Hurricane Gustav looks like it is headed for the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. Google Earth is a great tool for checking weather, and especially for tracking hurricanes. You can overlay weather satellite photos, radar, storm tracks, real-time lightning strikes, pressure maps, wind maps, sea surface temperatures, and more. Google Earth Blog (GEB) has written about many of the tools available in the past. Not only that, but we have pulled together a single network link that lets you get access to many of the tools in once convenient package. Download the GEB weather tools and check out the many datasets starting with two different storm tracking tools. You can also read more details about the collection.
To help you understand what’s possible with these weather tools, here is a video demonstration:
There’s also an excellent new tool available for Google Earth which lets you follow the hurricane hunters as they fly into the storms and collect data. Check out the story about live hurricane hunter mission data.
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.
Here’s one more place where you can view track
and various types of satellite imagery (vis, ir,
microwave, scatterometer, radar) for all active
Click on the orange “KML” button
for the storm that you are interested in. Click on any hurricane placemarks to bring up the data selection box.
The “Information” button in your “Places” panel has more information in text and a PDF users guide.
Michael Drury says
Sorry, the KML file crashes GE, latest version, as soon as I click on the box.
Frank Taylor says
The weather tools file has a LOT of image overlays. You should never turn on the entire collection. You should open the folders and only turn on one item at a time. Some of the folders have several sub-folders as well. If you experiment, you should become familiar with which parts of each tool you can use safely.
Brian Hamlin says
The programmers at San Diego State CalIT2 lab have put together an animated KML of wind velocities for Hurricane Gustav. Open up the folders and choose a scene. Click on ‘Play’ on the timeline to se the animation.
Ryan (KCOQNB) says
Nicely done, it took two tries to make it work. Had a could not open error the first time.
There is a lot of data available, but I do have a question, do the webcam icons actually link?