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Tracking Storms with Google Earth

Updated on December 8, 2015

Some people are really into storms. They can sit for hours in front of the weather channel watching the current conditions around the world. They have the weather bug on their computer.

Some people are storm chasers. Their adrenaline pumps wildly as they hop into their customized vehicles heading off to the nearest storm cell to monitor tornadic activity. Remember Bill Paxton in "Twister"?

I've always had a healthy appreciation for the weather. I guess it comes from living in Texas where the weather can go from one extreme to the other in a short amount of time. Tornadoes, or at least the threat of them, has always been a part of the springtime as much as watching the peach trees beginning to bud and blossom.

Tracking a Hurricane with Google Earth (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)
Tracking a Hurricane with Google Earth (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Google Earth Storm Tracking

Google Earth is an incredibly versatile and handy tool that you have easy access to simply by getting the free download from Google.

One of the most useful features on Google Earth is storm tracking. Google Earth utilizes real-time information like live webcam feeds, satellite photos, sea surface temperatures, radar animations, severe weather alerts, and hurricane tracking from other sites like NOAA (National Oceanographic and Aeronautics Administration),, Tropical Atlantic, NASA and WeatherBonk and overlays the information. All of this information is bundled together into the Google Earth Weather and Storm Tracking Tools Collection.

The information is designed to be turned on one layer at a time, but some go together like lightning strikes and clouds. You can turn on the first layer of "Hurricanes-Live Positions" and see the latest storms. It shows you the track of the storm and it's strength if it's already classified as a hurricane. On the "Weather-Clouds" layer you can view the current cloud formation around the world.

Download Google Earth

I haven't played with this feature much yet, so I'm not able to tell you all the in's and out's of it, but I'm excited about the possibilities.

If you're interested in storm tracking, I would suggest you download the latest version of Google Earth and visit the links I've provided below and go through the tutorials available to learn all you can about the diferent features Google offers.

I hope you have as much fun with this feature as I've had with some of the other features on Google Earth. Be sure to check out all my other Google Earth hubs.


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    • Xenonlit profile image

      Xenonlit 6 years ago

      I would love to have all of the Google everything! When I get my next mobile device, I will have this. Great article.

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      RalphGreene 6 years ago

      Google Earth is really new to me. Good to hear about this news.Thanks for sharing.

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      Karen Curtis 7 years ago from Central Texas

      You're welcome frogyfish! Thanks for stopping by!

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      I was glad to learn this 'live' storm information as I was not aware of the tracking ability of Google Earth. Thanks!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you kunika!

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      kunika 8 years ago

      Great hub!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you Paradise! I've enjoyed writing my Google Earth series. I keep finding things it'll do. :) Thanks for being a fan and forwarding the link!

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      I like youir Google Earth hubs so much, that's why I originally became a fan. This feature could be VERY USEFUL to my relatives in Florida, who live on the coast and are sometimes subject to hurricanes. I believe I'll forward my uncle the link.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you eovery! Not everything is updated that fast on Google Earth, but the weather is.

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      eovery 8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      You have been very busy tonight.

      Thanks for this information. I didn't think Google Earth updated that fast. Now I know better.

      Keep on hubbing!