Google Earth is a program that was developed by Keyhole Inc a, company acquired by Google in 2004. It is a virtual globe and a geographic information program that has become extremely popular since its launch. Used by amateur meteorologists, businesses and homes alike, Google Earth has provided several uses to people across the world. With the help of images obtained from satellite imagery and aerial photography, it maps the earth by the superimposition of images.

Google Earth has undoubtedly been an excellent way to search and explore the globe. The web engine, which serves as a staple to people across the globe, has added another feather to its cap. Understanding the true pulse of its target users, it has now come up with a new Google Earth update. Google Earth 5.2, the new version, has added a real time weather layer to itself, to help the people know what the weather is like in any part of the world.

Now with the new version, the Google Earth users who earlier used to look at satellite images of maps, buildings, terrain and popular locations, are going to witness new refinements in the latest application. According to Google software programmer Quarup Barreirinhas, the new version would offer images of snow and rain over different parts of the world, as they would occur. However the new feature of Google earth is only available in the Google Earth desktop’s latest version. So if you have Google Earth as an iPhone application or is available in any other mobile devices, the devices won’t be able to support the latest one. Also, only parts of North America and Western Europe are covered under it.

To set up the weather simulation, you would first need to access the program, go to the weather tab and then enable the clouds layer. You can zoom in to a desired location after that and check if the 5.2 update is working. Once you enable the cloud layer, the clouds can be tracked and precipitation on updating radar can be seen. It is not only a fun tool but can be very useful to people who are about to travel to a particular location. Using the application, they can make up their minds whether to postpone or go ahead with their travel plans.

With additional features updated, the new version that was launched in June 2010, has become bigger and better than ever before. Now you can view places that have changed with the passage of time. You can check out melting ice caps, coastal erosion and suburban sprawl. In the new ocean layer, you can not only look at the sea from a distance but can plunge all the way into it, right to the floors. All is needed is to take an extra step to get access to all the fascinating features. A tour to far flung locations and viewing different parts of the world which you have never seen before is an exhilarating, cost free experience which should not be missed!