Live Global Clouds for Google Earth
The global cloud imagery is based on a composite map from GMS, METEOSAT and GOES satellites, provided by xplanet. A script running on my server adds alpha transparency to this.
Live Global Clouds
Placing the clouds at altitude means the layer can be viewed from underneath, giving a slightly more life-like appearance to GE’s built in blue atmosphere effect at low viewing angles.
Note: As the xplanet website explains about the cloud map:
…These images are not real snapshots nor are they particularly accurate; they are mosaics created from geostationary weather satellite images. The times of the source images may differ by several hours since they are only available at limited times during the day. The cloud maps are not calibrated or carefully geolocated. They are only meant to make the earth look pretty!
Special thanks to Canoro at the Google Earth community for the suggestion of creating drop shadows using a blackened version of the cloud overlay.
– 10 day Global Cloud Animation