Monday, September 5, 2011

Tracking hurricane wind speeds in Google Earth

starGoogle Earth Blog
September 5, 2011 9:15 AM
by Google Earth Blog

Tracking hurricane wind speeds in Google Earth

Back in 2006, we showed you a tool from Jeremy Cothran at the University of South Carolina that provided a ton of near real-time weather data from various sensors around the southeastern United States.

Jeremy has now taken that vast amount of data, and simplified it to highlight significant events among those sensors. In particular, it highlights wind gusts over 30 mph or wave heights over five feet. The result, when combined with other tools such as Google's built-in satellite overlay, can be quite useful.


The more significant events are shown using larger icons, making it easier to see where the heart of the action is. You can view it yourself by loading this KMZ file into Google Earth. You can also view the data using Google Maps, but it loses the label styling and time slider functionality.

In both cases, the data shown is from the past 24 hours, and is updated hourly with new information. Nice work, Jeremy!


Dr. Art Trembanis
Associate Professor
109 Penny Hall
Department of Geological Sciences
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
University of Delaware
Newark DE 19716

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