I decided it might be informative and interesting to install a local webcam. It can be used as a reference to the current weather conditions. The idea spawned from the 2013 snowmobile season. We had very little snow fall here in New Albany PA 18833. So, my neighbor and I started to look elsewhere. The challenge to was locate enough snow to go riding in addition to the cold freezing weather. I stumbled upon several webcams located near Tugg Hill Plateau, Lowville NY. We had heard that the riding was great in spike of what was happening elsewhere, mostly because of the lake effect snow that occurs in that region. I was very thankful for some of the webcam hosts had the foresight to include a snow depth gauge of sorts. The webcams included as part of the shot a visual way to know exactly how much snow was on the ground (total residual accumulation) in that location. That was contrast to the actual depth of snow on the trails, but at least we had a good indication what to expect in terms of snow. The disparity in the snow depth is a result of at least three things: 1. the trail groomer’s; who compact the snow and smooth off the trails and 2. the natural settling of the snow and 3. Usage.
I was inspired to provide something similar, not necessarily for the sake of snowmobiling, but just because I thought it was interesting. Additionally, I will be archiving all the images to create a “Year At A Glance.” This will be a time lapse video that will compile all the images shot in one year down to 3 minutes of time. I plan to do this at the end of each year.
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 | 1080p
Currently the equipment I am using is a Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 which records in 1080p. The camera has a Carl Zeiss lens, which was the main reason I purchased this model. It has auto exposure controls and auto focus. A new image is created every five (5) minutes and uploaded to the server. The page you are viewing will refresh automatically every five (5) to show the newest image captured. There are no new images captured after sunset. I use ImageCaster software which is freeware available from Econ Technologies. The software is only compatible with Macintosh computers. I happen to use the MacBook Pro.
Some features of the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910:
- Full HD 1080p video recording and smooth HD 720p video calling with Logitech Fluid CrystalTM Technology; 1-click video uploading to Facebook and YouTube
- Fluid HD 720p video calling with Logitech More HD Technology
- 5 MP HD sensor, precision Carl Zeiss lens, autofocus and intelligent auto light correction for crystal clear video and brilliant 10 MP photos
- Dual built-in noise-cancelling mics let friends hear you in rich, clear HD-quality stereo
- Works with Logitech VidTM HD, SkypeTM, Yahoo® Messenger, Microsoft LiveTM Messenger
Lake Effect Snow
Tugg Hill Plateau Webcams
If you should happen to be interested in the Tugg Hill Plateau area whether for snowmobiling, quads, or … check out these web pages which each have there own webcam: