Storm Tracking with Google Earth

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Track Hurricanes and Tropical Storms in Google Earth

Storm Tracking with Google Earth iPhone, iPad or Computer users access storm data using the Google Earth application.

Click on Google Earth image to download file from open using Google Earth to visualize storm in real-time. Must have Google Earth installed first.

This is an experimental service

The National Weather Service produces several data sets that are available in formats available to import into Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS is a collection of computer hardware, software, and geographic data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. It takes the numbers and words from the rows and columns in databases and spreadsheets and puts them on a map

The following links will either provide kml/kmz files, will link you to a page with these type of files, or displays info in a GIS viewer.

ESRI’s ArcGIS Explorer – KML file format support – free download from

GoogleEarth viewer – KML file format support – free download from


RIDGE Image and Warning Output to KML/KMZ

While the RIDGE radar display allows for the use of interactive toggles with the image, RIDGE images can be best utilized with GIS software.

Visit the NWS website Standards Description Website which explains KML in more detail. With the kmz files here
you can display any of the the National Weather Service RIDGE radar images including polygons. Choose your overlay from any of the following possibilities…

  • a single NWS radar image
    • by individual radar
    • by a statewide composite
  • multiple images by individual radar, or
  • choose any combination of radars and images.
  • Real-time NWS polygon warnings

KML 2.1 and some earth viewing applications support animation of image overlays.

download Google Earth live storm tracking kmz file

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In 1995 At Maui High Performance Computing Center The Maui Scientific Analysis & Visualization of the Environment Program was first incubated. I was the principal investigator of this independant research project which was a joint development between MHPCC, Silicon Graphics Computers (SGI) & NKO.ORG. Using SGI Cosmo Worlds software, we pioneered the development of Internet based 3D virtual reality GIS based interactive worlds. In 1996 with a network of seven high performance SGI workstations we pioneered development of live streaming MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Real Video and QuickTime Streaming Server utilizing Kassenna MediaBase software. In Maui 2002 we pioneered and tested the first wireless live streaming video using laptop computers and Maui Sky Fiber's portable 3G wireless device. In Maui we pioneered live streaming video using usb modems from AT&T , Verizon as well as live streaming from iPhone 3 over 3G wireless networks. Today The Maui S.A.V.E. Program has diversified into storm tracking including visualization and analysis of large, memory-intensive gridded data sets such as the National Hurricane Center's wind speed probabilities. I volunteer my services to numerous Disaster Services Organizations. In June 2013 I returned from Hurricane Sandy deployment as a computer operations service associate with the Disaster Services Technology Group assisting as The American Red Cross migrated from a Disaster Response Operation to Long Term Recovery Operations. Pioneering the production/editing and Internet distribution of HD video to sites like and we are shining the light towards environmental and peace efforts of humans across the globe. Since 1992 I have held the vision of establishing Maui, Hawaii as the environmental sciences center of the world. After His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet came to Maui This vision has expanded to establishing Maui as the environmental & peace center of the world.

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