Rain passed through the Bay Area last night, including a light blanket of snow at the James Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton. The City of Palo Alto maintains the San Francisquito Creek Camera at West Bayshore that displays a static image that updates about every 5-minutes. I love weather and am also curious how it interacts with the local mountains, foothills and valleys.

I was inspired to create a stop-motion animation of the storm as it passed through last night. The time period is from 6PM Friday night to 7AM Saturday morning. It was great fun to discover what happened at the creek the next morning!

Ruby code to fetch static image from the webcam, respecting response e-tag.

Animate with ffmpeg

.mp4 to .webm

Create a .gif with ImageMagick