I’ve just found this site which has webcams for currently 77 airfields. They are supposed to have been chosen as useful pictures, and quite a lot include the windsock; it also says if the photo is too old. Overlaid is the direction the camera is pointing, the local TAF and METAR, and any hills or mountains along with distances.
This is helpful for me, living (in the hills) 40 minutes away from the airfield (on the plain) which often has the opposite weather.
The cameras are run from a DIY raspberry Pi, and I think it’s a very good idea.
This sort of thing is very good. The Autorouter telegram bot had a load too but it doesn’t seem to work anymore. You just get this:
WEBCAM – Show available webcams
WEBCAM <ICAO> – Show webcam for given 4 letter ICAO code
WEBCAM NEAR – Show webcam closest to current position
WEBCAM NEAR – Show webcam closest to given geophraphic location
One has to write code for each webcam site individually, to extract a still image from it.