Q. Does the WeatherCam
system run 24/7?
Q. What is the pole
in the right hand image?
A. The WeatherCam has just been commisioned and
an optimum position chosen for it to reside. There happens to be a power
pole in shot which will be shifted in the near future. You may notice
a thin vertical object in the left hand image - this is an aerial that
will also be moved.
Q. When I log on
I only see still images. Is this correct or is my browser not setup
A. Yes, this is correct and still shots are normal.
The image array is updated every minute and you should refresh regularly
to get the latest images. The system suits all browsers.
Q. Will there be
a full motion live stream from the cameras?
A. No it will not be motion video. It should be
said that whilst the system is capable of outputting up to 6 frames
per second, this would have a very significant impact on the network,
so the system has been setup to capture 1 frame per minute. Full motion
is also extremely hungry on your own download usage!
Q. Do the images
automatically update for me?
A. In short -'if you want it to'!
are two versions of the Weathercam system available to you. Each may
be chosen from either WeatherCam page. Version one is the manual refresh
version - many viewers like this because it gives them time to study
the entire panorama and refresh it at their leisure. Version two has
been created for those who would like it to run by itself - it refreshes
your browser automatically every 60 seconds. A good use of this would
be if it is being viewed in a public space.
even know of users who have set the WeatherCam system as their live
desktop! (How? Click right in the top right corner area and one of the
items in the menu will be set as desktop/background)
** Be mindful that the system refreshes every 60 seconds too, and
that your refresh period starts when you log in - therefore, it is entirely
possible that you 'hit' the page during a normal WeatherCam system update.
Just refresh your browser manually to resolve this!
Q. When I refreshed
earlier, only two pictures came up and the third box had a 'broken link'
icon in it. Is there an intermittent camera system fault?
A. No it's not faulty. When your browser refresh
occurred, the WeatherCam system server was in the process of updating
the website with a new set of images. Refresh your browser to fix this.
As we are uploading an image every minute, one might suggest the odds
are far higher that you might see this from time to time. Remember,
this is not a fault, but a product of the website being updated every
Q. Sometimes the
brightness and contrast varies between the cameras. Is this a fault
with the cameras?
A. No, this is not a fault - just an electronic
function of the cameras that cannot be overridden. The cameras each
control their own exposure and color balance, and sometimes one cameras
frame may have a significant difference to the others for reasons such
as the morning sun, reflections and even cloud cover in various parts
of each shot will also affect the exposure. The afternoons display the
most consistent array as the sun is behind the cameras.
is therefore normal for some brightness and color shift to occur at
Q. This morning
I logged on and one image was bright white then had a bright colored
streak through it. Can you please explain?
A. This is an artifact caused by the sun or extremely
bright reflections being viewed directly through the camera lens. The
camera is effectively protecting itself for this period of time and
will resolve itself once the sun is not pointed directly at the lens.