Stratocumulus clouds are dreary and can stick around all day, especially during the wintertime. They tend to blanket the sky like stratus while maintaining some depth and definition like cumulus. They are most common during the winter when they can hang around all day. For the most part, the cloud base of stratocumulus is very low, often below Marys Peak. Because most of Marys Peak is obscured, it is hard to see if it is above the cloud base and what is going on with the airflow around or over it. For more information on general stratocumulus clouds, click here.
Our MissionThis webcam was funded by the National Science Foundation, with the original camera being installed by the Ocean Mixing Group on the roof of Burt Hall at Oregon State University on April 28th, 2010. The webcam is a part of experimental investigations into the physics of form drag in geophysical flows. The Biomicrometrology Group maintains the site as part of ongoing studies to understand and quantify interactions between the air, vegetation, and the land surface. The images obtained here are intended to complement studies of controlled flows over topographic obstacles in ocean and atmosphere. On August 4th, 2014, the Biomicrometeorology group at Oregon State University installed a new camera with near-infrared sensitivity to increase the window of viewability.
A collaborative, NSF-funded project by
C. Thomas, S. deSzoeke, L. Mahrt & E. Skyllingstad / OSU Atmospheric Sciences
J. Moum & J. Nash / OSU Ocean Mixing Group
Cloud Atlas compiled by REU student M. Spagnolo