Tag: aerisweather

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August 26

Tropical Storm Isaias Threatens Florida and Carolinas – Baghdad Hits a Record 125F

Tracking “Isaias” “Nature has a myriad of weapons to combat human arrogance” wrote film director Wayne Gerard Trotman. Tell me about it. From Texas-size hurricanes to invisible, microscopic viruses. We delude ourselves into thinking we’re in charge – but nature always bats last. “Isaias” is forecast to remain a tropical storm as it churns up the east coast of Florida; hurricane-force gusts are possible Saturday, with moderate coastal erosion and inland flooding from Florida to the Carolinas. Isaias is the earliest 9th storm on record. This may be an intense hurricane season, made much worse by the pandemic. August: Nearly...

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August 25

Tropical Trouble Brewing for Florida and the Carolinas

Extended Outlook Calls for More Mosquitoes. “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do sir?” economist John Maynard Keynes dryly observed. We have the freedom to change our minds. I have more respect for people who change their minds based on new evidence, rather than digging in their heels and cherry-picking data to support an opinion. Based on a wealth of evidence, the climate is warming, and new research shows mosquito season at MSP has grown from 114 days in the 1980s to 120 days in the 2010s. If anyone asks (doubtful) mosquitoes survive best between...

August 25

Dangerous Hurricane Laura Threatens Coastal Texas and Louisiana – Tracking Smoke from Western Wildfires

Briefing: Issued Monday morning, August 24th, 2020: A long week of weather is ahead along the northern/northwestern Gulf Coast as both Tropical Storm Laura (located south of central Cuba this morning) and Tropical Storm Marco (in the northern Gulf of Mexico) threaten the region. Marco is expected to either scrape or make landfall across southern Louisiana today into Tuesday, weakening while it does so. However, it will still bring the threat of damaging winds, storm surge, and flooding rains along with it to the northern Gulf Coast. Laura will continue to move near/across Cuba today and tonight. By early Tuesday...

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August 13

Difficulties of Predicting Severe Thunderstorms – “Josephine” Forms – La Nina Brewing

Severe Storm Specifics In Advance? Good Luck Cue the theme from “Mission Impossible”. One of the few challenges greater than predicting how many inches of snow will pile up in YOUR yard is when and where severe storms may bubble up. Once they’ve formed we can track dangerous storms, leveraging a network of 160 “NEXRAD” Doppler radar sites operated by The National Weather Service. New high-resolution models, including NOAA’s HRRR (High-Resolution Rapid Refresh) update every hour at 3km resolution. Meteorologists can give a few hours lead-time, but predicting which towns will be hit hard vs. other towns that experience a...

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August 12

August 11: Derecho Climatology – Growing Risk of “Josephine”?

What Exactly Is a Derecho, Paul? Tracking CBs on WSR-88D Doppler? ECMWF, AWIPS, now derecho? Meteorologists LOVE to toss around funky terms. The derecho that blasted Iowa with 115 mph wind gusts Monday tracked 750 miles, from North Dakota to Indiana. This sprawling boomerang-shaped line of fast moving storms produced extensive straight-line wind damage, comparable to an EF-1 tornado. Derechos are rare, but climatology from SPC (sorry, the Storm Prediction Center) suggests parts of central Minnesota see a derecho every year. Hurricane-force winds, but only lasting for 30 to to 45 minutes. Yikes. What is a Derecho? Dr. Marshall Shepherd...

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August 11

Wild Storms Hit Twin Cities on Minnesota – 34 Days above 110F in Phoenix

A Night of Pure (Minnesota) Meteorological Madness Live long enough and you’ll see (almost) everything. It felt like being in the middle of Tropical Storm Earl. Sunday night’s display of meteorological mayhem was one for the ages. Northfield saw 3 inch diameter hail, but most of the big hail reports were southern & western suburbs ofv MSP. Buffalo saw three different waves of golfball-size hail! 1 to 2 month’s worth of rain soaked some communities. Cody Matz at Fox 9 estimates 1-2 lightning flashes per second at the height of the storm. Continuous lightning produced a steady roar of thunder....

July 28

How to Create Stunning Weather Data Visualizations with the AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP)

A common question received regarding the AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP) is “How can I customize my weather layers?” There are several features you can take advantage of to create eye-popping weather data visualizations based on your unique challenges and needs. In this article, we will highlight AMP’s most basic modifiers and tools, how to use them, and how they can help create user-friendly and informative combinations of weather overlays. The following features are available to all AMP subscribers. Opacity AerisWeather offers a variety of map layers from radar to severe weather alerts, in the USA, Canada, and Europe, which can be added...

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July 27

Weather Quirks, Oddities and Discoveries – July 27, 2020

Another “Mega-Rain” Event For Minnesota “Without data, you are just another person with an opinion” said engineer and quality control guru W. Edwards Deming. When does a fluke become a trend? How much data is required to accurately discern the difference? According to the Minnesota DNR, the storm complex that dumped over 8 inches of rain on Mankato qualifies as a “mega-rain“; the first since 2016. They estimate over 1,000 square miles of land picked up 6 inches or more of rain. By the DNR’s calculations there have been 21 of these extreme flood events since Minnesota became a state...

July 24

Create Faster Animated Weather Maps Using Multiple Tile Servers and the Google Maps API

One of the most challenging elements of utilizing large volumes of weather data for business can be performance. With weather as an input to nearly every industry in some regard, the importance of consistent, fast data retrieval and rendering is paramount. Loading high-resolution and layered imagery inefficiently can dramatically interrupt the smoothness of utilizing interactive and animated map elements within any application, online or otherwise. Fortunately for AerisWeather users, one can call upon multiple tile servers working in unison to dramatically increase render speed. Many customers already have integrations with third-party mapping platforms like Google, Mapbox, or Leaflet, so in...

July 14

Animating AMP Layers with Mapbox GL

The AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP) boasts a versatile range of capabilities. AMP allows users to generate static maps, interactive tiles, and animations. Along with various methods to display you maps, AMP can be utilized as a 3rd party source in most mapping libraries. Let’s take a minute to discuss how easy it is to add an animation to an existing Mapbox GL application. For the tl;dr version, check out our live example. Choose Your Implementation Method We have a couple options you may want to explore. Using the AerisWeather JS SDK, adding an interactive animation is simple by combining the existing map and...