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Weather Channel Storms Into Google Maps

Now for some Google news that doesn’t involve its proposed $12.5 billion mega-deal for Motorola.

Google Maps has added a weather “layer,” which shows current weather conditions and five-day forecasts from The Weather Channel for points in the U.S. and internationally.

You can toggle on the the weather layer — along with the other options, like traffic — in the top right corner on Google Maps. Weather information will show up on the map, and you can click each location for more details (and click through to for even more info). The cloud coverage data for Google Maps is provided by the U.S. Naval Research Lab.

It’s another example of how Weather Channel, already one of the biggest sites on the Internet (No. 24 for June 2011 with 40.1 million unique visitors, according to comScore) is extending tentacles with other partnerships. Last week the programmer hooked up with Twitter (see Weather Channel Hosts Social Mixer With Twitter).

Here’s a video tutorial of the Google Maps with weather:


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