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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Remote webcam now operational on Mount Rainier

Now you can take in the views at Camp Muir on Mount Rainier, which is now the highest webcam in Washington, and the most remote in the United States.

Mount Rainier National Park says the new webcam at Camp Muir is now fully operational and available online to the public.

The images are expected to be very popular and broadly used by a wide array of interested groups.

Climbers and hikers into Mount Rainier alpine zones, of course, will be able to use the webcam to see where the tops of the clouds are and will discover that often when it is rainy at Paradise or lower down in the valley, it may be sunny and warm at Muir.

Weather forecasting centers such as the National Weather Service will also be able to use the images and data for forecasting purposes both for the public and for pilots.

There are scientific opportunities associated with the images as well regarding snowmelt, glacier mass-balance, and air quality, to name a few.

As unique as the webcam is there will be times, especially in the winter, when images won’t be clear or all you’ll see is white because of clouds and/or blowing snow.

There is not enough power at Camp Muir to operate any heating elements that could keep the camera shedding rime ice. As this is a newly developed application of existing technology, we may encounter more unanticipated challenges.

Park officials say to be patient as you’ll notice interruptions in service or problems with the images.

Currently, the image is set to a resolution of 1024 x 786 and it is slightly pixelated.The camera is fixed and cannot be moved remotely, so we must actually physically move the camera to change its view. Another item on the wish list would be to install a remotely moveable camera.

You can access the image on the Mount Rainier National Park website.

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