With all of the great features in Google Earth 5.2, one that often gets overlooked is the great weather enhancements.
The radar layers have been around since late 2007, and they haven’t changed a whole lot since then. In March of 2008 they expanded to more countries, giving you satellite and radar imagery for any place that you want to see.
With this latest update, they’ve added a bit more eye candy. If you fly beneath a rainstorm, you’ll actually see rain falling in Google Earth! This requires a fairly powerful graphics card, though I don’t know the specifics on that.
Turn on the radar, find a green area and watch it rain! If you’re not able to see it, here’s a screenshot to show you what it’s like:
For more about this, you can read the full entry on the Google Lat Long Blog.