New Capabilities of the Weather Camera link

New Capabilities of the Weather Camera link

 The initial post on this blog was a description of the Weather Camera link on the site.  This was posted on 10/11/11.  John has since improved the site archiving capability and thus a re-posting  of the original description with the added info about the improvements follows.  The additional discussion is underlined at the end.

The Weather Camera is a link to the site www.halescamvideo.com that
was developed by John Hales as a Christmas Gift to me(his father) in
2008.  While John provides any technical needs, I am the site manager
and maintain quality control of the Cams on the site.

At any given time there could be as many as 130 web cams displayed.  The criteria used to determine the display of a camera are:

1. Quality of the image.(StarDot Cameras much preferred).

2. Frequency of updates. (ideally every minute)

3. Proximity to Star Valley WY

4. View of the sky.

5. Reliability

Current Features

Left click on the image will provide a  larger current image

The cursor at the top of each cam will open up the control menu for that particular cam.

Left click on the minutes option(30 60 120 180 300) will build a loop of that length in time.

Left
click on the info (i) button and it will bring up a google map centered
on the webcam location.  Additionally it will display the latest
weather observation and identifying the location of the observation.

There is also a radar option which when turned on will display the current composite reflectivity product from the NWS 

Clicking
on the + will open up a looping option.  At least 3 days are available
in the archive for all cams.  Selecting the date/time and looping length
in minutes will rebuild a loop.

There are two options when building a loop.  The Load Loop option will rebuild a requested  time period  and display it.  A much more powerful option is the Create Video.  This will build the requested time period and then display the Download mp4 Video which will then produce a url  that can be copied/sent or saved as a video file.


As
an example using this command a video was made of the Star Valley Ranch
snow gauge on March 2 2012 when the snow depth was at its deepest point
during the past winter.  This video was created on November 3 2012 as
the number of archived days for this particular cam extended back that
far.



 http://www.camviewing.com/clips/SVH1_2012-11-03-2256MST_300.mp4

While all cams have at least the most recent 3 days archived, additional days can be added to a particular cam upon request.


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