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Google Earth now Rains, Snows
[August 02, 2010]

Google Earth now Rains, Snows


TMCnet Contributing Editor
 
The latest version of Google (News - Alert) Earth now can display real-time rain and snow 'in certain parts of the world.'

According to industry observer Stan Schroeder, if you want to try to see it, 'enable the clouds layer, and then zoom in to a location where it's raining or snowing.' It only works in certain parts of North America and Europe. If you want to see where the new feature is available, enable the radar layer, Schroeder says.


'Version 5.2 of the popular global mapping product delivers the real-time effects, allowing users to keep tabs on the progress of tropical storms or check out the current weather at their favorite weekend getaway before they embark on a long drive,' reports industry observer Andy Carvell, who adds 'Of course, there are plenty of dedicated weather websites and software products, but the inclusion into Google Earth adds another cool effect to the popular application.'

Coolness seems to be the prevailing forecast for the new feature. The weather simulation 'adds another layer of coolness' to Google Earth, Schroeder thinks, and 'since it displays rain and snow in real time, the feature can be a precise visualization of what weather is like in a certain place.'

The Google Lat Long blog wrote 'This is a fun and useful tool for anyone planning to travel or who wants to check a specific area where a friend of relative might be visiting or living. For example, in preparation for my recent trip to the American southwest, I decided to check on the status of Hurricane Alex a few days in advance.'
But despite that rather broad hint, TechNewsDaily explains that 'to be clear, this is not predicting the weather, it is simply showing what the weather is like currently. Some people are using it to track the progress of Hurricane Alex in the Gulf, but there are many uses for it.'

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David's articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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