# Watching storms from afar
I really, really enjoy thunderstorms. They're relatively rare here
and normally only occur from midsummer to mid autumn. So there's
only about two to three months during which I can really expect to
see them. Even then, they are so rare that I might experience only
10 such storms in a year. That they're so rare is probably part of
the reason I enjoy them so much, so I don't consider myself unlucky.
Because of this I've been using lightning trackers to track
thunderstorms. Whenever there's a storm I'll check where it's
heading, where it's most intense etc. Since I don't own a car,
actually following the storms physically can be a problem.
Tonight I figured that, hey, I can see where in the world there are
storms currently using lightningmaps.org, and I can look for
publicly accessible cameras near those storms using webcamtaxi.com.
That way I'll be able to see them live. I've just started trying the
idea out and briefly watched a storm near Miami, FL. Indeed, it
seems to work! I'll have to look into automating the process of
finding a nearby camera.