Night vision with IR looking like snow is blowing around

Has anyone else seen this? I first noticed it last night right after the base station updated with new firmware. My battery powered outdoor cam looked like snow and dust was blowing all over the place when the IR lights were on. But it wasn’t raining.

Likely dust or bugs. Post video and we can see better.

I’ll try to do this tonight. There were no bugs and the air was dead, no wind at all. But looking at the camera with the IR lights on, you would have thought that ashes were blowing all over the place. as soon as you turn the outdoor lights on and the camera switched to color, all that stuff was gone.

It’s actually amazing how much stuff there is floating in the air that for the most part the human eye can’t see. Cameras don’t see most of it either until you turn on IR illuminators.


Has it been raining or going to rain? I have found that Mist in the air before rain seems to trigger what you are potentially seeing.

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Just an example of fog with the IR Lights. As @K6CCC said, pretty interesting what is seen in IR.


This looks just like what I was seeing, though I could see the yard etc. in the background.

Depending on the dew point, the IR lights can make the tiny moisture droplets in the air look like snow. These are droplets you can’t really see with your naked eye, but they are there and float around with the air currents looking blowing snow

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