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.
Looking out at open ocean, it is hard to grasp the enormity of the Gulf Oil Spill. Google Earth helps put the size into perspective.
Using Google Earth, Paul Rademacher has built a tool to show just how enormous the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico has become compared to places like Manhattan, Paris, London, and other global landmarks. You'll need the Google earth plug-in downloadable here to MORESeth Weintraub - May 11, 2010 11:19 AM ET
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