If you ever wondered what was going on at the summit of Mount Everest, now you can find out instantly using the world's highest webcam. Installed by climate scientists to monitor weather patterns, the camera gives a clear view of the summit as long as it isn't socked in by clouds or a blizzard.
The camera is actually on a nearby mountain called Kala Patthar, which is known to provide some of the best views of Everest. Powered by a solar panel, the German made Mobotrix M-12 has to withstand high winds and temperatures that can drop down to -30°F. At about 18,600 feet, Kala Patthar is over 10,000 feet below Everest's summit so you're definitely looking up, but the view is undeniably spectacular.
With literally hundreds of climbers summiting Everest each year resulting in traffic jams near the top on the best days, it will be fun to see if any of this is visible from the webcam. Most climbers make their attempts in mid to late May.
The webcam operates only during daylight hours (duh), which is 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nepal time. If that's not confusing enough, Nepal is in one of those weird semi-time zones, 9 hours and 45 minutes ahead of Eastern Standard Time.