How to Use Google Maps to Find Weather, Environmental Data

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-07-25

From tornados to lightning strikes to hurricanes and earthquakes, each year the residents of the United States face a barrage of weather and environmental poundings that often leave death and destruction in their wake. Over time, official statistics are then compiled about such incidents that can then be used by federal, state and local authorities to compile disaster response plans, to improve first-responder training and to better educate residents about the potential dangers they could face from storms and the natural environment. In February, Google created its first-ever Google Maps Gallery, which aims to be a one-stop destination for everything from crisis maps to historical maps to maps of school districts and more that are being assembled to help users find just the information they are seeking. In the Gallery's crisis maps section, storm, wind and earthquake data (and much more) is available for analysis from across the United States. Here is a sampling of some of those maps and the fascinating data that they illustrate.


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