Someone from the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan posted a Google Maps mashup which shows the paths of tornadoes from 1950-2004 (they have plans to do more). If you click on the tornado icon for one of the paths, you can click on the tab which says “Fly the Path” which lets you download the path for that tornado into Google Earth. This way you can get a close view in 3D of the path of the tornado.
It would be nice if they also let you download an entire month’s worth of tornado paths into GE. I’d like to see someone use this same technique for hurricane paths. The same interface could be used with just a different data set.
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.
Is there a kmz file to download this?