Webcams

times_square_webcam.jpgAs I lay here in my warm, cozy bed, recovering from a late night last night (and dreaming about a McDonald’s hamburger — best hangover cure), I’m wondering how the weather is. Is it raining, snowing, sunny? Is it warm, mild, or the face-wrapping cold that I heard was on the way?

Some smart person once said, “If you want to know how the weather is, go stick your head out the window!” Well, I’m just too lazy to go do that right now. I could look up the weather at the various weather sites, but they can only give me numbers…they can’t give me a true view of how things are. They can tell me that it’s 27 degrees out, and that it feel like 16 degrees, but they can’t tell me if that 16 degrees is a warm 16 degrees or a cold 16 degrees. They can tell me that if there was snow and how much accumulation there was, but they can’t tell me if I need to wear my small boots or my big boots.

For situations like this, I prefer to take a look at one of the city’s many webcams.

Perhaps the most famous is the Times Square webcam provided by EarthCam. EarthCam also provides cameras that are trained on ground zero, the Intrepid (although it’s been moved, you can keep track of the progress of the rebuilding), Little Italy, and the Statue of Liberty.

The NYC Department of Transportation provides a plethora of webcams as well. They are provided for traffic related purposes, and aren’t the best quality, but you can get an idea of how things look at the moment. They even have a version optimized for cellphones that are handy if you’re on the road and want to see how the traffic is ahead of you. If you take a look at the traffic cam on the FDR at 78th Street after work sometime, you may catch a glimpse of me jogging on the esplanade. I’d be the big, lumbering, Vince Vaughn looking guy, huffing and puffing his way through his workout.

Then there’s the webcam at WheresKong.com. It provides a view of the top of the Empire State Building, just in case that big gorilla shows up.

Judging by the amount of people wandering around Times Square without gloves on, I’d say it’s probably a warm 16 degrees out, and now I have no excuse to not go food shopping this afternoon. Well, just as soon as I drag myself out of my warm bed and pop a few aspirin.

1 Comment so far

  1. Lisa Hunter (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

    The “look out the window” advice doesn’t much apply to NYers who have airshaft views. Glad to know there’s an alternative resource.



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