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Monthly Global Cloud Sequences in Google Earth

January Weather in Google EarthThe script that creates the ten day rolling time animation of global cloud coverage downloads and keeps a permanent archive of the xplanet cloud cover images at 3 hour intervals.

The obvious thing to do with these images is make longer animations!

This is what I’ve done here. In month long periods – From May 2006. These work the same way as my dynamic timeline, with the cloud images at 12 hour intervals. About 60 per file.

They don’t make for perfectly smooth animation – the overlay is a composite from several satellites which don’t update at the same time. But it is possible to see weather features such as hurricanes spinning across the globe

Either click on a date (below), or use the networklink to select and open them from within Google Earth. The files are large – around 14MB each.

2006: May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec
2007: Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec
2008: Jan|Feb|Mar|Apr|May|Jun|Jul|Aug|Sep|Oct|Nov|Dec

Networklink to all the files

Note: It is possible to download more than one of the files and play them back to back, but bear in mind the time series are very resource hungry. More than two or three together will probably struggle on many systems – they do on mine.

I’ll add monthly updates as I get the images.

10 Day Global Cloud Animation
Live Cloud Layer

  1. January 28th, 2010 at 22:41 | #1

    Any chance you will continue updating this? I’d love to see the dec 2009/ jan 2010 cold snap

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