with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

Weather Bonk – Weather With Google Maps

Incorporating Google Maps with weather reporting, Weather Bonk offers another way of weather watching.

Weather Bonk lets you view real time weather information on a map. This can provide some very interesting information, particularly in areas with microclimates, such as San Francisco. For example, summer in San Francisco can be particularly cold and foggy, and this map can help you to find a sunnier area of the city to visit. Clicking on the web cams give you a visual observation from a given location. Looking at wind direction can help you locate approaching weather fronts.

Where does the data come from?
The data comes from a combination of personal weather stations that are run from homes and schools as well as national weather services. Weather Underground, Weather Bug, Citizen Weather Observer Program, and National Weather Service are three of the major sites that compile this data. By default the map only displays a limited amount of data. Selecting ‘All Weather’ will display additional points but may take longer.

Hold your mouse over one of the marked zones to see the current weather conditions in a small hover box. Hold your mouse over one of the big exclaimation marks and you will see a still photo of a webcam in the area, giving a broad range of weather info for the United States. Very interesting, especially for those us becoming weather obsessed.

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