Monthly Cloud Animations for Google Earth

Blue Marble and clouds in Google EarthThose of you who have been reading this blog for a while know I like the ability to show satellite views of clouds over the Earth. To me it quickly illustrates how Google Earth can pull in information from places on the Internet, overlay them over the Earth, and produce a visualization which is both informative and beautiful to behold. Earlier this year, Google Earth Community member ‘barnabu’ (who has produced many cool time animations and 3D models for GE – see below) wrote a script to capture each image overlay of global clouds which are produced every three hours. He used this to produce a cloud animation for the past 10 days (about 5 Mbytes each). He now has enough data (for the first five months of the year) that he has compiled month-long cloud animations (about 16 Mbytes each). You could load more than one of these, but they will likely slow down your machine because they are so large. But, it is definitely cool watching an animation of an entire month of weather progression. For example, check out the cloud animation for January (16 Mbytes). Once it loads in Google Earth, hit the “play” button (the right-arrow to the right of the time slider) to start the time animation.
A special note of thanks to Hari Nair at Xplanet who wrote the program that produces the composite satellite photos global clouds.
Other cool things by ‘barnabu':

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



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