22 August 2011

Check the Weather with Google Maps

Ever since Google Maps launched Street View my family’s total online time has gone up by approximately 1 hour a day. Why? Because here was the irresistible idea to satisfy a traveler’s thirst. We would roam the streets of Tokyo, or the green roads of Ireland, or check the name of a store in Sweden just by browsing on our laptops from the top of the Google car. Not much left to ask when you need to plan a vacation, right?

Wrong.

Last week Google Maps became even more enticing by adding Weather to their tools. Official Google Blog: Rain or shine, see the weather in Google Maps. To check the temperatures, just go to the widget in the upper right corner of Google Maps and click on Weather. If you zoom out, you will see the weather icons for any location you choose, showing current temperatures in Fahrenheit and Celsius, humidity and wind speed in km/h, mph or m/s.




The icons also show you if it is day or night and don't worry if you see white spots above some regions – it is the current cloud coverage which can, of course, be turned on and off! 





If you click on a particular icon you will see detailed weather information about the location. 



Now think about how easy it has just become for you to check the weather conditions anywhere in the world. With a click or two you can be very well informed not just about your local weather or the place you are going to visit this time next year, but also about how your friends or relatives living around the world are doing in the current weather conditions. 

How often do you check the weather?

12 comments:

  1. Awesome! My hubby will love this. He spends almost as much time watching The Weather Channel as he does watching sports and The History Channel!

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  2. I love Google maps! I did not know that they now have weather. I will have to check it out.

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  3. So cool, did not know about the weather in Google maps. Hubby will loves this too:):)

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  4. Google Maps just got even better! I had no idea it did this.

    I check the weather just about everyday using the app on my phone.

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  5. The Weather layout is actually pretty new! It was launched at the end of last week.

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  6. I'll have to check it out. My family is scattered around the country so I check the weather for the US quite often through weather.com.

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  7. That's really cool! I will have to check out. I've also spent many hours on street view. I like to look up old areas where I've lived and see how they've changed over the years, as well as look up travel destinations.

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  8. I love the weather channel, and this looks like it will be pretty cool. Another reason to be online all day long :)
    Valerie
    Everyday Inspired

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  9. Cool, I usually just look out the window.

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  10. How cool! I could see the weather in my German pen-pal's town! :D So neat!

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