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BallotBox Webcams Live Images:    (what am I looking at?)
We installed a webcam in a window at the Ballot Box back in the spring of 2011 so we could keep track of the comings and goings of humans and other critters while we weren't at the house (it was an occasionally-occupied vacation home in those days). It provided a little (false?) security and made us think we knew what was going on while we were away. The camera was configured to send me an email whenever motion was detected by something or someone larger than a squirrel. That was the original impetus for the webcam, but shortly after that we decided to archive a daily snap at noon (or close to it) so we could reference a picture for each day to see weather conditions and a visual for noon each day; see below the snaps for the archive.
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DRIVEWAY-CAM
View of the driveway parking area and front yard of the Ballot Box in Newcastle Maine
Image capture occurs 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, every 2 minutes (unless we're having a network outage at the Ballot Box). If it's night, it'll be dark!

BallotBox1 Webcam Archives:

We've collected a webcam snap at noon (or as close to noon as we can) on just about every day for a while now. It's fun to look back day-by-day to see what each day was like! Have a look for yourself! (It assumes JavaScript has been activated on your computer)

 
2011:
2012:
2013:
 
   
2014:
2015:
2016:
 
   
2017
2018
2019
 
   
2020
2021
2022
 

Note that the noon-snap webcam was offline from 10 February to 23 October 2019 (yup, a long time, but the camera was right smack dab in the middle of the construction area), so there's a dummy placeholder for those days, and the actual view and angle had to change with the restart since the place where the webcam was mounted is now gone!

First and last snow sightings by year:

YEAR

FIRST BARE GROUND VISIBLE

LAST SNOW VISIBLE FIRST SNOW VISIBLE
2011
- - - -
- - - -
30 October
2012 1 January 8 March 8 November
2013 31 January 27 March 26 November
2014 12 January 16 April 12 October
2015 1 January 18 April 29 December
2016 10 January 27 April 5 December
2017 11 January 12 April 10 December
2018 13 January 12 April 16 November
(Snap Lost)
2019 1 January 10 February (by default) 12 November
2020 13 January 13 April 6 December
2021 1 January 25 March  

 

Other Significant NoonSnaps:

Ten years of archived noon-snaps is bound to capture a few interesting images... here are a few!

 

BallotBox Webcam Archives Video:

We've taken the noon snaps and weaved them into yearly videos, showing the scene change in time-lapse, two days per second. These videos are Windows WMV format:

2011 (2:04 - starts 2 July)
Low-Res
(5.4 MB)
Med-Res
(12.3 MB)
Hi-Res
(34.9 MB)
2012 (4:02)
Low-Res
(9.6 MB)
Med-Res
(21.0 MB)
Hi-Res
(59.9 MB)
2013 (4:02)
Low-Res
(11.1 MB)
Med-Res
(23.0 MB)
Hi-Res
(55.8 MB)
2014 (4:03)
Low-Res
(13.8 MB)
Med-Res
(27.1 MB)
Hi-Res
(73.1 MB)
2015 (4:03)
Low-Res
(13.1 MB)
Med-Res
(25.4 MB)
Hi-Res
(68.0 MB)
2016 (4:00)
Low-Res
(17.6 MB)
Med-Res
(54.9 MB)
Hi-Res
(191.2 MB)
2017 (4:02)
Low-Res
(16.6 MB)
Med-Res
(50.2 MB)
Hi-Res
(170.2 MB)
2018 (3:31 - construction-shortened )
Low-Res
(13.9 MB)
Med-Res
(40.2 MB)
Hi-Res
(132.5 MB)
2019 (1:36 - construction-shortened )
Low-Res
(5.8 MB)
Med-Res
(16.4 MB)
Hi-Res
(52.8 MB)
2020 (4:02)
Low-Res
(17.2 MB)
Med-Res
(55.5 MB)
Hi-Res
(204.0 MB)
   

 


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