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Topic: Live Brandon webcam image added to Weather page
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Adam

4/19/2017 8:53:11 AM
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Live Brandon webcam image added to Weather page

Folks browsing the weather page will notice that a new experimental feature has been added this morning... a live camera image from the North Hill looking South toward the city.  
 
We've had camera images on the weather page in the past but none capable of producing pictures at this high of a resolution and none at quite as perfect of a location. The image, which is updated ever 60 seconds, can be looked at in the centre column of the weather page for things like:  
-getting a view of the sky over much of the city for a general look on what it's like in Brandon right now  
-to monitor approaching or developing storms (goes well with the radar image on the same page as well as the live rain gauge info)  
-seeing what traffic is like on 18th St  
-getting an idea of how busy the Corral Centre is below  
-monitoring the state of the Assiniboine River during "high water" times  
 
You can click on the image any time to view an even larger version. You will notice that there are also links that let you view a progression of shots over the past hour as well as compare shots taken over each of the past 24 hours. One more link gives opportunity to compare pictures taken at the same hour over the past seven days.

As with anything new and experimental, don't be surprised if there is the odd early kink to work out. The main thing I’d like to tweak is the quality of night time images, which are still pretty grainy and not quite as useful as daylight ones.  
 
If all goes well, over time an archive of pictures will be automatically built. As that archive gets bigger there’ll be a few more fun things that can be done.  
 
A big thanks to the folks at Grand Valley Community Church who were super cooperative and helpful as part of putting everything together.

NOYB

4/19/2017 11:56:55 AM
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May 2008
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Awesome!!

I love checking webcams out.  
 
Weather network might be interested too!!  
 
https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/photos/live-cameras/manitoba/winnipeg  
 
There is a spot for submit a weather cam  
 
Thank you!!!

miller

4/19/2017 2:00:44 PM
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Apr 2010
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cool!

Thank you, nice idea!

Des

4/19/2017 7:49:07 PM
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Nov 2007
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Great idea

I think your weather cam is a really good idea, especially given its vantage point on the North Hill. Have you thought about turning it a few degrees so that it faces a bit more west? This way you can see the weather coming.  
 
Otherwise, great idea.

Adam

4/20/2017 8:16:28 PM
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Aug 2008
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Cam

Thx guys.  
Its definitely a balancing act in trying to have enough of the city itself to give an idea of the sky over Brandon at the moment.... but still give a wide enough look at weather thats approaching (which is generally going to be from the West or the South). Will have to play it by ear the first time there's some kind of storm and see if I can pull off a slight bit more of a look to the West without sacrificing the feeling that you're looking at a picture of Brandon!

Adam

4/25/2017 11:45:10 AM
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Aug 2008
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Archive

Nice little traffic bump on the weather page since adding this, glad folks are able to make use off it. Now that its been running for a few more days, the daily comparison link has been changed to allow comparisons over the past 14 days in stead of 7. All of a sudden a nice slice of time to really see the difference in river level:  
https://ebrandon.ca/weather_camarchive.aspx?show=14days

 
 
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