Thursday, August 18, 2011

Google's new travel toy

I have mixed feelings about google maps. They're useful for general information on routes but I've found they tend to overestimate traveling time. Also their written directions often seem to be a little convoluted and hard to follow. Not a huge deal and I do still use it a lot but it's never going to replace the utility of the GPS. However, this is very cool and is something the GPS can't do.
Today, we’re adding a weather layer on Google Maps that displays current temps and conditions around the globe, and will hopefully make travel and activity planning easier.

To add the weather layer, hover over the widget in the upper right corner of Google Maps and select the weather layer from the list of options. When zoomed out, you’ll see a map with current weather conditions from for various locations, with icons to denote sun, clouds, rain and so on. You can also see cloud coverage, thanks to our partners at the U.S. Naval Research Lab.
Going to fall in love with Google maps all over again for doing this. Click the link to see all the other fun features.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Ya, but you need a computer. All this has been available for mariners for a while now, direct from satellite and in real time (and costing real money)

10:15:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Good news I have a computer and I use it to plan my routes. Also, too -- free is good.

10:47:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I plan to stay home

2:53:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hurricane season already pretty dicey down there?

7:11:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

There's a disturbance way, way out there that has a chance of becoming something that might hit Florida, but it's too soon to tell. Peak threat level is Sept 10. So far we haven't had anything and we're still in a severe drought condition.

11:56:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Drought pretty much all over the south to varying degrees, while I'm hearing reports of torrential t-storms up north. But Al Gore is fat, so it means nothing.

7:52:00 PM  

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