NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Information

Google Earth

This tutorial explains how to quickly export the current view into Google Earth.

Before proceeding, please review the following tutorials and prerequisites:

  1. Completion of the Basic Tutorials and general comfort using the Viewer.
  2. The Loading Data Tutorial.
  3. Google Earth is installed on your computer. Google Earth Home Page.
  4. Have a basic understanding of how to use Google Earth. Visit the Google Earth Help Page.

After loading a data file into the Toolkit, press the 'Launch KMZ' button on the right side of the main viewer window. The 'Save KMZ' button provides the same functionality, but allows the user to choose the location of the saved KMZ file. Once you have clicked 'Launch KMZ' or 'Save KMZ' button, the KMZ Export Options window will appear.

KMZ Export Window

The KMZ Export Options window is where you can adjust visual and save options for the KMZ file. The options are explained below. Note that this example is for NEXRAD data (Radial data structure) and these options are slightly different for Gridded Data.

The following movie shows the 5 lowest sweeps of NEXRAD Reflectivity data from Hurricane Charley, filtered to values greater than 30 dBZ.

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