Last summer Google Earth Blog collected a few of the better tools for tracking storms in Google Earth. Now GEB will maintain a network link with some of the best weather tracking tools available. If you save the weather and tracking tools network link in your My Places you will automatically get the latest collection when you turn it on. The current collection contains a global hurricane tracking tool, global cloud maps, severe weather warning data and radar data from NOAA for the US, weather observations for the US from WeatherBonk, a real-time day/night viewing tool, and the global annual lightning flash rate map from NASA. The collection will grow and improve over time. Here is a list of the current contents with links to stories about the tools here at the GEB:
- Hurricanes – Live positions
- Global Cloud Map
- NOAA Severe Weather
- Weather Bonk – For Google Maps, but GE file available
- Real-Time Day and Night Earth
- Annual Lightning Flash Rate
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.
Jeremy Cothran says
Thanks for collecting these. I’d also like to recommend the following near real-time ocean observing platform placemarks and overlays being provided as a network link documented here earlier http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2006/04/near_realtime_o.html
Thanks for the links. That Big red patch covering the arctic region that reads ‘Loading’ is cool! 😀
Image overlays flashing on and off in GE4.
Some overlays which cover most of the earth eg satellite pictures just stay off, occasionally flashing on for a second. Smaller images flash on and off at random. Sometime mouse movements seem to trigger the flashing.
Others are seeing the same:
john sapyta says
Very nice add-on to GE, I like the real time radar and clouds. VERY cool.
thank you so much, you make storm tracking easier with real time relevance. your work and effort is greatly appreciated.
this made today news
Steve Chesney says
Sadly, the NOAA storm track link no longer works (August 11, 2007).
does the low pressure area tracker is included in this application for google earth?
Comes in handy for me, I travel quite often and it is a good tool. The only thing is that I cannot update it. So it is not really live… one has to restart the whole Google Earth.
Eiichi Tsukamoto says
“Hurricane tracker” that has put “Hurricanes – Live positions” are
Does not work at all.
Useless in the coming typhoon season.
What should I do?
More info on Ghana