Weather Data for Mobile Apps and Websites that Utilize Cloud Computing

Weather Data for Mobile Apps and Websites that Utilize Cloud Computing

By Special Guest
Boris Dzhingarov
  |  April 23, 2019



There are plenty of mobile apps and websites that make use of cloud computing to sync data in the cloud. Some of these can use weather data to provide real-time information that helps visitors or mobile users to stay better informed.

The ability to incorporate weather data into current cloud computing is not just restricted to live weather either. In fact, weather is accessible from the perspective of previously recorded weather conditions in different parts of the world, along with future weather predictions too.

In this article, we look at what modern weather and map platforms can offer mobile app developers and website developers alike.

Basic Weather Information Output

Using the Aeris Weather mapping platform, it’s possible to generate customer weather maps that provide a static view at a certain place, date and time.

For instance, these maps can cover several U.S. states and colorfully depict the noticeable weather patterns indicated in the area. The severity of the color over certain parts of one or more states can confirm the severity of the weather.

For website owners who find it useful to confirm the past weather conditions (whether from a few hours ago or a week ago), this type of technology is very helpful. It also doesn’t require coding knowledge because Aeris (News - Alert) provide an online map builder to get the map that’s needed and the code too.

Going Interactive on a Website

Embedded interactive web elements can be added to web pages providing a more flexible approach for sites that don’t mind using JavaScript (people who’ve disabled JavaScript in their web browser won’t see the map).

Using both Open Street Maps imagery data along with the Aeris Map Radar system to overlay weather conditions, it’s possible for website visitors to move the map around to check weather patterns in different countries or states. The Leaflet coding library is used for one version, but also a map similar to Google (News - Alert) Maps can be embedded with familiar map zooming buttons in the top-left corner of the map as well.

Using the Software Development Kit

Aeris also has an interactive mapping SDK that programmers can use to provide far more exacting maps for their own use. These can be for internal or public web pages and include many extra controls down the left-hand side of the shown map.

The SDK provides the option to code an application like a SaaS and use the live weather mapping data in visual form programmatically. In this way, the SaaS (News - Alert) or regular website can choose to display different maps based on what’s required at that moment.

Full Mobile Integration

Full mobile integration is now possible with some mapping solutions.

Some are available just for the iOS system from Apple whereas others provide access to Android (News - Alert) devices. A mobile SDK is often issued so it will work on one or other mobile platforms to let mobile developers dynamically code in-weather data mapping into their apps. Aeris have done this and other weather mapping services are sure to follow.

Incorporating weather data mapping into cloud computing is an interesting new development. There are many useful applications for this technology with eager app and site developers finding new uses for it every day.