Google Maps add weather layer

Google Maps has added a “weather layer” to its offering, triggering a potential alternative to the “interactive weather maps” being offered by many stations.

Users can click a button in the upper right corner of the map interface to view cloud coverage imagery, current conditions and five-day forecasts.

The weather data is being provided through a partnership with The Weather Channel, while the cloud images is provided through the U.S. government.

The new feature is very similar to the interactive weather maps many stations have added to their websites and that are often heavily promoted.

That said, a key feature that’s missing from the Google offering is radar.