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Google Maps adds weather layer

Google Maps just got even more useful: Starting Thursday, the search giant added a "weather layer" to Maps that you can use to check out current temperatures and forecasts around the world.

To add the weather layer when you're looking at a Google Map, just "hover over the widget in the upper right corner .... (and) select the weather layer from the list of options," said Jonah Jones, Google user experience designer on the company's blog. "When zoomed out, you’ll see a map with current weather conditions from U.S. Naval Research Lab. And, if you look closely, you can also tell if it’s day or night around the world by sun and moon icons."

You can check out the weather layer here.

Who knows — maybe Maps' weather info will take the place of stand-alone widgets and apps that now give us the same data, but clutter our digital desktops?

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