North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association has gone live with a web cam that shows 15 minute visual updates of weather conditions over the Black Mountains in Yancey County. With a view from above Murchison along the Cane River, the association’s video camera takes in the range from Mt. Mitchell on the right almost to Cattail Peak on the left, including the two highest peaks in the eastern United States. Every 15 minutes the camera delivers a date stamped picture to the association’s web page, which can be accessed by going to http://www.nchighpeaks.org/and clicking on “Mountain Web Cams.”
The web page also shows thumbnails of the previous captures, so that a viewer may watch developing weather patterns. “You don’t have to be watching this constantly to know what’s going on, because you can blow up the thumbnails and create your own timeline to see how the weather has developed and what that might mean for the rest of the day,” reported association president Jake Blood. “Hikers and visitors can see what the weather looks like before they head up to Mt. Mitchell,” he added.
The project, which was planned and executed by association members John Whitehouse and Alan Orovitz, will eventually include a second mountain cam on the opposite side of the Blacks. More details on this public service and about the hiking association can be obtained by directing questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.