When I was a kid, I wanted to be a Meteorologist when I grew up. Well, I still haven’t grown up. And… I still love to play with the weather. I use WeatherBug on my computer, for many reasons. But today, Google announced a VERY cool new feature for their Google Earth application.
Google Earth now has interactive weather maps. Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips. The current collection contains a global hurricane tracking tool, global cloud maps, severe weather warning data and radar data from NOAA for the US, weather observations for the US from WeatherBonk, a real-time day/night viewing tool, and the global annual lightning flash rate map from NASA.
The newest version of Google Earth also includes a feature to check out the world beyond Earth! Switch your view to see the sky above your Earth location, and explore far-away galaxies, nebulae, and more. Zoom in to see imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope, learn about the lifecycle of a star, or even view the constellations. After all, the Earth doesn’t sit in a vacuum… that would be an awful waste of space.
For most of us, the free version of Google Earth is quite enough. There are pro and plus versions, but I believe that those would only be useful to hard core weather people, meteorologists, and the like. For me… free is where it’s at. I can see that it’s cloudy in Seattle (go figure!)… and what’s this? PINK clouds above Wirelesspacket’s house? That can’t be good. Who ever heard of fluffy pink clouds?
After this was published, a reader emailed me with this additional information. I thought you might like these alternatives, so decided to include it within this post:
It is an interactive map (which uses Google Earth). Weather .com has been using it for about 4 months that I know of. Shortcut to Site.
Double click on the interactive and then it works just like Google Earth (It is GE actually) without running the program. Then click on the tab for “Weather Layers”.
You can check radar or cloud or both. You can get pretty close to the exact area you live and see the clouds and radar if there is bad weather in the area. You can also adjust the transparency of the
clouds. It is pretty cool website.
Another thing I like is by Accuweather it is a program that runs in the bottom tray of your web page on Firefox. It runs on both OS X and Windows. I like this better than weather bug, because it has the current temperature and current weather icon and the up coming day and the next day’s weather. If you put your cursor over the radar icon a small radar map appears. If your cursor goes over the day the conditions and wind speed appear. If you click on them it brings you to the Accuweather web page. You can get this feature at the Firefox
Ad On’s page and go to the Forecastfox link.
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