The 3D is much better for showing my students the proper perspective of the large scale meteorological features. I now use both the 2D for the high resolution views by zooming in and the weather forecasts from the different models, although I prefer to call them simulations. I think the general public gets a better idea of what they are by saying simulation. It's not someone walking down a runways showing off the new bathing ware.
It's a great product and very instructive as well as entertaining,
Professor Art Horn, Meteorologist at Tunxis Community College