[AZ-Observing] Re: Cloudy May?

  • From: "Bob Erdmann at ngcic.org" <bobe@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 07:24:28 -0700


Your list brings back some fond and not so fond memories.  My notes for 1983
say 93+ straight days of cloudless weather in the spring of that year.  I
have no idea how many were photometric, but I do remember being able to go
observing without having to worry about the weather.  The record was broken
in May by the presence of a single, small, fluffy cloud directly over
Phoenix. This record was for down here in the desert valley, of course.

On the other hand, I distinctly remember the spring of 1992, where monsoon
activity started in April, and Phoenix recorded the wetest & cloudiest year
on record (at least that's what the TV weather folks claimed).  So it would
seem that at the macroscopic level, your records are probably very similar
to the weather down here on the desert floor.

Thanks for the info,


Brian's yearly data
year  nights
1979  14
1980  13
1981  15
1982  20
1983  26
1984  12
1985  10
1986  12
1987   9
1988  17
1989  11
1990  15
1991  21
1992   4
1993  15
1994  14
1995   8
1996  16
1997   2
1998  15
1999  13
2000  15
2001 (10 thusfar from 27 nights)

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