NEXRADs, FAA, mobile radars and select commercial radars. As a result, we have much-improved coverage throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam than using NEXRAD imagery alone.

For example, the two images below are a good demonstration of the radar improvements. The first image is from our current production radar using NEXRAD only, while the second image is our using new enhanced radar:

Hurricane Maria Nexrad Only

Hurricane Maria Nexrad Only

Hurricane Maria via New Enhanced Radar

Hurricane Maria via New Enhanced Radar

Additionally, the new radar is updated every two minutes versus every six minutes of our current offering. This provides the most up-to-date weather data, which is especially critical during severe weather. The video below of Hurricane Harvey demonstrates the enhanced radar with 2-minute updates:

The new radar offering is currently in beta and available to all AMP subscribers. To begin using the new radar today, use the  layer name.

For example, using the new radar layer on a static map:

Enhanced Radar Standalone Map Example

Enhanced Radar Standalone Map Example

The enhanced radar will be in beta over the next few weeks as we improve and finalize the product with a goal of moving it to production in November 2017.

Rivers Gauge Observations

Recently, we added river gauge data from the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) to the Aeris Weather API. This same data has also been added to AMP via the new  layer set:

River Observations

River Observations

Or, to display only river gauges that are reporting flooding conditions:

Accumulated Precipitation

In addition to river gauges, we have also added the accumulated precipitation dataset from the AHPS to Aeris Weather Maps.  These layers provide estimated precipitation based on a combination of rain gauge, radar, and satellite information.  Accumulated precipitation layers update daily by 1 pm Eastern time and cover precipitation received through 12Z (8 am EDT / 7 am EST).

1 Day Estimated Precipitation

1 Day Estimated Precipitation

Accumulated precipitation is available for several time periods, including:

RangeLayer NameRangeLayer Name
1 Dayprecip-1d90 Daysprecip-90d
7 Daysprecip-7d180 Daysprecip-180d
14 Daysprecip-14dMonth to Dateprecip-mtd
30 Daysprecip-30dYear to Dateprecip-ytd
60 Daysprecip-60dWater Year to Date
(Oct 1st)
precip-wytd
Estimated 30 Day Precipitation

Estimated 30 Day Precipitation

Access the New Layers Today

Start using the enhanced radar and new layers with your Aeris AMP subscription today! Not currently using the Aeris Maps Platform? Start with our free developer trial!

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