Here is an easy way to get the South Florida Water Management District 20+ hurricane models (and weather data) into Google Earth Pro. This is great for Security Operations Networks, Network Operations Centers, Emergency Operations Centers, or other operations locations.
- Download Google Earth Pro here: https://www.google.com/earth/download/gep/agree.html
- Copy and paste this URL (you don’t need to copy/paste the code: just the URL). This will auto update track data every “300” (I’m assuming every 300 seconds, the code doesn’t specify in comments): https://my.sfwmd.gov/sfwmd/common/images/weather/storm_autoupdate.kml
- Right-click on “My Places” and select “Add” –> “Network Link“
- Give your new network link a name and paste the URL in the “Link” box. Feel free to add any additional information you have then click “OK“.
- You should now see the SFWMD plots updated every 300 (seconds?). You can display full-screen in your Emergency Operations Center or “fly” around to see plots overlaid on other features such as 3D cities.
- Coupled with NWS Weather Data from this URL (https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/kmzgenerator.php) you can have a really powerful real-time overlay on impact areas and zones. I’ve found this a much better method than using GIS from HSIN or other providers.