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Google Maps Adds Weather Layer

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Google announced the addition of a weather layer to Google Maps, where users can see current temperatures and conditions anywhere on Google Maps.

Google thinks this may help make travel easier. It can’t hurt to see the weather as you’re planning the route you’re about to journey upon.

Users will see “weather” added to the list in the widget in the right hand corner of Google Maps (with traffic, photos, etc.). When selected, you’ll not only see weather info on the map itself, but in the left panel, you’ll see current temps from The Weather Channel’s weather.com for the areas that are on the screen. There is also cloud coverage info from the U.S. Naval Research Lab.

“And, if you look closely, you can also tell if it’s day or night around the world by sun and moon icons,” notes user experience designer Jonah Jones.

If you click on the weather icon for a city, it will open a window displaying data about humidity, wind conditions and the four-day forecast. Users can also adjust units for wind speed and temperature, and enable/disable clouds.

Speaking of the weather and the Weather Channel, Twitter announced last week that it has teamed up with The Weather Channel on social weather, which sees TWC using tweets about weather for an interesting citizen weather reporting feature.

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  • shsa

    in google map for mobile ?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Good question. Google didn’t specify in the announcement. I’m not seeing weather in the Android app, which I just updated. I’d expect it to roll out eventually.

      • http://www.virtuosolegalmarketing.com Brad

        Not in adroid app yet. They can be slow in rolling things like this out.

  • Antonio Sa

    Will this feature be available to the google maps API?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Also a good question. I have not seen this addressed.

  • http://www.expertmagentodevelopers.com magento experts

    this would be pretty cool….hope they will announce for mobile soon

  • Daverk

    Why they take so long to release these things for mobile devices?