Use your mouse to rotate and zoom.
This is a Chrome Experiment
Cloud Globe is an interactive visualization of cloud data from July 1, 2010 to September 12, 2012. The imagery was compiled from an archive of hourly snapshots used to create the weather layer in Google Maps. To see current global cloud cover, visit Google Maps, turn on the Weather layer, then zoom out to the global view.
Please note: at the time this visualization was created (September 2012), storm data was only available for 2010 and 2011.
WEBM: The images are combined together into a WEBM video, which is then wrapped around the globe.
Google Cloud Storage: The WEBM video file is stored and accessed via Google's appropriately named scalable storage infrastructure.
Google App Engine: The project code is hosted on Google's cloud computing platform.
Cloud imagery provided by the Google Maps team and the US Naval Research Lab.
Storm data provided by U.S. NOAA/National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in conjunction with the World Data Center for Meteorology at NCDC.
Vegetation map provided by NASA Earth Observations.
Boundary map derived from Wikipedia.
Ocean current information provided by NOC.
This visualization was created by the Google Data Arts Team. For more interactive globe examples, visit WebGL Globe.