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Real time accumulation?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by rywnygc, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. rywnygc

    rywnygc Member
    from 14033
    Messages: 86

    I live about 20 minutes from my plow route. Because of the lake effect, accumulation totals can vary drastically from town to town here. I could be getting a foot, yet, my route could be getting a dusting or vice versa. Is there a website that has real time accumulation totals for a specific zip code?
  2. Moonlighter

    Moonlighter Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    this may sound a bit weird but can you access your local traffic cameras and use that for real time accumulations.
  3. dieseltech

    dieseltech Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    That or the weather channels live cameras?
  4. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    accuweather I think can help you out. I have it on the phone. they have a live doppler
  5. rywnygc

    rywnygc Member
    from 14033
    Messages: 86

    The closest camera I could find is in Lancaster.
    I've got the accuweather thing too, I just wanted to see if anyone knew of a way to see how much snow has fallen in a specific area. Maybe a tech guy on here could develop an app for that and make millions.
  6. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    I'm in the same boat. I live about 30 minutes from my route. I have a few friends that live in the area but they can be unreliable at times.

    There are a few cameras there but they all face north and therefore the lens plugs up with snow.

    9 times out of 10, I end up driving the route to see for myself. That's just the way it goes sometimes.
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Try Kissing Bridge and see if they have cams set up. Or you could call one of your places and just ask them if it's snowing. Just make it sound like your just checking on the place,
  8. rywnygc

    rywnygc Member
    from 14033
    Messages: 86

    I live about 4 miles from KB. My route is up in OP.
  9. kmkalf

    kmkalf Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    just get a contact in op and call them to find out or offer a discount to a customer that you can make a deal with to call when we have those snow on the one side of the street and not the other such as it is by the lackawanna/op border or at least it seems
  10. MikeRi24

    MikeRi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 562

    More reliable than a human, get a setup like this

    make a deal with a customer to stick it on their front lawn, aim it at a yardstick or something, and then since it says it'll only connect to a PC within 2 miles, hook it up to a laptop in said customers garage or basement, and set up a remote desktop access from your computer at home. there you go.
  11. Mabepossibly

    Mabepossibly Senior Member
    Messages: 107


    The radar maps will show you total accumulation in inches of rain. Snow fall totals will varry based on temp and humidity (fluffy vs wet snow), but it gives an accurate picture of where the moisture hit.
  12. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,252

    Go to a local gas station, tell the guy working you'll give him 10 or 20 dollars every time he calls/text you and you are not already out. Be sure to kick him some cash every now and again to make sure he keeps up with the calls.
  13. rywnygc

    rywnygc Member
    from 14033
    Messages: 86

    Looks good, thanks.
  14. rywnygc

    rywnygc Member
    from 14033
    Messages: 86

    Have you done this? I'd be worried about him "forgetting"