logoMarys Peak Observatory Cloud Atlas

The Marys Peak Observatory webcam was set up to provide a visualization of the beauty of natural fluid flows. Clouds trace these flows, providing an educational glimpse into fluid motions in our atmosphere. Time-lapse movies depicting different types of flows can be linked to this website. Ongoing research in the College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences examines the physics of flows like these in both the atmosphere and the ocean.

Contact Information

The National Science Foundation funded a summer intern through Oregon State University's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. This student watched the archives of videos and created a database listing all of the cloud formations that were observed. This data was used to compile statistics for the online cloud atlas, which was also created by the student. For information on this database, please contact:

Michael Spagnolo
Undergraduate Student, Candidate for B.S. in Meteorology
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Main Campus

For other general information on the Marys Peak Observatory project, please contact the groups members at Oregon State University seen here.


This project is a collaborative, National Science Foundation funded project by the Oregon State University Atmospheric Sciences and Biomicrometeorology group and the Oregon State University Ocean Mixing Group. For more information on these specific groups, please click one of the logos on the left.

The OSU summer REU program wouldn't of been possible without the planning and organization done by Kaplan Yalcin.

Our Mission

This webcam was funded by the National Science Foundation, with the original camera being installed by the Ocean Mixing Group on the roof of Burt Hall at Oregon State University on April 28th, 2010. The webcam is a part of experimental investigations into the physics of form drag in geophysical flows. The Biomicrometrology Group maintains the site as part of ongoing studies to understand and quantify interactions between the air, vegetation, and the land surface. The images obtained here are intended to complement studies of controlled flows over topographic obstacles in ocean and atmosphere. On August 4th, 2014, the Biomicrometeorology group at Oregon State University installed a new camera with near-infrared sensitivity to increase the window of viewability.

A collaborative, NSF-funded project by
C. Thomas, S. deSzoeke, L. Mahrt & E. Skyllingstad / OSU Atmospheric Sciences
J. Moum & J. Nash / OSU Ocean Mixing Group

Cloud Atlas compiled by REU student M. Spagnolo