10 amazing Google Earth add-ons

Maps from centuries past, paths of satellites whizzing by, global warming brought to life: User-created Google Earth mashups present a dizzying array of information in a new and imaginative graphical form.

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Thar She Blows

Have you ever noticed how weather reports for where you live always seem to be completely wrong? That's particularly problematic when the forces of nature threaten to have devastating effects. So in the true spirit of the Web, a Google Earth forums user known as "glooton" created a potentially lifesaving link that lets you check for yourself how the weather might affect you. The data displayed in Google Earth tracks the paths and positions of every major storm and hurricane across the entire planet. The data updates every 10 minutes, and enables anyone with a PC to be his or her own personal meteorologist.

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