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Soil Science Web Cam


Lake Mendota View


Lake Mendota View

Live, from the Turret of King Hall...

It's the Soil Science Web Cam!

The View from Up Here:


The ice has left Lake Mendota. If you have Java enabled in your browser, you can view a movie of its departure., or see the MP4 version..

You are looking at a panoramic view of beautiful Lake Mendota. In the foreground are the red tiled roofs atop dormitories at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On the left is Picnic Point, a favorite spot to walk and birdwatch. Off to the right across the lake, you can pick out the water tower on Governor's Island (though his actual mansion is out of sight to the right). The camera (an Axis P1344 HD Web Camera, for the technically inclined) is facing just a little west of due north.

We hope that you will join us here often, to watch the sailboats sail, the clouds billow by, the sun rise and set, and the seasons in motion. A little slice of spiritual tranquility, brought to you by Soil Science.

Picture Archives

In late August 2004, we started keeping an archive of images from the  webcam. A small (176x144) "halfsize" image is saved every five minutes, and a larger "hugesize" one (704x576) every hour. Images are recorded from 0300 to 2159 local time in the summer, 0600 to 1859 local during the fall and spring. In April 2011, we started archiving the larger images every five minutes as well.

The images are stored by year, month, and day. Today's archive is here; to find a given day, start here.

The Daily Movie

Also as of late August 2004, we have time-lapse webcam movies. (July 2012 note: Movies not working with new webcam -- soon!) You must have a Java plugin or a Java-enabled browser to see these movies. The movie pages are in the daily archives; here is a sample with a glowing sunrise, blue sky with clouds and contrails sweeping by, then a rainshower and nightfall. Watch how the clouds change direction as the winds shift from the storm. Or see this time-lapse of Mendota's ice cover breaking up.

What's this "turret of King Hall" business?


Want our picture on your web page?

It's easy. We'd appreciate it if you attributed the image: "Courtesy UW-Madison Soil Sciences" would be lovely. Just include one of the following tags in your HTML:

<IMG SRC="http://alfi.soils.wisc.edu/asig/webcam/big.jpg">

<IMG SRC="http://alfi.soils.wisc.edu/asig/webcam/halfsize.jpg">