Weather Layers

Weather Layers

The MapsGL SDK includes a variety of pre-configured weather layers for you to quickly add to your maps. These built-in layers are styled using standard styles from our raster maps product (opens in a new tab) by default except for new layers made possible with the MapsGL SDK.

Customizing Weather Layers

While the built-in weather layers are already configured with default styles, you can fully customize their appearance by overriding the default style configuration. Refer to the Weather Layers documentation for more details and examples of customizing weather layers.

Supported Layers

The following built-in weather layers are supported within MapsGL. Refer to the layer categories and their respective layers for more information about each layer, including update frequency and coverage regions:

  • Style: Layer style used when rendering the layer, using default paint styles that can be overridden
  • Animates: Whether the layer is animatable using the MapsGL map timeline
  • Updates: Update frequency for the data
  • Range: How far back (negative ranges) or how far into the future (positive ranges) the data is available for relative to now. Past ranges consist of archived observed data, whereas future ranges indicate forecast model data. Some weather layers contain both archive and forecast data, in which case time ranges in the past will return archive data and time ranges in the future will return forecast data.
  • Regions: Coverage regions included with the data set.
All
All available weather layers.
Air Quality - CO
air-quality-co
Measures the concentration of carbon monoxide (CO) in the air. Vehicles and other machinery that burn fossil fuels are the greatest sources of CO.
5x Multiplier
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
3 hour
Range
+4.5 days
Regions
Global
Air Quality Index
air-quality-index
Reflects the concentration of key air pollutants and how they related to health concerns.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
3 hour
Range
+4.5 days
Regions
Global
Air Quality Index Categories
air-quality-index-categories
Reflects the concentration of key air pollutants and how they related to health concerns. AQI is depicted by the AirNow air quality categories as outlined at https://www.airnow.gov/aqi/aqi-basics/
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
3 hour
Range
+4.5 days
Regions
Global
Air Quality - NO
air-quality-no
Measures the concentration of nitrogen monoxide (NO) in the air.
5x Multiplier
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
3 hour
Range
+4.5 days
Regions
Global
Air Quality - NO2
air-quality-no2
Measures the concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the air. NO2 primarily gets in the air from the burning of fuel and forms from the emissions from vehicles, power plants and off-road equipment.
5x Multiplier
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
3 hour
Range
+4.5 days
Regions
Global
Air Quality - O3
air-quality-o3
Measures the concentration of ozone (O3) in the air.
5x Multiplier
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
3 hour
Range
+4.5 days
Regions
Global
Air Quality - PM10
air-quality-pm10
Measures the concentration of particulate matter in the air whose particles are generally 10 micrometers and smaller (PM10).
5x Multiplier
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
3 hour
Range
+4.5 days
Regions
Global
Air Quality - PM2.5
air-quality-pm2p5
Measures the concentration of particulate matter in the air whose particles are generally 2.5 micrometers and smaller (PM2.5).
5x Multiplier
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
3 hour
Range
+4.5 days
Regions
Global
Air Quality - SO2
air-quality-so2
Measures the concentration of sulfur dioxide (SO2) in the air. SO2 results from the burning of either sulfur or materials containing sulfur.
5x Multiplier
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
3 hour
Range
+4.5 days
Regions
Global
Alerts
alerts
All currently active US, Canadian and European alerts as issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), Environment Canada (EC), MeteoAlarm, and the UK Met Office.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
2 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
US, Canada, Europe
Alerts (Outline)
alerts-outline
All currently active US, Canadian and European alerts as issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), Environment Canada (EC), MeteoAlarm, and the UK Met Office.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
2 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
US, Canada, Europe
Cloud Cover
cloud-cover
Cloud cover as a percentage.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 days to +15 days
Regions
Global
Convective Outlook
convective
Provides information on potential severe weather, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, damaging high winds, and hail as issued by the Storm Prediciton Center (SPC).
Style
Animates
No
Updates
Varies
Range
Regions
Convective Outlook (Outline)
convective-outline
Provides information on potential severe weather, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, damaging high winds, and hail as issued by the Storm Prediciton Center (SPC).
Style
Animates
No
Updates
Varies
Range
Regions
Dew Points
dew-points
Dew point temperature.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Drought Monitor
drought-monitor
Latest drought summary and severity as issued by the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1 week
Range
Regions
US
Drought Monitor (Outline)
drought-monitor-outline
Latest drought summary and severity as issued by the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1 week
Range
Regions
US
Earthquakes
earthquakes
Real-time global earthquake information.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
5 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
Global
Earthquakes (Heatmap)
earthquakes-heat
Real-time global earthquake information.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
5 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
Global
Feels Like Temperatures
feels-like
Feels-like, or apparent, temperature. This is a combination of the heat index for temperatures at or above 80F (26.67C) or wind chill at temperatures at or below 40F (4.44C).
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Wildfires
fires-obs
Currently active wildfires.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1 day
Range
-7 days
Regions
US, Canada
Wildfires (Heatmap)
fires-obs-heat
Currently active wildfires.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1 day
Range
Regions
US, Canada
Fires Outlook
fires-outlook
Fire weather outlooks and fire conditions as issued by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC).
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1 day
Range
Regions
Future Radar
fradar
Forecast areas of precipitation, including intensity and precipitation type (rain, mix, snow).
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
5 min
Range
+1 hour
Regions
Global
Forecast Road Weather Summary (Europe)
froad-weather-summary-europe
Depicts a summary of road conditions based on severity, where green indicates dry roads with no issues, yellow indicates the potential for hazardous road conditions (wet, slick), and red indicates a high risk of adverse road conditions.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
6 hour
Range
+24 hours
Regions
Europe
Forecast Road Weather Summary (Japan)
froad-weather-summary-japan
Depicts a summary of road conditions based on severity, where green indicates dry roads with no issues, yellow indicates the potential for hazardous road conditions (wet, slick), and red indicates a high risk of adverse road conditions.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
6 hour
Range
+24 hours
Regions
Japan
Forecast Road Weather Summary (US)
froad-weather-summary-us
Depicts a summary of road conditions based on severity, where green indicates dry roads with no issues, yellow indicates the potential for hazardous road conditions (wet, slick), and red indicates a high risk of adverse road conditions.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
6 hour
Range
+24 hours
Regions
US
Forecast Road Weather Surface (Europe)
froad-weather-surface-europe
Depicts the condition of the road surface, such as dry, moist, wet slush, snow or ice.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
6 hour
Range
+24 hours
Regions
Europe
Forecast Road Weather Surface (Japan)
froad-weather-surface-japan
Depicts the condition of the road surface, such as dry, moist, wet slush, snow or ice.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
6 hour
Range
+24 hours
Regions
Japan
Forecast Road Weather Surface (US)
froad-weather-surface-us
Depicts the condition of the road surface, such as dry, moist, wet slush, snow or ice.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
6 hour
Range
+24 hours
Regions
US
Heat Index
heat-index
Heat index, where temperatures are at or above 80F (26.67C)
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Humidity
humidity
Relative humidity percentage.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Lightning Strikes (All)
lightning-all
Aggregated cloud-to-ground and intracloud lightning flashes.
10x Multiplier
Style
Animates
No
Updates
5 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
Global
Lightning (Flash)
lightning-flash
Consolidated cloud-to-ground and cloud-to-cloud lightning strikes. Multiple lightning strikes within a 10km area and cloud-to-cloud pulses within a 20km area, within split seconds of each other, may be combined as an individual lightning flash.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
5 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
Global
Lightning Strikes
lightning-strikes
Cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.
10x Multiplier
Style
Animates
No
Updates
5 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
Global
Ocean Currents
ocean-currents
Ocean current speeds.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+7 days
Regions
Global
Ocean Currents (Particles)
ocean-currents-particles
Ocean current speeds and direction depicted by particles moving in a vector flow field.
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+7 days
Regions
Global
Accumulated Precipitation
precip
Accumulated precipitation amounts per interval.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 days to +15 days
Regions
Global
Surface Pressure
pressure-msl
Mean sea level pressure (MSLP).
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Surface Pressure (Contour)
pressure-msl-contour
Mean sea level pressure (MSLP).
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Radar
radar
Depicts areas of precipitation, including intensity and precipitation type (rain, mix, snow).
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
5 min
Range
-30 days
Regions
Global
River Observations
river-observations
River and lake observations about water level and flood stages.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 days
Regions
US
Road Weather Summary (Europe)
road-weather-summary-europe
Depicts a summary of road conditions based on severity, where green indicates dry roads with no issues, yellow indicates the potential for hazardous road conditions (wet, slick), and red indicates a high risk of adverse road conditions.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
15 min
Range
+2 hours
Regions
Europe
Road Weather Summary (Japan)
road-weather-summary-japan
Depicts a summary of road conditions based on severity, where green indicates dry roads with no issues, yellow indicates the potential for hazardous road conditions (wet, slick), and red indicates a high risk of adverse road conditions.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
15 min
Range
+2 hours
Regions
Japan
Road Weather Summary (US)
road-weather-summary-us
Depicts a summary of road conditions based on severity, where green indicates dry roads with no issues, yellow indicates the potential for hazardous road conditions (wet, slick), and red indicates a high risk of adverse road conditions.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
15 min
Range
+2 hours
Regions
US
Road Weather Surface (Europe)
road-weather-surface-europe
Depicts the condition of the road surface, such as dry, moist, wet slush, snow or ice.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
15 min
Range
+2 hours
Regions
Europe
Road Weather Surface (Japan)
road-weather-surface-japan
Depicts the condition of the road surface, such as dry, moist, wet slush, snow or ice.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
15 min
Range
+2 hours
Regions
Japan
Road Weather Surface (US)
road-weather-surface-us
Depicts the condition of the road surface, such as dry, moist, wet slush, snow or ice.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
15 min
Range
+2 hours
Regions
US
Satellite
satellite
Black and white infrared satellite imagery.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
US: 15 min, Global: 3 hours
Range
-7 days
Regions
Global
Geocolor Satellite
satellite-geocolor
Geocolor satellite imagery.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
US, Japan, Australia: 10 min, Europe: 15 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
Global
Infrared Color Satellite
satellite-infrared-color
Color infrared satellite imagery based on cloud top temperature.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
US: 15 min, Global: 2 hours
Range
-7 days
Regions
Global
Visible Satellite
satellite-visible
Visible satellite imagery.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
15 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
Global
Water Vapor Satellite
satellite-water-vapor
Satellite imagery depicting the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
15 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
Global
Snow Depth
snow-depth
Snow depth on the ground.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Sea Surface Temperatures
sst
Ocean temperature close to the surface.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+7 days
Regions
Global
Storm Cells
stormcells
Radar-derived data that attempts to identify and track storm cell movement, along with reporting cell intensity and certain severe weather signatures within the cell, like rotation and hail. This layer is a combination of `stormcells-positions`, `stormcells-tracks`, and `stormcells-cones`.
Animates
No
Updates
3 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
US
Storm Cell Forecast Cones
stormcells-cones
Forecast cone component of observed storm cells.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
3 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
US
Storm Cells (Heatmap)
stormcells-heat
Radar-derived data that attempts to identify and track storm cell movement, along with reporting cell intensity and certain severe weather signatures within the cell, like rotation and hail.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
3 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
US
Storm Cell Positions
stormcells-positions
Position component of observed storm cells.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
3 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
US
Storm Cell Tracks
stormcells-tracks
Forecast track component of observed storm cells.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
3 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
US
Storm Reports
stormreports
Local storm reports (LSR) as transmitted by the National Weather Service (NWS).
Style
Animates
No
Updates
15 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
US
Storm Reports  (Heatmap)
stormreports-heat
Local storm reports (LSR) as transmitted by the National Weather Service (NWS).
Style
Animates
No
Updates
15 min
Range
-7 days
Regions
US
Storm Surge
storm-surge
Amount of abnormal rise of water over and above the predicted astronomical tides.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+7 days
Regions
Global
Swell 2 Direction
swell2-dir
Direction of movement of secondary ocean swells.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Swell 2 Heights
swell2-heights
Secondary swell height, which is the difference between the elevations of a swell crest and a neighboring trough.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Swell 2 Direction (Particles)
swell2-particles
Direction of movement of secondary ocean swells depicted by particles moving in a vector flow field. The speed of particles does not indicate the speed of swells.
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Swell 2 Periods
swell2-periods
Secondary swell period, which is the time it takes for two successive swell crests to reach a fixed point. The greater the number of seconds between swells, the larger the resulting wave.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Swell 3 Direction
swell3-dir
Direction of movement of tertiary ocean swells.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Swell 3 Heights
swell3-heights
Tertiary swell height, which is the difference between the elevations of a swell crest and a neighboring trough.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Swell 3 Direction (Particles)
swell3-particles
Direction of movement of tertiary ocean swells depicted by particles moving in a vector flow field. The speed of particles does not indicate the speed of swells.
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Swell 3 Periods
swell3-periods
Tertiary swell period, which is the time it takes for two successive swell crests to reach a fixed point. The greater the number of seconds between swells, the larger the resulting wave.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Swell Direction
swell-dir
Direction of movement of primary ocean swells.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Swell Heights
swell-heights
Primary swell height, which is the difference between the elevations of a swell crest and a neighboring trough.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Swell Direction (Particles)
swell-particles
Direction of movement of primary ocean swells depicted by particles moving in a vector flow field. The speed of particles does not indicate the speed of swells.
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Swell Periods
swell-periods
Primary swell period, which is the time it takes for two successive swell crests to reach a fixed point. The greater the number of seconds between swells, the larger the resulting wave.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Temperatures
temperatures
Surface temperatures.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
24-Hour Temperature Change
temperatures-24hr-change
Change in degrees of temperature between the requested time and the same time 24-hours ago.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Temperatures (Contour)
temperatures-contour
Surface temperatures as isolines.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Tide Heights
tide-heights
Height of the tide relative to the chart (tidal) datum, which can be positive or negative. The tidal datum is the height of the water used as a zero reference.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+7 days
Regions
Global
Tropical Cyclones
tropical-cyclones
Combined layer consisting of tropical cyclone tracks, lines, positions, names, and forecasts for active storms only.
Animates
No
Updates
1-6 hours
Range
Regions
Global
Tropical Cyclones Archive
tropical-cyclones-archive
Combined layer consisting of tropical cyclone tracks and lines for all active and past storms.
Animates
No
Updates
1-6 hours
Range
Regions
Global
Tropical Cyclones Forecast Error Cones
tropical-cyclones-forecast-error-cones
Tropical cyclone forecast error cones for active storms only.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1-6 hours
Range
Regions
Global
Tropical Cyclones Forecast Lines
tropical-cyclones-forecast-lines
Tropical cyclone forecast track lines for active storms only.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1-6 hours
Range
Regions
Global
Tropical Cyclones Forecast Points
tropical-cyclones-forecast-points
Tropical cyclone forecast track points for active storms only.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1-6 hours
Range
Regions
Global
Tropical Cyclones Invests
tropical-cyclones-invests
Current tropical invests, which are areas of low pressure with the potential of further tropical development.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1-6 hours
Range
Regions
Global
Tropical Cyclones Names
tropical-cyclones-names
Current names of active tropical cyclones.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1-6 hours
Range
Regions
Global
Tropical Cyclones Positions
tropical-cyclones-positions
Current positions of active tropical cyclones.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1-6 hours
Range
Regions
Global
Tropical Cyclones Track Lines
tropical-cyclones-track-lines
Tropical cyclone track lines for active storms only.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1-6 hours
Range
Regions
Global
Tropical Cyclones Track Lines Archive
tropical-cyclones-track-lines-archive
Tropical cyclone track lines for all active and past storms.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1-6 hours
Range
Regions
Global
Tropical Cyclones Track Points
tropical-cyclones-track-points
Tropical cyclone track points for active storms only.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1-6 hours
Range
Regions
Global
Tropical Cyclones Track Points Archive
tropical-cyclones-track-points-archive
Tropical cyclone track points for all active and past storms.
Style
Animates
No
Updates
1-6 hours
Range
Regions
Global
Ultraviolet Index (UVI)
uvi
Ultraviolet index (UVI) at the requested time.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 days
Regions
Global
Visibility
visibility
Visibility as a distance.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Wave Direction
wave-dir
Direction of movement of ocean waves.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Wave Heights
wave-heights
Significant wave height, which is the difference between the elevations of a wave crest and a neighboring trough.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Wave Direction (Particles)
wave-particles
Direction of movement of ocean waves depicted by particles moving in a vector flow field. The speed of particles does not indicate the speed of waves.
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Wave Periods
wave-periods
Wave period, which is the time it takes for two successive wave crests to reach a fixed point. The greater the number of seconds between waves, the larger the resulting wave.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
6 hour
Range
+15 days
Regions
Global
Wind Barbs
wind-barbs
Surface wind speeds and direction depicted by wind barbs.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Wind Chill
wind-chill
Wind chill, where temperatures are at or below 40F (4.44C).
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Wind Direction
wind-dir
Surface wind direction depicted by a grid of arrows.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Wind Particles
wind-particles
Surface wind speeds and direction depicted by particles moving in a vector flow field.
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Wind Speeds
wind-speeds
Surface wind speeds.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global
Wind Speeds (Contour)
wind-speeds-contour
Surface wind speeds as isolines.
Style
Animates
Yes
Updates
1 hour
Range
-7 to +15 days
Regions
Global