Radar layer dropped from Google Earth

Thank you to GEB reader Jonah for letting us know that Google appears to have quietly dropped the ‘radar’ layer from the weather layers. This is in addition to the “Conditions and Forecast” and “Ocean Observations” layers which were dropped last October, having been broken for quite some time.

Google has added a short comment to the announcement page for the previous layers on the Google Maps help forum:

Update (2017-01-18): We’ve also removed the “Radar” layer as our third-party data feed has broken as well.”

So all that is left in the weather layers now is the ‘Clouds’ layer.


We noticed this interesting triangle-shaped storm in the South Atlantic

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. Andrew Leahy says:

    Sadly the demise of the radar layer also means the end of the rain & snow visual effects in Google Earth. No more flying thru rain and swirling snow storms!

    • Andrew Leahy says:

      Hmm.. something is odd. Although there’s “no data” for the weather effects I just ran into some rain and snow in Nova Scotia! I wonder if it’s cached data?

      Search for ‘Gullivers Cove, NS, Canada’ and make sure the Weather > Clouds is checked. If you fly up and down the coast a bit and are under the cloud layer you can still see the rain and snow shader effect.

    • I miss radar!!!!!!!!!!!
      switching the other sources of weather data.

  2. Cant’t believe they got rid of radar, very disappointed.

  3. Something tells me it has to do with the public awareness of weather modification.

  4. Gabriel Borchsneius says:

    Upset this article never hit real news coverage, I’ve used this google Earth less and less and didn’t realize, why because the Doppler is no more! So long google Earth, thanks for starting my love hate relationship with you.

  5. martin holt says:

    Its down to Donald Trump he dont believe in climate change so he took out an executive order to get rid of radar and temperatures lol

  6. Bring back radar please.

  7. Bring back weather features. They are truely missed. I have to say, I’ve spoken to many of my friends and they were not aware of the features! Gasp!

  8. Craig Bergen says:

    My radar layer continues to appear whether I want it or not. Must be stuck at some space and time. My time slider states 4/19/2017. Was that when it officially was discontinued? Don’t really care. If someone knows how to get rid of it please advise. I tried uninstalling and re-installing and you know how that works. Still there.



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