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Google Maps Weather

Posted By Kevin On August 29, 2011 @ 5:43 PM In Using The Internet | 1 Comment

In an effort to aid users who are planning trips, outdoor activities, or who just want to check weather conditions and forecasts anywhere in the world, Google Maps [1] has introduced an optional weather layer. Weather data for this feature is provided by Weather.com [2], and is enhanced by cloud imagery from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory [3].

To activate it, check Weather in the widgets list in the upper right corner of a Google Map.

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Current weather conditions are displayed when the cursor is held over a weather icon.

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Click the icon to receive a four day forecast for that location, along with more detailed information on current conditions (humidity, wind speed and direction, etc.).

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The information panel reveals weather from the surrounding area, along with options to display information in different formats (Show/Hide panel control seen below).

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Wind speeds can be displayed in miles per hour (mph), kilometers per hour (km/h), or meters per second (m/s), and temperatures in either Fahrenheit or Celsius. More detailed weather information can be obtained at the Weather.com link, appearing at the bottom of the panel.

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Zooming out reveals cloud coverage; a feature controlled by a Show/Hide clouds link in the panel.

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Combining weather with Google Maps is a great idea, but weather forecasts are typically about as accurate as predictions by psychics and economists, so if your next trip includes outdoor activities based on a sunny forecast, you may still want to pack an umbrella.

For more cool stuff on Google Maps, see the articles, Google Maps (In 3D) [4], and New Google Maps Features [5].

~Kevin


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URLs in this post:

[1] Google Maps: http://maps.google.com/maps

[2] Weather.com: http://www.weather.com/

[3] U.S. Naval Research Laboratory: http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/

[4] Google Maps (In 3D): http://www.worldstart.com/google-maps-in-3d/

[5] New Google Maps Features: http://www.worldstart.com/new-google-maps-features/