[UPDATED 5PM EST] With Hurricane Gustav still bashing Lousianna, we now have Hurricane Hanna over the Bahamas. Hurricane Hanna is likely to hit the George/South Carolina coastal areas by Friday – now expected to be a category 2 storm when it strikes (up from category 1 earlier today). 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. Here is a set of weather tools in a single network link that lets you get access to great weather data in one convenient package. 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 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.