Storm, Saved to Disk

By Vladimir Brezina

6:00 PM

Yesterday in the early evening a line of strong thunderstorms rumbled through New York City. This happens often in the summer and the sight can be awe-inspiring. But I was working all afternoon in a windowless room, and later, when I got to a window, it was too late to discern much. The building was already submerged in thick green fog. Lightning flashed and thunder cracked directly overhead.

What to do under those circumstances? Let’s go to the video replay!

And from where better to observe the arrival of the storm over New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline than the Statue of Liberty?

In 2011, on the occasion of the Statue’s 125th birthday, EarthCam installed several webcams on top of the Statue. There is, in particular, HarborCam, which looks out toward Manhattan. And there is LibertyCam, which looks at the Statue from across the water in Brooklyn.

These two cams can not only be viewed live, but they store the video stream from the previous 24 hours. You can replay the previous day!

So, here are the highlights of yesterday—the colorful dawn, sunrise, boats criss-crossing the harbor during the day, the arrival of the storm, and then, just before sunset, the sun breaking through the clouds behind the Statue of Liberty and lighting up the towers of Manhattan…

(Click on any photo to start slideshow. All photos from EarthCam.)

The sun came out, but it’s not over yet! Hurricane Arthur is making his way up the East Coast of the US, to arrive off NYC just in time to join in the festivities of the Fourth of July…

49 responses to “Storm, Saved to Disk

  1. You have shown us so e beautiful skies.

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  2. Great collection thank you for sharing! Stay safe! I hope Arthur misses your 4th celebrations.

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  3. Wonderful slideshow! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. Some really great shots! I love the pink sunrise.

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  5. Thanks for the webcam links – always interesting to see what is happening live from across the sea.

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  6. This is AWESOME!!

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  7. Stunning. Love them all!!

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  8. Love it!

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  9. Thank you so much for capturing this! We had the gilded sky in Philadelphia at around 8:20 PM as well. It was bewitching – a stream of brilliance bursting through after a short(ish) show of rain and lightning.

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    • That seems to happen quite often in the summer—a thunderstorm in the late afternoon or early evening, with the sun reappearing just before sunset… One of the most spectacular days like that that we’ve experiences, from our kayaks furthermore, is here.

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  10. Cool Pics and experience, thanks for sharing, Vladimir.
    Best regards, Aquileana :D

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  11. Loved the sequenced photos…
    “Arthur” just wants to add to your festivities!

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  12. More brilliant photographs!

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  13. Spectacular shots, from dawn to night! Wow!!!

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  14. Love your images of the skyline.

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  15. so why are all those boaters out on a Wednesday morning at 11:10 and you are slaving away in a windowless room?! Oh, the indignity of it all….!

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  16. We get to see some real fireworks from Mother Nature! The Boston 4th of July is on right now. Arthur (ghost of Arthur Fiedler?) made them reschedule. 100,000 people seem to have shown up anyway :-)

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  17. It amazing how dependant we photographers are on the weather to give us WOW. Fantastic

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  18. You were right about the green sky! Wondrous pictures! Didn’t know about the cameras and one can view them too. Thanks for sharing that info and the pictures too!

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    • You are most welcome! Actually, although I knew about the webcams, I didn’t know about the 24-hour video archives until I looked this time. It might be a recent thing. But certainly makes the webcams a lot more informative and fun!

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  19. I enjoyed this – great idea to post it! Feeling nostalgic for the city, but glad to be removed from all the weather drama…only a chance of earthquake or volcanic eruption here! :-)

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  20. Such a clever post idea!
    Do you mean these wonders are available to anyone all the time??????Who knew!

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  21. Great shots of NYC and Statue of Liberty…

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