Internet monitoring company Renesys has graphed server uptime for the east coast during the week of Hurricane Sandy. The blog entry has details, but it is notable that they have divided the map into a grid squares of one tenth of a degree. I like the map, but dark/light would help as would weather animation. Also, some indication of server density in a grid cell would be welcome!
[Disclaimer: I do not work for FlightStats, but I have met some of them.] FlightStats has put up a heat map animation of airport disruptions during Hurricane Sandy. This map does have weather, but I think it could use some shading for day/night. Sometimes the flight data looks a bit like the hurricane data, but I think it's a noble effort to summarize complicated information.
To me, both maps show how interconnected modern society is and how data streams can be used to understand the scope of an event.
A new major version of Google Earth doesn't happen everyday, explore the world with tour guide and 3D imagery in Google Earth 7.
From the announcement: "A few months ago, we announced Google Earth for mobile, which offered new ways to see cities in 3D and a new tour guide feature to help you discover places of interest on the go. Starting today, you can get both of those features on a bigger screen that makes it even easier to explore by downloading Google Earth 7 on your desktop. Check out the comprehensive and accurate tours of more than 11,000 popular sites around the world, including our growing list of cities where new 3D imagery is available."
Other recent Google geonews:
Here's a last minute entry on what you'll find about Hurricane Sandy on the geoblogs.
It's obviously not the first time we talk about hurricane data and maps. From MapBox:
Here's the recent Google-related geonews in batch mode.
From the official sources:
From other sources: