With Hurricane Alex making landfall, the 2010 Hurricane season is underway. As we’ve shared in the past, Google Earth can be a great way to track these hurricanes as they develop.
The first place to start is the weather and storm tracking tools collection which Frank assembled a few years ago. It’s got a variety of layers that helps to view all of the current storms out there. You can read more about how he put this package together.
Another good resource is hurricane-tracking.co.uk’s download page. Their files are quite useful, but they generate a new one for each storm. It’d be nice to see them wrap all of the files into a network link so that it’d update automatically, but it’s still a useful tool to have.
Last year Google created a special layer for “Hurricane Season 2009” in the main “Weather” layer folder. They haven’t created a 2010 version, but I hope they will because the 2009 version was quite useful. In the meantime, the “clouds” and “radar” information in there is still helpful, but doesn’t do a lot in terms of storm tracking.
Do you know of other useful tools for tracking hurricanes/cyclones in Google Earth? Let us know in the comments section so others can use them as well.