Google adds weather data to Maps

Google on Thursday announced the addition of current weather information and cloud data from around the world to its Google Maps application, by an arrangement with The Weather Channel’s weather.com and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

The new “weather layer” can be activated through a widget in the upper right corner of Google Maps. Clicking on the weather icon for a particular city opens a window with data like current humidity and wind conditions, as well as a forecast for the next four days, said Jonah Jones, a Google user experience designer, in a blog post.

Users can also change on the left-hand panel the units of wind speed and temperature, and enable or disable the viewing of clouds when zoomed out from the map.

The weather data comes from weather.com, while information on cloud coverage is provided by the Naval Research Laboratory, Google said.

Google Maps already offers information on topography and current traffic conditions for a number of locations. It added the live traffic feature in July in 13 countries in Europe.

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