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August 18, 2011

Weather Layer in Google Maps

Google Maps added a layer for weather. Just mouse over the satellite box and select "weather" from the list of layers.

"When zoomed out, you'll see a map with current weather conditions from U.S. Naval Research Lab. And, if you look closely, you can also tell if it's day or night around the world by sun and moon icons. Enabling the weather layer also gives you an instant weather report for friends and family living around the world," informs Google. Weather reports are powered by and include information about the current conditions (humidity, wind speed, temperature) and a 4-day forecast.

The nice thing about Google Maps layers is that you can combine them. For example, you can enable both the terrain and the weather layers, like you can see in the screenshot above.


  1. Google Maps is smart enough to display the information in standard units (like degrees Celsius), but if you click on a link that sends you to, it uses some weird outdated 18th century units that are only used in a couple of backward countries (like degrees Fahrenheit).
    IMHO a major bug. If it can't be smart enough to autodetect, it should at least default to *standard* units.

    1. So yeah Google is based in California so a default to Fahrenheit is not a problem

  2. Google maps are really helpful. I've try using it.

  3. i don't know about you guys, but i do find the weather girl is beautiful and hot.. :-)

  4. Google Maps is great but I'd love to see the real-time weather situation especially when it's raining too much...

  5. how i get google weather map on my website