Tracking Tropical Storm Karen with Google Earth

While Tropical Storm Karen is continuing to weaken as it approaches land, it is never wise to ignore a storm of this size if you’re in the path. If you’d like to keep an eye on Karen using Google Earht, you have a few options.

While much of NOAA is shut down due to the U.S. Governmental shutdown, they’re keeping Karen-related information up and running.  In fact, the KML that they provide (which you can download here) is an excellent tool for learning about Karen in Google Earth.

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There are also some useful tools built directly into Google Earth.  Under the “Layers” on the left side of your screen is an option for [Weather], which contains layers for clouds and radar imagery, among others.

You can also turn on the main [Places] layer on the left, which will reveal an icon in the Gulf of Mexico that can be clicked on to show more information about Tropical Storm Karen.  Enabling a few of these layers will result in something like this:

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If you come across any other useful tools for tracking this storm, please leave a comment below and let us know about them.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



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