Google Adds More Countries with Weather Radar Layer

Expanded Weather Radar in Google EarthLast November Google added a weather layer which included a global cloud layer, and weather radar for the US. Today Google has expanded the radar layer coverage to include: Europe, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. (The European coverage is limited to the north central part of Europe.) The new weather radar data once again comes from You can find the new weather information under the Weather layer on the lower left of Google Earth like this:

If you open the Weather layer folder, and click on the Information placemark, you can load a 6 hour radar animation as well.
There’s another weather site which has some great Google Earth weather files called GuiWeather. They have a weather radar visualization for the US which I think looks even better (higher resolution for one thing). And they have a radar animation built-in to the same file.
See also NOAA Radar data in Google Earth here, and here.

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. And check for some European radar images that are updated every 15 minutes. Not only on their website (also PDA and as iGoogle gadget), but as an animated Google Maps image overlay and Google Earth networklink overlay as well (not animated, unfortunately).

  2. Szabolcs says:

    The radar layer is still very very far from covering Europe. It only has Germany, France, the British Isles, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland. That is less than 15% of Europe.

  3. I would love to understand how anybody makes any money by providing this type of data to the world. Is this simply an extension of government “public” data or is this from a business that is trying to make money?

  4. ali asghar sadeghi says:

    I would Like to have a periodic weather Report on my mail box If it is possible , thank you so very much for your complete Survey of the weather , I will be Looking forward to be hearing from your beautiful Site . my best Regards. ali asghar sadeghi

  5. Nice post. Just ran across it today and tried it out in Google Earth. I’m in Germany and if you turn both the Weather Radar (Rain) and Cloud Coverage layers on, you can definitely see a swirl. Looks like that tornado weather has followed me all the way from Mississippi.

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