|WX2KML : Aviation Weather in GoogleEarth|
GoogleEarth is a quite useful tool in initial flight planning. While it offers basic weather information like IR satellite and radar imagery in the "Weather" layer, actual aviation weather data is missing.
Open this KML file in GoogleEarth to display METARs, TAFs, and PIREPs. You might also be interested in my temporary flight restriction (TFR) display for GoogleEarth
The symbol is according to the reported cloud cover:
The color of the symbol is according to the flight category:
Note that by default PIREP display is disabled. Simply click the checkbox for it in the "Places" area of GoogleEarth.
The data is requested every time you change the viewing area directly from the US National Weather Service, specifically the Experimental Aviation Digital Data Service. This data is slightly less reliable than the official released weather data, and service might be unavailable at times.
Even though this data can be helpful in flight planning, do
NOT rely on the displayed data to be accurate!
To say it clearly, I'd really hate it, if anyone gets hurt
from using the little script I wrote. In Legalese this reads like
For further information contact: Lutz Latta (llatta at 2ld.de)
<Last update: 27 May 2011>