Google has added a layer in Google Earth 5.2 that will help travelers plan their trips or see what the weather is like around the world. The app now offers images of rain and snow over areas as the conditions are occurring.
Google said it has added a real-time weather layer for Google
Earth to help travelers
plan their trips or see what the weather is like around the world.
Downloaded by more than 700 million people around the
world, Google Earth is a free desktop application that lets users search for
satellite images of maps, terrain and buildings, from the depths of the oceans
to the reaches of outer space.
The application, one of the few non-Web apps Google makes,
has been getting several refinements of late.
Google Earth 5.2 now offers
images of rain and snow over areas
as the conditions are occurring, according to Google software programmer Quarup
Amateur meteorologists and ordinary users alike will
enable the clouds layer in the control panel of Google Earth to zoom
in to a particular location where it might be raining or snowing.
Google's data for precipitation covers some areas in
North America and Europe. Users who want to try this feature can enable the
radar layer in Google Earth 5.2 to see if the relevant weather information is available.
In preparation for a trip to the American Southwest
earlier this year, Barreirinhas checked the status of Hurricane Alex via Google
Earth 5.2 in advance. The swirling mass in this screenshot
Noting that the hurricane was entering Mexico and Texas,
he zoomed in
and saw rain along the coastline
Google released Google Earth 5.2 in June, adding
a Web browser and support for
Apple's iPad tablet and other utilities, including the ability to view
elevation, speed and other information as a graph layer.