The most popular use of webcams is the establishment of video links, permitting computers to act as videophones or videoconference stations.
Calling all party animals to join fellow Zoo patrons for some Monkey Business, a non-traditional gala to benefit the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in partnership with Friends of the National Zoo.
The dome enclosure is heated so most snow that hits the dome melts and appears to be rain when it is in fact snowing.
Under windy conditions (with wind chill), occasionally the condensation will freeze on the outside of the dome.
In storm conditions it is not always possible to keep these cams operating and viewable.