Google Earth SNOTEL Data Layer
Opening the SNOTEL data layer in
the Google Earth application allows you to view and zoom in on data in a three-dimensional view.
The Google Earth application requires a fast internet connection. Ensure your system matches the
requirements outlined by
2) Download and install the
Google Earth application. If you have
any problems, consult the
Google Earth Support webpage.
Note: There are alternatives to Google Earth, such as NASA's WorldWind and ESRI's ArcExplorer, both of which are free.
3) Download the SNOTEL ".kmz" data file from the links below. The
file on the left displays the station name on the map, which is good for
fine-scale analysis. For a broader view of conditions, viewing the data
without labels (the file on the right) may be preferable. The
application may automatically launch on opening a ".kmz" file.
4) Browse around or zoom in to your basin of interest. Click
individual sites for more information, both on the map and in the "Places"
frame on the left. Use the "Places" frame to find a specific station,
organized by state.
5) Anytime you use this application, come to this webpage and click
on the above links to the data files. Important!
If you save the ".kmz" file locally to your computer, it will only
contain the data from the day you acquired it and will not automatically
refresh. To ensure you have the latest data, always come back to this
These files are updated daily around 7:30 am and 12:30
Pacific Time with midnight summaries of the previous day's data. The
symbols are color-coded by the current snow water equivalent as
a percent of the 1981-2010 normal on this date.
Clicking on a symbol will reveal additional information, including a
photo of the site, more real-time data, and links to charts and additional
In the file with labels, the stations are organized in the "Places"
tab by state. Click the check box to display
individual sites or entire states. The top folder also allows the
addition (or removal) of the NRCS logo and legend.
Additional Google Earth Data
Supply Forecasts layer.