Storm Tracking Tools – Hurricane Wilma

With another Category 5 storm to watch (Hurricane Wilma) this is a good time to remind people that Google Earth can be a powerful tool for tracking storms. Here is a collection of automated storm tracking tools for instant use within Google Earth. These tools allow you to see the track and forecasts for all current tropical storms around the world. They also give you access to nearby towns, webcams at those towns, satellite photos (water vapor, infared, visible), spectral scans, sea surface temperatures, global cloud maps, and more. Also included is a variety of published data including winds, barometric pressure, and much more.
[Edit 20-Oct-2005: added Global NASA dynamic data including SST, Rainfall, and wind magnitudes. From pdchawaii].

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Tracking Hurricane Wilma

    Here we go again. Google Earth Blog has a collection of downloadable automated storm tracking tools (KMZ file). Google Maps Mania points to a couple of Google Maps based storm trackers. Spatially Adjusted links to ESRI’s existing hurricane viewer and…

  2. Does anyone know of link for a world wide water temp map?

  3. It’s in the storm tracking tools KMZ file I’ve provided. There’s actually more than one version. Look for SST (Sea Surface Temperature) placemarks.

  4. Aqeel Ahmed says:

    Dear google,
    This website is cool, I didn’t ever see this concept before, this website is also imprasive and I don’t have words to say about this website, but I will tell you something, you are genious.
    Aqeel Ahmed

  5. Frank:
    I have downloaded your overlays and find them quite useful. I notice that the registration is off quite some distance in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific. Is there a way of fine tuning this? Your overlay in this area has another map with them which reveals the large errors.

  6. Some satellite photos are taken at angles which require special manipulation software to correct the projection onto the speherical earth. The authors of these tools don’t necessarily have access to such special software, and focus on aligning for the focus of the photo. If you have a better source for the photo, you can recommend it to the authors (or me) and we can try to get it updated.

  7. I am doing a report on storm tracking for my fifth grade science class. Can you lead me to a web site where I can find out information about what is storm tracking? Thanks

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