Tag: weather api

November 17

Lighting API and Mapping Enhancements

Our Lightning Add-On expands on our integration of Vaisala's lightning data and introduces several exciting new features, like a historical lightning data archive.

September 20

MapsGL Use Case Series: Consumer Applications

On August 1, 2022, AerisWeather launched a brand-new mapping solution, MapsGL, which is built on WebGL technology. Boasting smooth animations and endless ways to customize the display to your liking, MapsGL is truly the modern apex of weather mapping and data. Before getting into the details, let’s address the root question: What is WebGL technology? WebGL’s technology involves a process of encoding data, which is then deciphered through an SDK by an end device. This decoded data is then displayed as imagery – in our case, weather maps – using the powerful GPUs found in most mobile and desktop devices....

February 22

Why Integrate Weather Features into Your Outdoor Recreation App

A decade ago, Apple’s trademarked “there’s an app for that” would have been the saucy reply to someone looking to dive into a new activity or interest. Now, deep into the ages of smartphone technology, there are likely many apps for “that”. Earning and maintaining users in the smartphone application space can be an uphill battle, but incorporating weather features into your outdoor recreation app bolsters a user’s experience by allowing them to keep focus on a key component: the weather. Weather features are an invaluable addition to your applications – they foster a heightened sense of situational awareness, increase...

Threats Endpoint
April 28

Track Severe Weather with the Threats Endpoint

Springtime in the US signals the start of the severe weather season, bringing severe storms, hail, and tornadoes from the central plains through the mid-Atlantic and the southeast US. With this extreme weather, there is a need to accurately and quickly inform the public. To assist, AerisWeather offers a selection of severe weather APIs, mapping layers, and our new severe weather module for use within interactive maps. One of the unique severe weather endpoints, within the AerisWeather API, is the Threats Endpoint. The Threats Endpoint provides information on potential storm threats affecting the US, Puerto Rico, and Guam. What is the...

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...

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...

October 21

Create Animated Weather Maps with Leaflet and AerisWeather

Leaflet is the leading open-source JavaScript library for responsive, detailed, and extensible maps. Encompassing just 39 kilobytes of JavaScript code, this lightweight dependency takes advantage of the powerful OpenStreetMap basemap and supports both standard geocoded raster and vector imagery as well as WMS tile layers. AerisWeather users have long requested a tutorial teaching how to integrate with this library and we’re excited to deliver a solution. Building on previous iterations of tutorials where we’ve shown AerisWeather users how to use multiple tile servers, we’ll walk through integrating AerisWeather Maps with Leaflet’s powerful tile mapping library to create striking and informative...

Global Weather Conditions
October 1

New Weather Conditions Summary Endpoint

We’ve recently released our new weather conditions endpoint, which includes significant improvements since we first released it in beta. And to complement the conditions endpoint, we are announcing our new conditions/summary endpoint! What are condition summaries? The core conditions endpoint provides global, gap-free weather conditions for a specific point in time or on hourly intervals. However, you may prefer a summary of weather conditions over time, such as a day’s minimum and maximum values. This use-case is perfect for the conditions summary dataset. The conditions/summary endpoint can provide daily summaries or summaries over custom time ranges, such as over a...

October 1

Improved Weather Conditions

In June, we announced the new weather conditions endpoint which went into public beta initially. Since then, we’ve made several improvements to this endpoint which results in much-improved conditions information with the release of our AerisWeather API v1.14. Check out the release history to review the complete list of improvements in this API release. Improved Current Conditions The most popular usage of our new conditions endpoint is to obtain the weather conditions occurring right now for any given location. In this case, just query the conditions endpoint without time parameters or include the for=now parameter: /conditions/minneapolis,mn. Alternatively, use the for parameter: /conditions/minneapolis,mn?for=now. Since we’re now utilizing...

September 24

6 Reasons Why You Should Pay for Weather Data

A common question we receive at AerisWeather is “Why would I pay for weather data when I can get it from free sources?” As a leading provider of data-as-a-solution in the weather and environmental data space, we are here to share why “paid” is often your best value option over free or commodity weather sources – there are more benefits than you might think. Data Resolution and Expertise: The most common free sources of weather data like NOAA, Environment Canada, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, and other government entities leverage a finite network of measurement hardware primarily located at Airports.  As most...