The Atlantic hurricane season started this month. In past years Google added a hurricane tracking layer to Google Earth. That doesn’t seem to be the case this year. Fortunately, you can still track hurricanes in Google Earth if you follow the directions shared by Seattle meteorologist Morgan Palmer. The directions are straight-forward, but you will need to be able to download files to your computer and have the latest version of Google Earth installed in order to track hurricanes in Google Earth.
Applications for Education
Using Google Earth to look at the path of hurricanes and other storms is one way to bring current news into the science classroom. Tracking hurricanes in Google Earth is a good way to teach students how to use Google Earth while teaching lessons about hurricanes and tropical storms.
H/T to the Google Earth Blog.