Tracking Hurricane Sandy in Google Earth

With Hurricane Sandy hitting the Bahamas and heading toward the United States, Google has set up their Crisis Response Map to try to help with the situation. The map includes various tools such as public alerts, emergency shelters and (as pointed out by Google Maps Mania and shown below) wind speed probability charts.


If you’re in Google Earth, there are some great tools available to you in there as well. By opening the [Weather] layer, you can turn on near-real-time [Clouds] and [Radar] layers, which show the storm gaining strength:

If you turn on the main [Places] layer in Google Earth, a small hurricane icon will appear in the center of the storm. By clicking the icon you can view news, advisories, as well as three and five day path predictions.

If you come across any other tools that help with the tracking of this storm, leave a comment below and let us know.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Excellent post. I use Google Earth tools as radar, clouds, etc.
    Also I downloaded an excellent kml created by the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC-CIMSS) has created a huge set of climate-related overlays that can be view in Google Earth.
    I leave the link to download the link to kml and try it, is a mine of meteorological data.
    Have a good weekend.

  2. First of compared to “Frankenstorm” and now due to huge evacuation compared to Hurricane Irene in August 2011. Now Sandy it the path to make its own history.. best to watch and look
    via sandy live updates

  3. Great post. I like Google Earth, very cool.
    My prayers goes out to all the families.

  4. David Prater Jr. says:

    This site worked very well during hurricane Sandy helped to save lives. I suggest that you keep it up and going under all weather conditions so that it gives a readiness source for all to visit and use at anytime. This site is very good work and I applaud you. Thank you for your help in such a critical time in our weather history.

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