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Rain Man
12-22-2004, 09:56 PM
Not that way, slacker. Physically, at what altitude is your home? Go here http://terraserver.microsoft.com , hunt down your address, and then switch to the topo map to figure out your altitude above sea level.


I'm pretty much guaranteed to be close to the top, I bet. According to these maps, my house is about 5,311 feet above sea level. Since we have some steps and a little hill coming up to our house, I may be a little higher.

LiL stumppy
12-22-2004, 10:00 PM
Im really not that high

alanm
12-22-2004, 10:07 PM
Here in Scottsbluff, Ne we're at about 4500'. But if there's anyone from the board living in Wyoming I guarantee their up higher than you are Kevin. Cheyenne is above 6000' :thumb:

Miles
12-22-2004, 10:08 PM
Somewhere between 50' and 73'. I couldnt tell exactly.

stumppy
12-22-2004, 10:11 PM
According to the GPS we're around 1250 here.

Donger
12-22-2004, 10:11 PM
Right around 5900 feet.

PastorMikH
12-22-2004, 10:17 PM
Not sure but I think it reads 1,564. Kinda hard to read because there's a lot of read over the area where I live.


The arial photo is pretty cool. It's a few years old, (by the looks of the improvements made that aren't shown) but I can zoom right in on our church and house.

chris
12-22-2004, 10:25 PM
Not that way, slacker. Physically, at what altitude is your home? Go here http://terraserver.microsoft.com , hunt down your address, and then switch to the topo map to figure out your altitude above sea level.


I'm pretty much guaranteed to be close to the top, I bet. According to these maps, my house is about 5,311 feet above sea level. Since we have some steps and a little hill coming up to our house, I may be a little higher.

Very Cool site.

Thanks for sharing.

But hate to top ya, ~~6400 ft. (Hey it's park city, up in the mountains)

Donger
12-22-2004, 10:32 PM
Very Cool site.

Thanks for sharing.

But hate to top ya, ~~6400 ft. (Hey it's park city, up in the mountains)

Yeah. But it's in Utah.

LiL stumppy
12-22-2004, 10:34 PM
Well all I know is that im on a platue(sp) so I am fairly high.

PastorMikH
12-22-2004, 10:36 PM
Here's an interesting pic...

It's one of the places I used to shoot prairie dogs (this is one small part of a 6 square mile pasture). All of the white circles are Prairie Dog mounds.


http://terraserver.microsoft.com/tile.ashx?t=1&s=10&x=3806&y=21087&z=13

http://terraserver.microsoft.com/tile.ashx?t=1&s=10&x=3807&y=21083&z=13

chris
12-22-2004, 10:36 PM
Yeah. But it's in Utah.


Where are you?

Logical
12-22-2004, 10:37 PM
600 feet

Donger
12-22-2004, 10:38 PM
Where are you?

Shermer, Illinois

chiefs4me
12-22-2004, 10:39 PM
Not that way, slacker. Physically, at what altitude is your home? Go here http://terraserver.microsoft.com , hunt down your address, and then switch to the topo map to figure out your altitude above sea level.


I'm pretty much guaranteed to be close to the top, I bet. According to these maps, my house is about 5,311 feet above sea level. Since we have some steps and a little hill coming up to our house, I may be a little higher.


whoa,,,,at first when I read the thread title I thought,,how the hell does he know,,ROFL

chris
12-22-2004, 11:16 PM
Shermer, Illinois

5,900 feet in Illinois?

Really? I had the misconception that Illinois was semi flat.

Donger
12-22-2004, 11:17 PM
5,900 feet in Illinois?

Really? I had the misconception that Illinois was semi flat.

Not a big fan of John Hughes movies, eh?

Anyway, I'm really in Colorado.

chris
12-22-2004, 11:22 PM
Not a big fan of John Hughes movies, eh?

Anyway, I'm really in Colorado.

sneaky.

Have you all been hammered with snow yet this year? We're still waiting. I drove thru Yellowstone NP last week, and they had less the 6 inches of snow on the ground.

Donger
12-22-2004, 11:25 PM
sneaky.

Have you all been hammered with snow yet this year? We're still waiting. I drove Yellowstone NP last week, and they had less the 6 inches of snow on the ground.

Not in the metro. Had about two feet total from about six storms so far. Nothing unusual.

The mountains are doing great, though. Something like 140% of average snowpack.

cdcox
12-22-2004, 11:32 PM
I found an aeriel photograph of my truck at the parking lot at work using that site one time. Figure that the classified stuff that the government has is at least 100 times better.....

Phobia
12-22-2004, 11:33 PM
When somebody posts the elevation in KC, that's what I am.

I'm also lazy.... and going to bed. 'nite.

Joe Seahawk
12-22-2004, 11:45 PM
24 feet

HemiEd
12-23-2004, 05:39 AM
[700 FEET.
Very interesting site, thanks :thumb:

CosmicPal
12-23-2004, 07:16 AM
I'm higher than a kite

ChiefsFanatik88
12-23-2004, 07:23 AM
950 feet

redsurfer11
12-23-2004, 08:00 AM
about 3 feet above sea level at high tide.

unlurking
12-23-2004, 08:24 AM
About 7045.

Cool site!

MichaelH
12-23-2004, 08:31 AM
It looks to be around 730 feet.

Mojo Rising
12-23-2004, 08:31 AM
208'

I was at zero yesterday at the beach watching the waves.

StcChief
12-23-2004, 08:32 AM
790 ft. Highest point in St.Charles County MO.

shakesthecat
12-23-2004, 08:35 AM
Waukee, IA-316 ft.

MOhillbilly
12-23-2004, 08:38 AM
i luv the country ese'

Skip Towne
12-23-2004, 08:43 AM
i luv the country ese'
But how high are you?

MOhillbilly
12-23-2004, 08:45 AM
not so much this mornin' but when im home about 4500.

Fat Elvis
12-23-2004, 08:59 AM
~980'

Skip Towne
12-23-2004, 09:11 AM
not so much this mornin' but when im home about 4500.
I need some of what you got.

Iowanian
12-23-2004, 09:20 AM
750'

Barret
12-23-2004, 09:27 AM
Thought I would help the community....

http://terraserver.microsoft.com/addressimage.aspx?t=1&s=11&lon=-94.4863303&lat=39.04898379&alon=-94.48633030&alat=39.04898379&w=1&opt=0&qs=1+arrowhead+dr%7c%7cMissouri%7c&addr=1+Arrowhead+Dr%2c+Kansas+City%2c+MO+64129

Bearcat
12-23-2004, 09:46 AM
900 feet, plus 22 floors

Iowanian
12-23-2004, 09:48 AM
you must live in Phillips

htismaqe
12-23-2004, 09:53 AM
I read the title and opened the thread, much to my disappointment...

Rain Man
12-23-2004, 09:58 AM
About 7045.

Cool site!


Holy cow. Aren't you afraid of falling?

Are you in Santa Fe or something?

Baby Lee
12-23-2004, 10:05 AM
luv the country ese'
I'm slightly more urban.
http://terraserver.microsoft.com/GetImageArea.ashx?t=4&s=8&lon=-90.26232958&lat=38.59957783&w=600&h=400&logo=1&p=2:-90.26232958:38.59957783
Ignore the pushpin. My house is the double lot with the white/gray roof slightly left of center on the opposite side of the street. Don't know why my picket fence shows up as a thick black line, maybe the shadows?

Iowanian
12-23-2004, 10:24 AM
The black line on your fence is a shadow.

Its caused by 3 things........1. the plane/satellite isn't directly over the top of your house, 2. sun angle(must not be below 30deg) and 3. technical mumbo jumbo that sounds impressive when you say Parallax...it has to do with the 60% overlap of the photos that gives it the 3D shape, that allows them to determine elevations in post processing.

-remove nerd hat

unlurking
12-23-2004, 10:26 AM
Holy cow. Aren't you afraid of falling?

Are you in Santa Fe or something?
ROFL

Monument actually, enjoying all the snow.
NOT

unlurking
12-23-2004, 10:28 AM
The black line on your fence is a shadow.

Its caused by 3 things........1. the plane/satellite isn't directly over the top of your house, 2. sun angle(must not be below 30deg) and 3. technical mumbo jumbo that sounds impressive when you say Parallax...it has to do with the 60% overlap of the photos that gives it the 3D shape, that allows them to determine elevations in post processing.

-remove nerd hat
Or the 4th thing, a plane is currently in-between the satellite and your home, falling at a high rate of speed. Might wanna go out for lunch!

;)

Baby Lee
12-23-2004, 10:29 AM
The black line on your fence is a shadow.

Its caused by 3 things........1. the plane/satellite isn't directly over the top of your house, 2. sun angle(must not be below 30deg) and 3. technical mumbo jumbo that sounds impressive when you say Parallax...it has to do with the 60% overlap of the photos that gives it the 3D shape, that allows them to determine elevations in post processing.

-remove nerd hat
That resolution is pretty amazing. I can even make out where the newer sidewalk section is directly in front of my house, where they had to do some gas line repairs a few years ago.

Iowanian
12-23-2004, 10:33 AM
I'd guess from looking at it, that its better than the standard 1meter pixel res of largescale satelite pics, and the fact that its color does indicate its better than that..........I'd suspect its been done by your local govt(city/count) and provided to USGS. Its hard to tell, but I'll bet its 1' or 9" pixels, which allows you to zoom in and see stuff better at closer range.

Baby Lee
12-23-2004, 10:35 AM
Or the 4th thing, a plane is currently in-between the satellite and your home, falling at a high rate of speed. Might wanna go out for lunch!

;)
A nice sidelight of having Lambert about 10 miles north and 5 west of my position, is that it is on an East/West footing. There is absolutely no reason for an airplane to be overhead. It'd have to purposefully take off and make a really hard turn to even get there. Tons of air traffic 10 miles north, though.

Baby Lee
12-23-2004, 10:38 AM
I'd guess from looking at it, that its better than the standard 1meter pixel res of largescale satelite pics, and the fact that its color does indicate its better than that..........I'd suspect its been done by your local govt(city/count) and provided to USGS. Its hard to tell, but I'll bet its 1' or 9" pixels, which allows you to zoom in and see stuff better at closer range.
We do have a major USGS service center just adjacent to the Budweiser plant here in town. My aunt and uncle worked there a long time ago, and they gave me a huge color printout of the entire St. Louis Metro Area. East St. Louis to O'Fallon, Alton to Arnold. It was about 5' by 3'.

Dr. Facebook Fever
12-23-2004, 10:44 AM
Looks like about 618 ft... and that's my house right below the red tack!

:thumb:

Rain Man
12-23-2004, 10:55 AM
How are you guys posting the pictures? I want to put up a photo of my house, too.

PastorMikH
12-23-2004, 10:57 AM
I'm curious as to how BabyLee got that pic in color.

Rain Man
12-23-2004, 10:59 AM
I'm curious as to how BabyLee got that pic in color.

Urban areas are in color, and non-urban areas are still in black and white. I've got full technicolor on my picture, too.

Rain Man
12-23-2004, 11:01 AM
Ah. There we go. My house is the one with the dark roof just to the right of the pushpin. I think that handicapped guy is parked in the alley again.

http://terraserver.microsoft.com/GetImageArea.ashx?t=4&s=8&lon=-104.97405162&lat=39.72864225&w=600&h=400&logo=1&p=2:-104.97405162:39.72864225

Rain Man
12-23-2004, 11:07 AM
In a bigger view, you can see that we're definitely in the city. (We're still at the red pushpin.) We've got an awesome park and botanic garden northeast of us, and the downtown area (where I work) is just barely out of the picture to the northwest. That slanty road on the southwest end of the picture runs along Cherry Creek, which is one of Denver's most grand waterways. (It's about 12 feet wide and 2 feet deep.)

Just north of us is an old turn of the century elementary school where Mamie Eisenhower attended as a child, and just north of that is our grocery store, just on the off chance that anyone really cares.

http://terraserver.microsoft.com/GetImageArea.ashx?t=4&s=12&lon=-104.974047986507&lat=39.7286387473594&w=600&h=400&logo=1&p=2:-104.97405162:39.72864225

htismaqe
12-23-2004, 11:11 AM
Those USGS photos are 10 years old.

I found my house and it doesn't even look the same, since it was remodeled completely in 1998.

Rain Man
12-23-2004, 11:14 AM
Whoa, cool. Those little size boxes in the upper left will let you blow it up even more.

http://terraserver.microsoft.com/GetImageArea.ashx?t=4&s=8&lon=-104.97405162&lat=39.72864225&w=1000&h=800&logo=1&p=2:-104.97405162:39.72864225

PastorMikH
12-23-2004, 11:14 AM
Here's mine

Rain Man
12-23-2004, 11:16 AM
Those USGS photos are 10 years old.

I found my house and it doesn't even look the same, since it was remodeled completely in 1998.

Are you in a non-urban area? The photos of my area are dated April of 2002.

Maybe there's some sort of rolling updates that take place.

htismaqe
12-23-2004, 11:17 AM
Are you in a non-urban area? The photos of my area are dated April of 2002.

Maybe there's some sort of rolling updates that take place.

No, I'm about 45 minutes southeast of Des Moines. The photos are dated 1994.

ENDelt260
12-23-2004, 11:21 AM
My Tucson apt... 2,550
My Scottsdale condo... 1,255 (I was unaware the difference in elevation was that dramatic. Oh, and the Scottsdale place is on the second floor... so, that helps.)
My present location... 950

Dartgod
12-23-2004, 11:22 AM
1060'

PastorMikH
12-23-2004, 11:27 AM
This a REALLY COOL site. Thanks for putting it up Kevin.


There is a little spot of land here in town that has been subdivided into residential lots but hasn't sold. The idea has been rolling around in my mind about, when we have the $, talking to the person who owns and see if they will sell us a block of lots at a discount rate since there is no deveopment yet. From the looks of the pic, the place looks the same in 95 as it does today. They've been sitting on it a while then - perhaps they would want to sell.

Iowanian
12-23-2004, 11:44 AM
The "color" is the type of image that was taken, either by plane or satelite. Aerials are taken in 1 of 3 formats usually....B/W, Color, or ColorIR(infared..good for vegetation, land use etc).

Not all of the images are going to be the same time periods. Large urban metropolis' normally have more flights(sometimes yearly) than smaller areas..........thats why StLoser and Dungver have the color I'm sure. It costs more.

I know a large project is underway to refly some of the midwest now. there is also a project called "the national map" that will be coming together over the next few years that will give you access to an unbelievable amount of map data for alot of areas.

Porker.........you and the other Iowanians can get newer arials and more maps than tera server on another website, that only has IA data.

http://ortho.gis.iastate.edu/
use the "map search" tool. the color IR is 2002

MOhillbilly
12-23-2004, 11:52 AM
Urban areas are in color, and non-urban areas are still in black and white. I've got full technicolor on my picture, too.

there is another one like terraserver that showsed a color pic of my farm but i cant remember the name.

htismaqe
12-23-2004, 12:08 PM
The "color" is the type of image that was taken, either by plane or satelite. Aerials are taken in 1 of 3 formats usually....B/W, Color, or ColorIR(infared..good for vegetation, land use etc).

Not all of the images are going to be the same time periods. Large urban metropolis' normally have more flights(sometimes yearly) than smaller areas..........thats why StLoser and Dungver have the color I'm sure. It costs more.

I know a large project is underway to refly some of the midwest now. there is also a project called "the national map" that will be coming together over the next few years that will give you access to an unbelievable amount of map data for alot of areas.

Porker.........you and the other Iowanians can get newer arials and more maps than tera server on another website, that only has IA data.

http://ortho.gis.iastate.edu/
use the "map search" tool. the color IR is 2002

Thanks.

****ER.

StcChief
12-23-2004, 12:11 PM
Right around 5900 feet.

I don't think Chicago is 5900 ft above sea level.....unless you are flying by....

Galena by Mississippi for snow sking is 900'-1000' ft.

gblowfish
12-23-2004, 12:21 PM
100 feet below ground and digging furiously.
Sincerely,
Osama B.L.

chiefs4me
12-23-2004, 05:55 PM
mine is a really bad view,,,

Rain Man
12-23-2004, 05:59 PM
What are all the trails for, chiefs4me? Are they walking trails or dirt roads or something else?

chiefs4me
12-23-2004, 06:06 PM
its actually a field behind us,,I am not where the red dot is,,I only have one neighbor on the right,,,the trails are paths that the cows made. It is sort of in the country and city both. The cows are all gone now and there are more houses,,68 to be exact. This picture was taken in 95 and the houses started being built in 94.