May 20

Hurricane Preparedness – Sources of Information

Before hurricane season begins, it’s important to identify sources that you can get accurate and up to the minute information from. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) are the official sources for hurricane forecasts, including track forecasts. These two sources also issue hurricane watches and warnings. Your local National Weather Service (NWS) office provides details into the types of impacts your location can expect from the storm. Emergency managers in your city, county, or state will make the final decisions regarding evacuations. Most of this information can typically be found online. The sources listed...

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May 19

Kubernetes: Extending Tools To Build New Things

On the Operations Team here at AerisWeather, we use Kubernetes to orchestrate our containerized applications and previously wrote about how much we love using it. Kubernetes and it’s CLI tool, kubectl, help deploy applications to our production environment in a consistent and reproducible manner. We can update high throughput applications in place with rolling updates, view cluster-wide metrics, and see what’s running where. Component integration in a large microservice application can be daunting, but we are able deploy our application with the help of Kubernetes. Emphasis on the “help”. We found ourselves not only integrating parts of our application together, but also parts of our DevOps...

May 18

Hurricane Preparedness – Survival Kit

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week and today’s topic is all about survival kits! It’s very important to keep a basic disaster kit in your house or place of business for a variety of emergency situations. Hurricanes are a little different than other weather events because they usually offer a bit more warning time. People sometimes choose to stay in their homes and ride out the hurricane. In these situations it is especially important to have a survival kit. Whether it’s for a tornado, hurricane, or other event, these kits should all contain the same types of items. A basic kit could...

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May 16

Data Visualizations – Making Weather Interactive

Each day, we process terabytes of data for use with our Aeris Weather API and Aeris Maps Platform and are always looking for improved ways to visualize all the data. D3.js is one of the most popular data visalization libraries for the web. By combining D3.js with other open-source libraries such as Crossfilter and DC.js, as well as our own Aeris Weather API, some great weather data visualizations are possible. Interactive Storm Reports Last month there were just under 11,000 storm reports across the US, which includes data on tornadoes, hail size, snowfall, rainfall and more. Visualizing such a large amount of...

May 6

Aeris Android SDK v1.2 Released

An update to the Aeris Android SDK is now available with an new map library! AMP’d Up This update to the AASDK is the beginning of some exciting changes for the cartographers amongst our ranks. The Aeris Android Map library now uses our very own Aeris Map Platform (AMP) for the weather data visualization in our apps! This first wave of AMP integration is focused on upgrading the existing legacy Aeris Overlays to AMP and pave the way for the additional layers available within our new map platform. In future updates of the SDK we will be adding new map...

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May 5

AerisWeather Now Integrated with WhirlyGlobe-Maply

AerisWeather is now integrated with the WhirlyGlobe-Maply mobile toolkit! Mousebird Consulting Inc. does high performance mobile data display. They make the WhirlyGlobe-Maply open source geo-spatial toolkit for iOS and Android. The toolkit is a mobile first SDK used in a variety of weather, aerospace, map, and education apps. The WhirlyGlobe-Maply toolkit already supports a wide variety of weather and aviation apps, so they just made it easier to fetch AerisWeather data layers. There are a few new MaplyAeris objects in the toolkit. These take your AerisWeather key, interrogate the available layers, and set up the necessary WhirlyGlobe-Maply objects. Get started...

April 12

Hail Basics

Most of us can agree that thunderstorms are one of nature’s most impressively beautiful, yet destructive phenomena. As we focus on severe weather awareness this month, let’s talk about one of many facets that make thunderstorms dangerous: hail. Did you know that hail causes nearly $1 billion in damage every year? Imagine a baseball being dropped from 30,000 ft. in the air. Did you know that that baseball reaches speeds of 120 mph as it falls to the ground? Now think about what that can do if you’re under it. Not pretty. That is the danger of hail. Couple that...

March 10

Major Flooding in the South to Continue

Major Flooding Continues Thanks to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office for the pictures below, which show how much water some spots are dealing with in the Southern U.S. after some historic rains. Incredibly, the rainfall isn’t over quite yet! 3 Day Rainfall The 3 day rainfall map suggests a large swath of 6″+ heavy rainfall has already fallen from eastern Texas into parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee! Some spots have actually seen close to 18″ in Louisiana! Flood Watches/Warnings Continue A number of flood watches/warnings continue with an additional 3″ to 6″+ rain possible through the end of the week! Additional Rainfall Next...

Aeris Pulse App Store
March 3

Aeris Pulse is now featured on the App Store

Now featured on the App Store as one of the best new apps, Aeris Pulse is the premiere severe weather app for iOS and Android! Never be surprised by the weather again with Aeris Pulse’s exclusive approaching weather threats. Using your current GPS location, Aeris Pulse highlights where the weather threats are relative to you. Receive push notifications and in-app alerts when hazardous or severe weather approaches your current location. Push notifications detail everything from heavy rainfall to severe storms with hail, lightning, and even tornadoes possible. You can also choose to receive notifications for National Weather Service (NWS) warnings for...

March 3

Severe Weather Preparedness

Severe weather can strike at any time, in just about any place. While chances are higher in certain parts of the country during certain parts of the year, that doesn’t mean it can’t easily strike out of season. Take for example November 17, 2013 when a High Risk of severe weather was in effect for parts of the Ohio Valley. At least 70 tornadoes touched down that day, many of which occurred in the state of Illinois – which typically sees most of its tornadoes in the April to June time frame. This is one reason why it is important...