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    New LIVE Lyons Cam, Lyons, Colorado

    Hi Everyone,

    I wanted to introduce myself and tell all of you about the new live cam in Lyons, Colorado. I'm sure most of you know about the amazing mountain bike trails and road rides in and around Lyons. And of course there is the new Heil Valley trail that just opened up which connects Lyons to the main trail head up Left Hand Canyon. And anyone who rides in this area knows about the spectacular trails in Hall Ranch. I have set up a live cam in Lyons (I live on a cliff on upper 5th avenue that looks out over the foothills and mountains that surround Hall Ranch.) The cam updates every 10 seconds. I have been forecasting weather for over 20 years in the media (TV, Radio and Newspaper) and have created a weather center page for my site. This weather is specifically created for Lyons by me and is not some canned forecast put out by a weather service 2000 miles away. This weather page is only going to get better, as I will be adding an audio and a video forecast to the weather center page soon. Please let me know what else any of you would like to see on the weather page, and I can add that. You can get to the weather page by clicking on weather in the scrolling box beneath the cam or go straight there by going to: http://www.lyonsrecorder.com/weather.html . Below is the link to the live cam page:

    http://www.lyonsrecorder.com/cam.html

    MTBR is an incredible website, with a fabulous forum. I will add this website to my main links page as soon as the links page is complete. Happy to do that!

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    this is huge, thanks.

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    Very cool, Thanks!

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    this is great! Now we can see the conditions out there!

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    cool, I just bookmarked it. nice view. looking good for tomorrow am ride still.

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    You've just eliminated about 1000 future winter time "hall ranch conditions" threads.

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    For a long time, I have been hoping to find ways to reach out to the mountain and road bikers and talk about conditions and upcoming weather patterns for Lyons. Lyons sits in a unique topography that allows for quick drying due to the warm winds that can blow off the continental divide. It also has to do with the soil around the area. I have seen 5 inches of snow go away in less a few hours after the sun came out. I am very pleased that through the Lyons Cam and my own customized forecasts everyone can now see firsthand what is going on with the trails around town and also find out what kind of weather we will be experiencing over the next several days. I am glad all of you find this information useful, and I will continue to be open to all comments as to what other useful information I can add on my site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weatherbe
    Hi Everyone,

    I wanted to introduce myself and tell all of you about the new live cam in Lyons, Colorado. I'm sure most of you know about the amazing mountain bike trails and road rides in and around Lyons. And of course there is the new Heil Valley trail that just opened up which connects Lyons to the main trail head up Left Hand Canyon. And anyone who rides in this area knows about the spectacular trails in Hall Ranch. I have set up a live cam in Lyons (I live on a cliff on upper 5th avenue that looks out over the foothills and mountains that surround Hall Ranch.) The cam updates every 10 seconds. I have been forecasting weather for over 20 years in the media (TV, Radio and Newspaper) and have created a weather center page for my site. This weather is specifically created for Lyons by me and is not some canned forecast put out by a weather service 2000 miles away. This weather page is only going to get better, as I will be adding an audio and a video forecast to the weather center page soon. Please let me know what else any of you would like to see on the weather page, and I can add that. You can get to the weather page by clicking on weather in the scrolling box beneath the cam or go straight there by going to: http://www.lyonsrecorder.com/weather.html . Below is the link to the live cam page:

    http://www.lyonsrecorder.com/cam.html

    MTBR is an incredible website, with a fabulous forum. I will add this website to my main links page as soon as the links page is complete. Happy to do that!

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    That's very cool. What kind of camera/software are you using? I have my own weather station by North Table Mountain and I have been trying (without success) to get a camera pointed at the mountain.

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    That is very cool. Too bad the town of Lyons can't help subsidize your project, as surely it will help bring people (and their money) into Town. Esp. on days in which most people from far away would think the weather's bad...and it's actually quite good. Today is just one of those days.

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    I think it will still be prudent to get an on the ground report. The camera points at Steamboat Mountain which is very steep and full sun. I live at the bottom of Steamboat. Often, Steamboat Mt is totally dry and there's still snow, even in the rock garden at Hall. The cam is cool though, for sure.
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    Yeah, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by ignazjr
    The cam is cool though, for sure.
    I'm still waiting for the 'Restone Beercam', showing the current selection in the Restone beer fridge!!
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    Hi Ignazjr, you bring up a great point. The good news is the Cam also shows views to the west of Steamboat Mtn so you can get a general idea as to what is going on in and around Halls. Your point is well taken about some of the shadier areas still having some snow. The Cam can though show you the current conditions as to what is actually happening in and around Lyons, and my forecast can detail what to expect in the short and long term, It is feedback like this which is extremely good because there are other ways too I can fill in specific information that the Cam cannot. For example, because I live so close to Halls, I can head up antelope road to the trails and to the top and find out what are the conditions and then pass them along to my website. I hike 5 miles a day so it would be no trouble to share these conditions with the mtn bikers. This type of information could become part of our site. Thanks for such a great response. I really appreciate it. More feedback is very much welcome!

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    Nice, good tool to have!
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    Surely you've got the radical camera technology on the deck of your radical house? Your technical expertise must enable you to have a Lyons camera as well?

    Oh yeah, forgot with the new addition, your psyche is frazzled with sleepless nights and lots of daddy time. Time to jam the new LoG, kick back with a Dale's and plot world domination!

    Very cool developments. Lyons rules! Oh.... I mean Lyons sux a$$.

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    Cool. The BC sheriff's can now see the lights of the after hours poachers without having to hang in the parking lot!

    I'm bummed though about the G rating regarding the lady in wearing the skirt in the windy day animation!

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    Dammit - it looks really dark in Lyons.

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    Saturday Ride!

    Hey Jacos, the weather may be a bit cool, especially in the morning, but with plenty of sunshine, you should have a great ride at either Heil or Hall. Check out http://www.lyonsrecorder.com/weather.html for the weekend outlook. I am updating the forecast right now (1:10AM Mountain Time Saturday morning).

    Enjoy the trails!

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    Hi Schnauzers, the camera is a toshiba (IKWB). The software comes with the camera so not sure the specifics since I had a friend set this up for me. I go into the software to make adjustments only when the cam returns to the default setting due to a power glitch. That happens rarely so I'm not in the software that much. I'll do a little research and get you some more details. I am very pleased with the cam output. The picture is always crystal clear. It does rely on an ftp connection so make sure your server allows for an additional connection if you are already relying on a constant ftp connection for something else. I had to request an additional one with my server, and it didn't cost anything extra.

    Hope this information helps. I'm happy to provide more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnauzers
    That's very cool. What kind of camera/software are you using? I have my own weather station by North Table Mountain and I have been trying (without success) to get a camera pointed at the mountain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weatherbe
    Hi Schnauzers, the camera is a toshiba (IKWB). The software comes with the camera so not sure the specifics since I had a friend set this up for me. I go into the software to make adjustments only when the cam returns to the default setting due to a power glitch. That happens rarely so I'm not in the software that much. I'll do a little research and get you some more details. I am very pleased with the cam output. The picture is always crystal clear. It does rely on an ftp connection so make sure your server allows for an additional connection if you are already relying on a constant ftp connection for something else. I had to request an additional one with my server, and it didn't cost anything extra.

    Hope this information helps. I'm happy to provide more.

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    Wow! That's a $450 camera. Might be a little over my budget for focusing on a mountain. .

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    Hey Schaunzers, I've had the cam for a couple of years. It last sat in Estes Park on the Riverwalk when we lived there. I brought it with me to Lyons. I thought I paid around 250 or so. I wonder if you saw an upgraded version. I am going to get you the exact details to make sure you haven't found a toshiba cam that is more pricey than mine.

    You said Table Mountain ... is that the Golden area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weatherbe
    Hey Schaunzers, I've had the cam for a couple of years. It last sat in Estes Park on the Riverwalk when we lived there. I brought it with me to Lyons. I thought I paid around 250 or so. I wonder if you saw an upgraded version. I am going to get you the exact details to make sure you haven't found a toshiba cam that is more pricey than mine.

    You said Table Mountain ... is that the Golden area?

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    This is what I found:

    http://www.keenzo.com/showproduct.as...=334377&ref=GB

    I'm sure it can be had for less than half (used) on eBay.

    Yes, North Table Mountain in Golden. At the corner of rt. 93 and 58th Ave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveM
    I'm still waiting for the 'Restone Beercam', showing the current selection in the Restone beer fridge!!
    I saw plenty to like in there today but stopped at one.

    I almost grabbed a Mama's Little Yella Pils, but put it back when I saw a Gordons.
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    Absolutely great, especially for those of us coming from out of town.

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    Very cool. I wouldn't expect to use a live web cam to make a decision on actual trail conditions but it sure is a good start and would give someone coming from Longmont, Boulder or wherever to get an idea whether its worth following up with a local shop.

    Someday we'll all be logging on to some real time satellite system where we can do a fly over. I know what you're gonna say, its impossible for millions of user to use the same satellite but never say never. How friggin cool would that be?

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    Please aim that thing at a snowbank to keep the hordes away.

    I'll be using your weather link before I head outside to warm the car up.

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    Hey Jcospocol, that is very good insight on your part. The town has some very good people running it, and I would hope they would not see this as some type of competition but rather a way to help the town. The goal is to spread the word around to all outdoor folks (biking, hiking, etc.) so they will know that Lyons now has its own cam and own forecast put together just for Lyons. And hopefully that will contribute to more folks coming to Lyons for a visit and/or workout. Just since I posted the news on the Lyons Cam and weather, the hits on the site have really spiked. I thank all of you for this and hope the hits keep on coming. I would love to see the town work with us, and who knows maybe they will. If not, that won't stop me from putting my cam and weather out there for everyone to view. I did the same thing in Estes Park for almost two years and didn't make a penny. I had folks from all over the world coming to my Tram Cam and Riverwalk Cam. Hopefully the Lyons Cam will do as well.

    Happy Trails and Peace to all!
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    That is very cool. Too bad the town of Lyons can't help subsidize your project, as surely it will help bring people (and their money) into Town. Esp. on days in which most people from far away would think the weather's bad...and it's actually quite good. Today is just one of those days.
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    Nice job! I'll be watching this Sat. morning before heading up to Picture Rock.

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    Hey Velos, be sure and check out my cam and weather before your PR ride on Saturday. It may be a bit on the chilly side and we could see some flakes flying. This does not look like a major spring storm at this time, but once we hit march, these systems can blow up on us after they cross the divide.

    http;//www.lyonsrecorder.com/cam.html

    http://www.lyonsrecorder.com/weather.html

    If you any of you need additional weather information on your rides, be sure and let me know.

    PS: I'll be adding an audio forecast to the weather page in the next few days.

    Happy Trails!
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    Quote Originally Posted by weatherbe
    Hey Velos, be sure and check out my cam and weather before your PR ride on Saturday. It may be a bit on the chilly side and we could see some flakes flying. This does not look like a major spring storm at this time, but once we hit march, these systems can blow up on us after they cross the divide.

    http;//www.lyonsrecorder.com/cam.html

    http://www.lyonsrecorder.com/weather.html

    If you any of you need additional weather information on your rides, be sure and let me know.

    PS: I'll be adding an audio forecast to the weather page in the next few days.

    Happy Trails!
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    Thanks Weatherbe! Looks good this morning, I'm heading that way!

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    Yeah, looks like it's clearing up, too. It was dark towards Estes this morning but it has been breaking up. It should be a great day.

    If anyone makes it up today, make sure to head over to Planet Bluegrass to check out the bike polo action!
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    Just started snowing wet flakes just up 36 from Lyons.

    Edit: It just slowed down to flurries and it looks like it will be sunny in 15 minutes. Tacky dirt roads all the way to the mail box.
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    We live on the cliff overlooking Planet Bluegrass. I was wondering what was going on down there. Too bad I can't point the Lyons Cam at it ... when I go to the right, it skips over PB and hits on Steamboat mountain.

    We just had a burst of snow here in Lyons from 2:30PM to 3:00PM. The temp went from 45 to 38 .... just a very light dusting and now the sun is out as of 3:05PM. Still a few flurries coming down. This type of pattern was exactly what I was looking for in my forecast today. The cam has been putting out some pretty cool pics today. I detected lightning near Pinewood for a few minutes in my radar work, but none of it showed up on the cam. When the lightning season get going, this cam is going to capture every bit of it. Can't wait for that. In case anyone is still going out this afternoon, check out the cam before you hit the trails.

    http://www.lyonsrecorder.com/cam.html

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    Yeah, looks like it's clearing up, too. It was dark towards Estes this morning but it has been breaking up. It should be a great day.

    If anyone makes it up today, make sure to head over to Planet Bluegrass to check out the bike polo action!
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    Bike Polo at PBG!

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    They had to fight some flakes down there for about a half hour. Still bands of snow all around us but more broken up than the consolidated band that went through Lyons. Just another springlike day in the Rockies.

    You can see the broken clouds on the cam now ... funky day for sure!

    http://www.lyonsrecorder.com/cam.html

    PS: love the bueno bikes, bueno times slogan ... great stuff!

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    Weatherbe, there wasn't any lightning up this way. Is there another explanation?

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    Hey Concrete, there has been huge amount of instability in the upper layers of the atmosphere, and when this happens lightning can fire up. There just happened to be more unstable conditions around Pinewood than here. What fuels this is the available moisture and the wide range of temperatures. Our temperatures dropped too quickly with the snow burst or we may have seen lightning here. As the temperatures become warmer, lightning storms will become even more prevalent as we get further into the spring. I will do the best I can to let all of you know about the potential for lightning for your rides. This is a meteorological headache to forecast, but I can at least put the warning out ahead of time that there is the potential for it more so than other times. For years, I have been thinking of ways to work with bikers and getting out forecasts for their rides. I am glad to have this platform and my website to do it. TV and Radio are great, but let's face it, the internet can really get the word out to the multitudes.

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    WOW, did I have a great ride today! This one goes down in the record books. I got in Picture Rock, then Antelope to the Nelson loops. At one point on Antelope the snow started DUMPING! While the sun started to come out. Simply amazing, can't believe I didn't have my camera.

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