What’s that image: United States

Yesterday we had a look at the most recent Google Earth imagery update. Today, we are having a look at what interesting sights can be found in the imagery, specifically in the United States. In a later post we will look at other parts of the world.

We have looked at the work of Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada before. Another of his works is now visible in the Google Earth imagery of San Antonio, Texas. It is called Nyssa, after its subject, Nyssa Gomez. Read more about it on the artists website.


Nyssa, by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada.

We have already had a look at Super Bowl 50 in Google Earth. The Super Bowl title was won by the Denver Broncos, and when they got back home to Denver, Colorado, they held a victory parade. See ground level photos of the event here.


Crowds gathered for the Denver Broncos victory parade.

Heavy rains in December 2015 resulted in the flooding of the Mississippi River. We mentioned it at the time and had a look at previous Mississippi flooding events. Now, there is quite a lot of imagery in Google Earth relating to the event. St. Louis, Missouri, is at the confluence of three large rivers, the Mississippi River, the Missouri River and the Illinois River. There are a number of satellite images of the region captured in early January showing the flooding. There was more flooding in March but no related imagery as yet.

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Flooding in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Flooding in St. Louis, Missouri.

There are also images further down the Mississippi as the water travelled south.

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Flooding of the Mississippi near Osceola, Arkansas.

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Flooding of the Mississippi near Arkansas City, Arkansas.

There was a Tornado in Dallas, Texas, which was part of the same group of Tornadoes as the one we featured yesterday. See some aerial images here. There is an image of Dallas in Google Earth that was captured a few days after the Tornado in response to the event. But, based on this map we believe the main path of the tornado started just north of the image. There is also this funny story relating to the event. A demolition company charged with demolishing one of the houses damaged by the tornado relied a bit too heavily on Google Maps and demolished the wrong house!

For all the locations featured in this post, including outlines for some of the relevant imagery, download this KML file. Remember that much of the imagery can only be seen by switching to ‘historical imagery’.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.



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