Easy Grids in Google Earth
For those of you that live your lives on the grid (ba hahaha! oh, I slay me), the great Free Geography Tools blog posted a link to some grid layers shared by Earth Point. The grids include Degrees/Minutes/Seconds, WGRS, UTM, UPS, and MGRS (functionally equivalent to USNG). Just click the appropriate button, and way you’ll go. Of course, if all you want is a Lat/Lon grid in Google Earth, just hit View->Lat/Lon Grid.
The Earth Point grid overlays give you mouse-over information for the grid, as well as the ability to click on a point and see where you are in strings of nearly indecipherable letters and numbers. For example, I’m sitting at USNG (MGRS) 17SKR1657644269 (or thereabouts - I may have to become less precise in my position as my metabolism ungracefully slips in to middle age). It’s been quite a while since I first wrote about using the USNG, and I still don’t quite get the appeal. But I digress.