Journey to the top of the Earth

One evening in Hawaii, we decided to journey up to the top of Mauna Kea, the highest point in Hawaii.  Standing at the top nearly 14,000 feet in elevation above sea level and above 40% of the Earth’s atmosphere, left me short of breath but not short on views.  The vista from the top looking […]

Hawaiian volcanic activity from the air

Daniela and I flew around Hawaii’s Big Island in a Cessna 172S yesterday and were lucky enough to have just enough cloud clearance to sneak into the rift zone for some photos of Kilauea’s active Puʻu ʻŌʻō volcanic vent in Volcano National Park.  Check out the gallery for more shots taken by us during the two-and-a-half hour […]

California mountain snowstorm time-lapse

A Southern California winter storm brought a dusting of snow to the Santa Ynez Mountains in Santa Barbara today. I thought I would share this time-lapse video below from my weather webcam today which shows the day progress from a sunny morning to a wet and cold afternoon. It is about 45ºF today here at […]

Weather camera issues

You might have noticed that the K6LCM Weather Camera has been offline quite a bit recently.  I have been having some difficulty keeping a connection to the Wunderground FTP webcam server with the DCS-920 WiFi camera.  Out of the box, the camera has an FTP client that can be configured to automatically send still images […]

Photos: Lightning over Santa Ynez Mountains

The new weather webcam has been up and running for less than a week and it has already captured some interesting phenomenon.  On the heels of a record-breaking heat wave, a stationary low pressure system hanging over northern Mexico has been steering subtropical moisture into Southern California.  This moist and unstable airmass is a perfect […]

Photos: Minotaur IV rocket launches from Vandenberg AFB

A Minotaur IV booster carrying a military space surveillance satellite lifted off from Vandenberg AFB this evening from South Base at 9:41 p.m. PDT.  A first-of-its-kind military tool to monitor satellites and space junk is aboard the rocket. According to the U.S. Air Force, the device will help keep better tabs on the more than […]

Outdoor wireless webcam up and running for less than $100

After several months of mental planning I finally set up a companion weather webcam for my personal weather station. Over the summer I ran a few tests with a cheap USB webcam pointed out the front window, but the view of the yard proved to be rather uninteresting. What I really wanted to do was […]

Vintage Pullman railcar reveals secrets of the Calif. coast

A couple weeks back I saw a flier in a local shop advertising a day trip on a vintage railway car.  The classic 39 seat first class lounge was built in 1949 by the famous Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company for use on the old San Francisco Overland Trail line between Chicago and San Francisco […]

Setting up a personal weather station: Ambient Weather WS-1080

I completed the installation of my new Ambient Weather WS-1080 on Tuesday.  The WS-1080 is a relatively inexpensive ($109 PC / $119 Mac OS) personal weather station (PWS).  I opted for the suggested solar shield – for more accurate temperature readings – which was on sale ($19.95) with the Mac bundle.  The sensors consist of […]

Schwarzenegger’s knee-jerk reaction to the BP spill

After 9/11 the Bush administration’s knee-jerk reaction was to attempt to stem immigration and tighten airport security.  After the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Schwarzenegger’s reaction was to stem off-shore drilling. While I personally agree with the decision not to drill in the ocean I am not in favor of knee-jerk […]