Greg Gould of Geodesic Development has created a unique Google Earth Hurricane Visualization using a custom .NET application to turn NOAA storm track data into a visually exciting KML animation of the 2010 hurricane season.
“The app uses a custom .NET class library to handle calculations, data processing, and KML text generation for each storm track, which was obtained from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s National Hurricane Center website. Each storm data file is processed and exported to its own KML file and combined to visualize the entire season.
The DBF data is manually downloaded as a separate file to create KML animation. This file is processed locally as a simple database table with known storm data for each track point, e.g. Name, Dates, Intensity, Category, and Position. These data points will determine which overlay to use and how it gets displayed,” explains Greg.