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26 de Septiembre 2005

Nice Global Cloud Map

Global Cloud Map in Google EarthA few weeks ago I provided a link to a "Clouds of the Earth" Google Earth file which recently stopped working. This is a good time to introduce a new, and much improved GE file for showing all the clouds around the Earth. Chris Parsons wrote a script to process a global satellite map which turns the non-cloud portions transparent. The data updates once every three hours. Download the new [updated] Global Clouds . This is the closest I've seen GE appear to real satellite photos of the Earth. Chris tells what tools he is using in his post at the Google Earth Community. Amazing work Chris!

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 26 de Septiembre 2005 a las 11:06 AM

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    That is really cool! I have a lot of friends in the Meteorology Dept. of my university that are going to love this!

    Enviado por: Jason at 26 de Septiembre 2005 a las 01:06 PM

    This is indeed a nice improvement on the earlier version that didn't have any transparency.
    Now, if only GE would support some form of animation so we could see the clouds moving.

    Enviado por: aardbij at 28 de Septiembre 2005 a las 02:29 AM

    Animating image overlays will be a tricky upgrade. But, I suspect we will see it eventually.

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 28 de Septiembre 2005 a las 08:20 AM

    Well if i had a say in planning the next features, i'd do the following:
    - add a scripting environment to GE, so we can manipulate the kml objects using some visual basic language.
    - add a timescrollbar which controls kml properties: visibility and locations based on some time coding.

    Enviado por: aardbij at 28 de Septiembre 2005 a las 09:41 AM

    Well, dynamic overlays already exist.
    I saw (on this site or another) a dynamic vector overlay showing flight and planes trace (speed and elevation) and refreshing every 10 second.
    Why couldn't we expect the same things for raster overlays ?


    Enviado por: jmbuton at 8 de Diciembre 2005 a las 10:36 AM

    Cloud cover does not work anymore! Why?

    Enviado por: Jensen Roth at 29 de Marzo 2006 a las 04:19 PM

    Yes, the server was taken off line. The author and I are trying to find a new home for the script and image file (it averages about 5Gbytes of traffic a month).

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 29 de Marzo 2006 a las 11:33 PM

    Good News: the Global Cloud Map is working again thanks to some help from Google!

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 3 de Abril 2006 a las 10:17 PM

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