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Global Cloud Animation

Global Weather Animation in Google EarthGoogle Earth add-on displaying a time animation of global cloud coverage over the previous 10 days.

The animation comprises 20 image overlays, at approximately 12 hour intervals. These are half resolution versions of the cloud map used in my live cloud layer.

A script running on my server downloads the cloud files produced by xplanet.sourceforge.net (based on near-live GOES, METEOSAT, and GMS satellite imagery),  adds transparency to these,  and updates the timeline twice a day.   I’ve labelled each picture in the file with a timestamp, enabling you to see exactly when each was generated.

Global Cloud Animation

Viewing Tips

– To rapidly download all the cloud images into this animation, expand the time slider to maximum:

Expanded Time Slider

– Then minimize it once everything is loaded in:

Minimized Time Slider

– Start the animation by hitting the play button.
– Playback options, including speed settings, are accessible via the white clock icon.

The images are stored individually on my server so the first time you open the file, the download may take a while longer than a normal 5MB download.

Live Cloud Layer

  1. A3
    June 4th, 2007 at 20:01 | #1


  2. oriol003
    June 23rd, 2007 at 02:30 | #2

    This is awesome! thanks

  3. September 2nd, 2007 at 03:53 | #3

    cool cool daniel carston I love google earth.

  4. Jessica
    December 30th, 2007 at 21:04 | #4

    This is wonderful, thanks! I am going to use it to help demonstrate global circulation of the atmosphere in a course I teach.

  5. frank sharlock
    January 22nd, 2008 at 20:27 | #5

    Sorry to put a spanner in the works, but I first downloaded the London Eye and that ran fine. I then downloaded the clouds anim and when I opened the file, I still had the London Eye in the background. The time slidder was going from minimum to maximum and back and the wheel was only visable when the slidder was at minimum, other than that, the wheel disappears.
    I have tried downloading the ‘Clouds’ again without success.
    I would be grateful for any suggestions.

  6. James
    January 24th, 2008 at 14:50 | #6

    Frank – It’s not possible to play both of these simultaneously. You’ll have to switch one off before playing the other.

    Just the way Google Earth currently works.

  7. salman
    February 2nd, 2008 at 07:50 | #7

    if u have any rain plugin or rain animation so plz tell me.
    and i download tese all plugin all great.

  8. alm eriksson
    February 8th, 2008 at 12:42 | #8

    Love it ….. i´ll miss werry mutsh inf because my English aint so good.
    o pleas can you fix an autotranslater // @£€

  9. hossein
    May 15th, 2008 at 06:12 | #9

    I need google erth (new version)
    please sent me


  10. pastollsky
    September 28th, 2008 at 14:28 | #10

    great idea! been looking for s.thing like this for ages! Thankx for the effort!
    Can it stretch to month/year long animations?
    …. excellent tool for understanding weather via cloud movement!

  11. nora
    December 24th, 2008 at 19:02 | #11

    i love this site

  12. January 23rd, 2009 at 10:21 | #12

    now i found good earth image what i was finding

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