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Live Cams Offer View of Ocean City From Any Computer

A growing array of beach and boardwalk cams provide a real-time glimpse of weather, waves and crowds.

When Bob Dylan wrote famously that "you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows," he wasn't trying to get an Ocean City beach report from the mainland.

Otherwise, he would know that you need a weatherman and more — preferably a friend on the beach with a cell phone.

But a growing collection of video cameras are now pointed at Ocean City beaches, boardwalks and roads, and they provide the next best thing to eyewitness reports: live images delivered across the Internet in real time to homes anywhere in the world.

The beach cams provide vital information on weather and surf conditions on a barrier island that has a climate of its own. Depending on ocean temperature and the wind, Ocean City's weather conditions can differ dramatically from that of mainland towns only a few miles away. The weather can even change as visitors cross the island from Bay Avenue to the beach.

AtTheShore.com — a site for real estate resources on the Jersey Shore — recently completed a major expansion in its arsenal of cams.

A "9th Street Beach" cam offers a good view of beach, ocean and sky from at 948 Boardwalk. A cam at provides a similar glimpse that includes the 14th Street Pier (and its wind sock). A camera mounted on the Double Shot thrill ride at shows a view of traffic on the new Ninth Street Bridge. Other cameras are pointed at a variety of sites on the beach and boardwalk:

The equipment represents a significant investment, according to Jim Ginn, who owns and operates AtTheShore.com. The setup includes a dedicated Internet service line, a web server, cameras and installation, a wireless router and maintenance throughout the year.

The cams are offered purely as an added service to people interested in his real-estate website. This is no charge or subscription fee for anybody to view the cams at any time.

The AtTheShore cams join a handful of other Ocean City cameras that have been popular resources over the years:

  •  sponsors surf cam at Fourth Street that pans the ocean between the Third and Fifth Street jetties: Surf cam
  • The Surfers View surf cam at Second Street provides a similar view of the ocean between First and Third streets: Surf cam

Here are some ways to keep tabs on the weather in real time:

God Bless America August 04, 2012 at 03:25 PM
This is a very good thing!
John Hay August 04, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Also visit the live 4805-07 Central Avenue Cam at www.iLoveOceanCity.info Brand New Construction Beachfront now ready for showings. Just received our final inspections to new pricing. It's a great day to buy a brand New Construction Beachfront! See our new Photo Gallery at www.iLoveOceanCity.biz More details in the MLS. #386372, ..73, ..74
John Hay August 04, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Thank you Patch people for posting all the cam list, all in one place. This should be a permanent part of your publication website! Love it.
Ellen August 04, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Good Job Jim Ginn! Thank you.

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