Google Earth takes on the Weather Channel

July 30, 2010: 12:27 PM ET

A new layer allows users to see realistic weather patterns in real time.

I've used a few different desktop weather applications (and recently some mobile ones) to get the lowdown on what's really coming my way during inclement weather.  What I usually look at is the Doppler radar which paints a pretty good picture of what precipitation one can expect.  As per usual, Google (GOOG) is now one-upping the ante on those products.  You've been able to see weather in Earth since 2007, but now you can actually see that view that you see on TV weather forcasts:

The only downside is that this layer isn't available for Earth on mobile devices yet.  I'm sure it is on the drawing board.

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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