Tag: aerisweather

Hurricane From Space
July 11

Steps to Take Before a Hurricane Arrives

“Hurricanes have killed more people in the last 50 years than any other natural cataclysm” according to MIT meteorology professor and tropical scientist Kerry Emanuel. I’m an old Eagle Scout, and the motto: “Be Prepared” is as relevant today as ever. Get out in front of risk. Take steps (now) to avoid serious problems (later). That mindset certainly applies to the biggest, wildest, most terrifying storms on the planet. What have I learned tracking these fickle weather beasts over the course of 4 decades? Don’t count on the latest technology or the government to save you. At the end of...

Solar Panels in Field
June 20

Maximize Solar Energy Production with Weather Data

Across the globe, solar energy installations have taken off in the past decade – both at the home and utility scale. Current statistics show that photovoltaic production has reached over 1% of all global energy and is projected to grow exponentially, with China leading the pack in terms of installed capacity. The rest of the world is not far behind though with the United States, German and Japan in hot pursuit. While it’s typically touted as a renewable, environmentally-friendly resource, solar energy is also becoming increasingly cost-effective as an alternative to traditional energy sources and, is improving in reliability annually....

Tornado Damage
June 7

6 Takeaways From The Biggest Swarm of U.S. Tornadoes Since 2011

America’s tornado drought is officially over. The last few years have been relatively quiet, with few large, violent tornadoes. In 2018 there were no tornado-related deaths in traditional Tornado Alley, stretching from Texas to Iowa. But so far in 2019, 31 Americans have lost their lives to tornadoes, nature’s most extreme, unpredictable and capricious wind storms. In the last 2 weeks at least 366 tornadoes have been observed east of the Rockies. Once again, the United States is living up to its reputation as the tornado capital of the planet. Over the last couple weeks I’ve watched in morbid fascination...

Hands holding large hail
May 10

Are We Seeing More Hail In A Warmer, Wetter World? Experts Say Not Yet

“Come hell, hail or high water.” For anyone who has had their car dinged or shingles shredded, there’s a perception that damaging hail is on the rise. But a careful look at the observational record suggests otherwise. As a meteorologist and businessman, I respond to data. If I ignore data, evidence or trends that make me uncomfortable, I quickly go out of business. Separating out the signal of climate change from the noise of random everyday weather is challenging. When it comes to hail trends, perception, and a changing observational baseline over time, may be trumping reality. A graphic from...

Android Weather SDK
April 1

Android Weather SDK and ProGuard

In the Android development world, everyone knows about ProGuard. What they think of it, however, depends on where and when they ran into it. I mean, back in the 90’s anyone who knew anything about the WWF knew about Andre the Giant. But they weren’t always thrilled to see him – especially in the ring. ProGuard is a great tool, as is evident by the fact that it is part of the Android ecosystem by default. Like most things, when it works with you, it’s awesome! If Andre is your tag team partner, you can tag out and relax with...

satellite image of earth with hurricane
March 8

Rapid Ocean Warming Poses New Challenges for Tropical Cyclone Prediction

Better Hurricane Forecasts Will Require Near-Real-Time, Deep Ocean Monitoring “How many more eyewall replacement cycles before landfall? Let me check the latest real-time, deep ocean temperature anomalies first”. This scenario may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. Recent studies confirm warming of the world’s oceans is taking place faster than previously estimated; as much as 40% faster than the United Nations estimated in 2015. The implications of warming seas include stronger and more rapidly-intensifying hurricanes and more extreme rainfall amounts. Research confirms roughly 93% of the additional warming from man-made greenhouse gases is going into the world’s oceans. Climate...

Network Operation Improvements with Real-Time Weather
September 10

How Crack Network Operations Teams Are Learning to Preempt Weather-Related Issues

In today’s digital environment, even short periods of network downtime can result in frustrated employees, angry customers, and the loss of millions in revenue. That elevation in business risk has pushed today’s network operations professionals into the spotlight – one where the temperature is hot and there’s little room for error or delays. With advancements in computing and machine learning, reductions in network downtime have been achieved by preemptively identifying and addressing issues before they manifest into habitual pain points. Historically, teams have leveraged internal sources of data to power these insights. Unfortunately, those efforts have limitations in the incredibly...

July 10

Flood Frequency and Intensity is Increasing – Are You Factoring the Latest Trends?

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. Inland Flooding On The Rise. In fact, flooding is the costliest natural disaster in the United States. It accounted for more than $268 billion in damage in 2017,...

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...

The Impact of Weather Within Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
April 30

All Things Unmanned: The Impact of Weather on UAS

by Ross Harrison These are exciting times in the world of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and advancements are moving at record speeds. UAS encapsulates the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV/drone), its’ corresponding ground-based controller, and the communications systems between the two. With ever-improving sensors and cameras, businesses are benefiting from the increased ability to execute on mission-critical applications – from disaster relief, search and rescue missions, and fire services to commercial inspections & crop management. Add to this the advancements in package delivery from industry leaders like Amazon (Prime Air) and Google (Project Wing) and we all are sitting at a...