As a service to pilots, the FAA provides frequently updated views from 165 cameras at 86 sites across Alaska. Count 'em — 165 FAA Webcams! Recently the user interface was much improved. You no longer have to wait for all images to load, but can select one of four quadrants of Alaska to see a list of cameras for that region and their status. Note: Modern browser required.
"The AlaskaCam view is looking east on 4th Avenue at G Street in Anchorage, Alaska ("The Busy Corner") from high atop the historic Alaska Building and is updated every twenty seconds." Seek out the hotspots in the image.
On this national park are six cameras giving views of the Brooks River and surrounding areas. They are the result of a cooperation with Explore.org, which is said to stream the videos more reliably. A modern browser is recommended.
A view from the second floor window at the Major Marine Tours Ticket Booth building on the boardwalk at the Seward Alaska Small Boat Harbor. Camera rotates back and forth through 120 degrees each hour. Image updates every 60 seconds, but does not auto-refresh. Archived photos include a panorama of the harbor view. (The camera appears dead on this check.)
Mathias Brinzing established a brewery on the Mendocino coast in the 1860s on Agate Cove. The Agate Cove Inn occupies the site of the old brewery, and offers this highly rated webcam view of the coast.
Two views of the Allen Telescope Array, located at Hat Creek Observatory in northern California and operated by the SETI Institute. The Web site provides other information as well. Access to the cameras is now denied.
"The first and only live streaming webcam in the Antelope Valley" That's the home of Edwards AFB, Lancaster, Palmdale and Mojave in southern California. The Palmdale camera is updated every three minutes, but requires you to install the "AXIS Media Control", an ActiveX control, from Axis Communications AB. You do so at your own risk. Two other cameras are available.
Looking west over San Francisco Bay from the Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley. Weather information is overlaid on the screen, which refreshes automatically once per minute. A variety of other information is available.
Looking south along the Big Sur coast from the veranda of Nepenthe restaurant, the Santa Lucia Mountains to the east. Update interval unknown, but it's more than once once daily. Yes, you can sometimes see customers, but not clearly. The Web site is newly improved.
The pan and tilt controls of this camera interface have been restored. It covers an area around the casino at Avalon, on Santa Catalina Island off southern California. "Twenty-six miles across the sea..." The site is now more commercially oriented toward prospective Pavilion Hotel customers.
This camera at Fortuna River Lodge, at the mouth of the Eel River on the Northern California coast, switches up and down the beach at frequent intervals (about 10 seconds) during daylight hours. An August 2003 panorama showing the entire field of view is available in scaled-down form. It features hotspots that pop up tooltip-like information on local points of interest. As if that weren't enough, the site has one of the best sets of webcam links I've seen, including a bunch of new ones in Oregon and northern California. I've copied a few here, but you should really check out the whole list. Unfortunately, the Fortuna River webcam itself is down for maintenance.
A view of the Kaweah River near the headquarters of Sequoia National Park, from a new camera installed on 25 November 2008. To see it, scroll down past the flow data, weather information and boater news. There are now views of the Ash Peaks and Moro Rock as well.
This is the home page for the Kern River Valley Revitalization (KRVR). About 41 links are provided — some with multiple webcams. Following that is a list of links to service organizations. Note that fire-information links lead off the webcams list, as appropriate with the Kern County fire still burning.
These five cameras — now including a whole-sky camera — are operated by the University of California's Lick Observatory. Each can be viewed at 800x600 or 1280x960 resolution. Daily movies and stills are also available. The images update every three minutes.
A camera at Lone Juniper Ranch atop the Tejon Pass looks north down the pass, showing the Grapevine section of Interstate 5 heading out of Los Angeles. Click to expand the image. There is also a 24-hour timelapse. The property was up for sale "in late spring 2016," but there's no news of that now.
Views of Mineral King and Farewell Gap in Sequoia National Park, along with weather information. There is a link to the Faculty Flat webcam, also in the park. These webcams are linked from the Kaweah Commonwealth site. These cameras are do not provide real-time imaging, since they operate on solar power. A technical description is provided.
A view of Mono Lake, looking northeast from the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center. Made possible by a partnership between the Mono Lake Committee and the U.S. Forest Service. Probably for financial reasons, the "Mono Lake Dustcam" has been retired. Two new webcams have been added. Thumbnails are free, but access to the full-size images is for members only. Some other local cameras are linked.
Continuing its outreach to the public, the Monterey Bay Aquarium offers video streams from eight cameras covering its various attractions. The images are small but lively, and sometimes they include sound. Podcasts and a video library are also available.
View from Mt. Wilson, California, high atop the 150-Foot Solar Tower. Updates at 5-minute intervals. (Currently pointed toward the San Gabriel Fire Complex.) There are also links to three solar science sites.
This Webcam maker's showcase once offered a variety of views from San Francisco's East Beach to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire & other places around the USA to demonstrate NuSpectra Multimedia's pan-tilt-zoom camera technology.
Located on Hillcrest Way in the Emerald Hills area near Redwood City, the TEA weather camera looks north toward the San Mateo Bridge and Foster City. Provided by Telecommunications Engineering Associates.
"We have received funding from the Dave Peterson Memorial Fund to replace the camera and equipment that was damaged by a lightning strike. The new camera and supporting equipment [were] replaced during the summer/fall of 2012. However there is still no internet connection available so images can not be relayed." Apparently, this camera is now fully operational. I don't know why the images appear on Google Drive, but I'm calling it good.
This camera looks north from the Camden Building on West River Street. It shows the downtown of historic Truckee, Northern California's prime route across the Sierra Nevada. The image updates every minute but does not auto-refresh.
As with all TahoeTopia Lake Tahoe Web cams, an aerial map below the image shows the area's major highways along with the camera's location and geographic coordinates.
Live Web Cam Views of Yosemite Valley. Updated about once per minute. Some cameras may have failed due to phone line outages or other problems in the high country. Look for fixes when the snow departs. Firefox says the site certificate is improperly configured.
Located in the southwest corner of the state, the smaller city of Durango need not take a back seat to its better-known counterparts to the east. The Durango Herald) now provides just one image (scroll down.)
"Now you can always keep an eye on Estes Park and never miss a minute of your favorite vacation destination. Web cams positioned within the village and in Rocky Mountain National Park offer live streams of what's happening. Check out the weather, view the sunrise or sunset over the mountains. Enjoy the view!"
NOTE: Works in IE, but something about the site script apparently fouls up Firefox.
The peak named after explorer Zebulon Pike is perhaps the best-known mountain in a state filled with magnificent mountains. The image updates about once a minute during daylight hours — or it would, if it hadn't been out of order for months years. Budget problems, no doubt. But now they assure us that "the camera IS in the shop — we expect it back in a very short snore time." FTFY.
Steamboat activities are portrayed via four webcams. Two are controllable.
Checked 12 Feb 17
Steve Garufi (aka Colorado Guy) has moved on with his life and is working on a book about his bike trip across America. His "Scenic Telluride" site is no more, and I've removed the link since he's given up the domain. But you can still find the awesome scene east of Telluride he captured in a still photo on the Wayback Machine.
Used for research, TundraCam is a live "steerable" webcam located 27 km (17 miles) west of Boulder, Colorado at an elevation of 3528 m (11,600 feet.) More specifically, it lies above timberline on Niwot Ridge in the Flatiron mountains.
In 2014, a pair of American Eagles established a nest at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC. The first of their two eggs hatched on 16 March 2016 — in full view of two webcams that show the nest from different angles (during daylight hours, or course.)
This eagle nest has been occupied since 2014. It is located on the campus of Berry College in Rome, in Georgia's northwest corner. Three live streaming views are available (Camera 1 is the best.) All have infrared capability.
Located on the west side of the Teton Mountains and just north of Driggs, Idaho. The semi-live picture and weather data are updated every 15 minutes during daylight hours. A high-resolution (3.1 megapixel) version and a panorama are now available — as is a time-lapse of the previous day's images.
The Arconic (formerly Alcoa North American Rolled Products) plant in Davenport boasts its own pair of nesting bald eagles, named "Liberty" and "Justice." They took up residence in 2009 and have raised a brood every spring since then. Two live streaming cameras with audio are provided; each can be expanded to full-screen.
Sponsored by the Raptor Resource Project, this camera covers the first of two eagle nests discovered in the Decorah area. The 3 eggs, laid in late February 2016, have not yet hatched. The camera provides live streaming views during daylight hours, with audio. The site contains links to other raptor cameras around the country.
A National Park Service camera looking north-northwest over Green River Valley in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park. This is part of the NPS air-quality camera system. (USDA Webcams are a separate system.) Here is the main page for USDI NPS air-quality Webcams (currently at 19 locations.)
This 2014 image of Maine's Mt. Katahdin is captured from the Webcam. Live feeds are available for a contribution of $10 per year. Astute readers of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring will recognize this place name. Several views of Presque Isle and Caribou are available.
New Harbor houses the Pemaquid Point Light, one of Maine's historic lighthouses. The image refreshes every five minutes. Extensive weather information is available on the site, as are links to several other Webcams.
This camera faces northwest by west across Maine's Jordan Bay at its widest point toward the Raymond Neck peninsula. Douglas Hill appears on the left-hand side of the picture. Shawnee Peak lies just to the right of the center of the screen view. Directly beyond, 50 miles in the far background, is Mt. Washington.
Mounted high above Sea Tow Boston's dispatch center, this Canon VB-C10R camera shows a live view of Boston's Inner Harbor. Hints are provided for using the controllable camera. The site is live, but the camera data don't arrive in IE8. Requires a modern browser.
The middle campus of Michigan Technological University in Houghton, on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, taken from Rehki Hall. Ten webcams are available. All offer still images, time-lapse, and motion views.
Camera views of locations within Glacier National Park in Montana. There is once again a link to Goat Haunt, the northernmost camera in the park, which looks north into Canada. It is activated only in the summer months.
Located near St. Joseph's Medical Center in the city of Polson, this camera overlooks beautiful Flathead Lake. It's sponsored by KPAX.
I'm partial to this location, since I visited there in 1992, drove along the west shore of the lake, and lodged in a motel cabin on a gloriously windy day. Unfortunately, KPAX isn't partial to it, since no sign of a webcam remains on their site.
"This NH webcam shows the center of Dublin, NH. This is the town center with the highest elevation (1493 feet above sea level) in all of New England. The red building on the left is Yankee Publishing, Inc. Which is the publisher of "Yankee" magazine and "The Old Farmer's Almanac." Across the street is the Dublin, New Hampshire Town Hall. Webcam images provided by: The Old Farmer's Almanac."
"The live webcam images below are from Pittsburg, New Hampshire. These webcams update as quickly as every 10 minutes. Use the "Refresh" button on your web browser to see the latest images."
"This webcam offers a view of a snow depth gauge on Cardinal Dr in Pittsburg NH. Live Pittsburg NH web cam images provided by Cardinal Cabins in Pittsburg NH."
"This Pittsburg NH webcam offer a view of the mountains and a real-time thermometer on Scott Rd in Pittsburg NH. Live Pittsburg NH web cam images provided by Cardinal Cabins in Pittsburg NH."
"This Portsmouth Harbor webcam is a view of the Piscataqua River / Portsmouth Harbor. On the left side (foreground) is the Moran Towing Tugboats. In the background is the Sarah Long Bridge. Behind the Sarah Long Bridge is the high level Piscataqua River Bridge on I-95 that connects New Hampshire and Maine over the Piscataqua River."
"This webcam is a view of Lower Suncook Lake in Center Barnstead, NH looking East. A new image is uploaded every 7 seconds. Refresh your browser to see the latest image. There is a lot of wildlife in this location including Deer, Moose, Bear and Loons. Best time to see the deer is between 9:00pm-6:00am.
Also visible is our snow depth gauge which measures up to 4 feet of snow."
"The Yankee Magazine webcam is mounted at our headquarters in Dublin, New Hampshire, on the side of the Thomas Building, named for the founder of The Old Farmer's Almanac, Robert B. Thomas (editor from 1792 to 1846). Our accounting, circulation, and information services departments are located in this building. The webcam image is updated once a minute. View the Webcam of Yankee's backyard in Dublin, New Hampshire."
High in the western uplands of North Carolina lies the beautiful city of Asheville. Rich with webcams it is. Don't give up if any of the four windows says "This cam is down." it probably means the data are still loading.
"A large rock formation that is a part of the Blue Ridge Mountain range, Grandfather Mountain is a unique set of peaks and crests that naturally resembles an old man in different positions depending on the direction."
News9 "Air Comfort SKYCAM" — Oklahoma City (or Bartlesville.) (I did a search for webcams in OK last time. I can't tell you the general condition of the webcams and links I found, but it rhymes with "city.")
Astoria, OR weather info & Webcams — Five cameras present real-time coverage with pan/zoom/tilt controls and multiple preset locations. The site also provides sun, moon & tide times and a weather-radar map of the entire state. Attempts to load an untrusted application.
The KATU Gorge Camera, located high on the bluffs on the north side of the Columbia River across from the city of Hood River. From this location provided by the Hood River Inn you can see up and down the Gorge to the east and west, into the Hood River area, and you have a gorgeous view of the north side of Mt. Hood. (Or you could at one time. The camera, bad for months, now appears to have been retired in favor of a camera on the coast.)
"HDOnTap has partnered once again with Pennsylvania Game Commission to bring you this front seat view of two Bald Eagles during their 2016 breeding season! A second live Eagle Cam has been added to the Hanover, PA Game site. The bald eagle's history in Pennsylvania is a precarious one. Only 30 years ago, Pennsylvania had a mere three nests left in the entire state. With the help of the Canadian government and several agencies including the Pennsylvania Game Commission, bald eagle chicks were brought back to PA to reintroduce bald eagles to the Northeast. Today, Pennsylvania boasts more than 250 nests! Enjoy the live streaming Bald Eagle live cam."
Oddly, the camera has been turned off "for the season." I guess that means the eagles are gone.
A view from Purchase Knob in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is a National Park Service air-quality camera (USDA Webcams are a separate system.) Here is the main page for USDI NPS air-quality Webcams (currently at 18 locations.)
"Webcam view is from WXnation.com's headquarters in far north Fort Worth. The cam points NE, and looks at the skies over far north Fort Worth, Keller, Southlake, Colleyville and Grapevine, TX, plus shows the airspace for both Fort Worth Alliance Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport."
From Castle Valley, Utah, this webcam points northwest down the valley and towards Utah route 128 and the Colorado River. The prominent mountain on the left is Parriott Mesa and on the right you can see Castleton Tower. (KLS-TV, SLC)
Looking west from Burlington, Vermont across Lake Champlain to the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Updates every 15 minutes. Part of an 11-site realtime air pollution and visibility monitoring network that runs from Newark, New Jersey to Acadia & Presque Isle, Maine.
A USDA Forest Service air-quality camera, overlooking the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia. Like those at the other 12 USDA air-quality sites, this image is updated every fifteen minutes. These sites offer many features.
No more view of Electric Peak, the tallest mountain (10,969 feet) in the Gallatin Range of southern Montana. "SORRY, THAT PAGE IS MISSING! We're not sure where it went." Coolworks is now just a jobs site. The gallery of still images is still there.
Scroll down for the webcam links. These cameras on Sulphur Mountain overlook the Town of Banff, Alberta. Cascade Mountain looms beyond, and part of Lake Louise is visible. The cameras update every 5 minutes and operate 24 hours per day.
A view from the offices of TSI in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, updated every 5 minutes from dawn to dusk. The camera is now positioned somewhat closer to the bridge, and the image has been reduced in size.
This wide view is streamed live from atop the Marriott Hotel in Ontario, Canada. It offers the full view of the Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil falls, and American Falls — an easy feat for the hotel closest to Niagara Falls.
A view of the luxurious Villa la Estancia resort at Médano Beach, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and the curve of beach beyond. Fifteen other webcams are now available — and so is live chat with a "representative." A modern browser is recommended.
Spanglish: Absent heavy clouds or technical problems, este cámara shows a view of the north face of el volcán famoso de Méjico Popocatepetl, con su glaciar. Updates cada minuto. Aquí esta the volcano's monitoring site.
A pair of NOAA Webcams at the North Pole, with additional views and animations. Note the comment on especially rapid melting of surface ice. Maintaining these cameras is understandably difficult. They were removed near the end of 2013. However, an extensive archive remains on-line.
Checked 12 Feb 17
NOAA/PMEL's North Pole Web camera deployments began in April 2002. The Web cams operate during the summer (April - October) and are redeployed each Spring. The images tracked the North Pole snow cover, weather conditions and the status of PMEL's North Pole instrumentation, which includes meteorological and ice sensors. Images and data are relayed by the Iridium satellite system. The instruments typically contine to transmit data for months after the solar-powered Web cams stop. The link is now a 404. However, the main site provides plenty of information.