Lancaster
Clear Sky Chart
History

This sumarizes the distribution of each different forecast outcome for the Lancaster clear sky chart from 2005-11-05 to 2017-10-31.

This page is a summary of past forecasts. Even though it's based only on forecasts, some people use these pages as clue to a site's climate. But climate data based on actual observation should be preferred (if you can find it!).

Cloud, Transparency and Seeing forecasts are summarized individually. But because good observing conditions require a combination of minimum cloud cover, transparency and seeing, the individual forecast summaries can be difficult to interpret. The observing conditions section counts the combinations of conditions needed for common types of astronomical observation.

Observing Conditions

The following tables count the occurrence of the combinations of forecast and darkness conditions needed for different observations. Conditions are rated by by what percentage of the hours the observation would likely be attempted are usable.
Observation TypeMinimum conditions for hour to be usableOut of hours
Clear of CloudsTransparencySeeingSky Brightness
Planetary:50%(no limit)Average(no limit)Nighttime Hours
Deep Sky:70%Average(no limit)5.9Nighttime Hours
CCD Imaging:70%Below AveragePoor(no limit)Nighttime Hours

Percentages are of nighttime hours per month, or per year, when a particular observing conditions was met. Deep Sky percentages never exceed 50% because the moon is up half the time. Deep sky percentages are much lower for charts at high latitudes because of fewer dark hours in the summer.

Overall

PlanetaryData
Pts
Deep Sky
Max 60%
Data
Pts
Both Planetary and Deep Sky
Max 60%
Data
Pts
Either Planetary or Deep SkyData
Pts
CCD ImagingData
Pts
Night
24%
14842
12%
47366
7%
14811
31%
14811
13%
34511

By Month

MonthDays of MonthPlanetaryData
Pts
Deep Sky
Max 60%
Data
Pts
Both Planetary and Deep Sky
Max 60%
Data
Pts
Either Planetary or Deep SkyData
Pts
CCD ImagingData
Pts
January1st to 15thNight
12%
720
6%
2506
2%
716
17%
716
5%
2056
January16th to endNight
15%
768
8%
2679
5%
768
21%
768
8%
2066
February1st to 15thNight
13%
704
8%
2287
3%
701
19%
701
7%
1860
February16th to endNight
17%
631
11%
1907
4%
631
26%
631
10%
1486
March1st to 15thNight
16%
720
12%
2146
6%
720
23%
720
11%
1650
March16th to endNight
24%
768
19%
2001
8%
768
32%
768
17%
1443
April1st to 15thNight
21%
718
15%
1796
4%
718
26%
718
17%
1356
April16th to endNight
23%
651
16%
1731
3%
651
32%
651
17%
1240
May1st to 15thNight
24%
374
16%
1454
11%
374
37%
374
12%
973
May16th to endNight
27%
374
12%
1497
7%
374
39%
374
14%
979
June1st to 15thNight
26%
360
8%
1440
6%
360
35%
360
11%
1006
June16th to endNight
35%
360
9%
1440
8%
360
44%
360
16%
903
July1st to 15thNight
42%
340
14%
1360
17%
340
50%
340
23%
768
July16th to endNight
40%
376
12%
1418
11%
354
51%
354
22%
834
August1st to 15thNight
46%
394
15%
1465
12%
392
53%
392
20%
899
August16th to endNight
43%
751
19%
1897
9%
751
48%
751
32%
1231
September1st to 15thNight
42%
720
15%
1800
7%
720
43%
720
27%
1239
September16th to endNight
44%
717
22%
1952
16%
717
48%
717
29%
1259
October1st to 15thNight
30%
720
17%
2148
11%
720
38%
720
19%
1493
October16th to endNight
20%
768
10%
2434
5%
768
27%
768
11%
1862
November1st to 15thNight
22%
700
15%
2280
10%
700
30%
700
12%
1666
November16th to endNight
17%
720
11%
2520
6%
720
25%
720
8%
1929
December1st to 15thNight
13%
720
6%
2520
2%
720
17%
720
5%
2076
December16th to endNight
9%
768
7%
2688
2%
768
15%
768
4%
2237

Individual Forecasts

The length of each colored bar in the "occurrence of each Forecast" column is proportional to the number of times the chart forecast that color. The percentages are of the total number of hours per month, or per year, with a particular forecast. The colors as the same as those used in clear sky charts.

Note: Transparency probabilities are only counted for those hours that have 30% or less cloud cover. Seeing probabilities are only counted for those hours that have 80% or less cloud cover. If that's too tricky, try Observing Conditions instead.

Overall

Occurrence of each ForecastData
Points
Cloud CoverDay
18%8%36%5%3445%6%32%
48395
Night
19%10%46%5%34445%31%
47535
Cloud CoverDay
18%8%36%5%3445%6%33%
48404
Night
19%10%46%5%34445%30%
47541
TransparencyDay
51%5%12%19%9%
48082
Night
54%5%11%18%9%
47366
SeeingDay
21%18%26%19%10%3
5724
Night
21%23%23%21%8%
14843

By Month

Percentage Cloud Cover NE (2006-)
Color Meanings:
Overcast 90% covered 80% covered 70% covered 60% covered 50% covered 40% covered 30% covered 20% covered 10% covered Clear
MonthDays in MonthOccurrence of each ForecastData
Points
January1st to 15thDay
22%15%5%9%8%3343318%
1432
16th to endDay
14%16%5%8%7%25%5%5%6%20%
1542
February1st to 15thDay
16%13%5%10%8%35%5%5%5%19%
1575
16th to endDay
19%13%6%7%6%4434425%
1566
March1st to 15thDay
18%12%5%9%6%25%43327%
1802
16th to endDay
19%8%45%42433438%
2223
April1st to 15thDay
22%10%36%5%3333432%
2152
16th to endDay
20%7%35%5%23446%35%
2229
May1st to 15thDay
21%7%25%5%24446%35%
2508
16th to endDay
18%6%25%5%35%448%35%
2618
June1st to 15thDay
23%6%25%5%345%46%30%
2520
16th to endDay
18%5%146%36%6%6%8%31%
2520
July1st to 15thDay
13%5%25%5%35%5%5%8%39%
2520
16th to endDay
12%5%25%5%35%6%8%9%35%
2654
August1st to 15thDay
12%5%36%6%35%5%6%8%35%
2483
16th to endDay
10%4145%35%5%6%7%44%
2292
September1st to 15thDay
16%5%2433335%7%42%
2160
16th to endDay
14%5%24424446%46%
2007
October1st to 15thDay
21%7%25%5%3345%5%35%
1812
16th to endDay
25%9%37%5%34435%26%
1788
November1st to 15thDay
15%9%5%6%5%45%447%31%
1576
16th to endDay
22%12%5%8%5%3334425%
1440
December1st to 15thDay
24%14%5%8%7%3445%416%
1440
16th to endDay
27%17%5%7%5%3434417%
1536
January1st to 15thNight
18%18%6%10%7%3444417%
2506
16th to endNight
14%17%6%8%7%35%335%23%
2679
February1st to 15thNight
14%13%7%12%8%45%44419%
2285
16th to endNight
17%12%6%8%6%345%3426%
1907
March1st to 15thNight
20%11%5%7%6%2433428%
2133
16th to endNight
19%10%4442334438%
2001
April1st to 15thNight
25%8%35%424335%32%
1796
16th to endNight
21%7%26%423345%37%
1731
May1st to 15thNight
23%6%25%5%24435%35%
1454
16th to endNight
19%5%27%33445%7%36%
1495
June1st to 15thNight
23%5%25%445%5%5%8%28%
1440
16th to endNight
15%5%25%5%245%6%9%36%
1440
July1st to 15thNight
11%2245%35%6%7%8%42%
1440
16th to endNight
10%5%24425%7%6%8%43%
1514
August1st to 15thNight
11%5%26%5%2447%9%39%
1475
16th to endNight
13%414433447%47%
1897
September1st to 15thNight
17%5%25%5%3435%6%41%
1800
16th to endNight
16%3233335%35%47%
1952
October1st to 15thNight
20%7%34424446%36%
2148
16th to endNight
25%9%36%6%34345%26%
2434
November1st to 15thNight
20%9%36%5%24445%31%
2280
16th to endNight
22%11%47%6%245%45%24%
2520
December1st to 15thNight
23%15%5%8%6%3443418%
2520
16th to endNight
26%16%5%7%6%2433419%
2688

Percentage Cloud Cover SE (2006-)
Color Meanings:
Overcast 90% covered 80% covered 70% covered 60% covered 50% covered 40% covered 30% covered 20% covered 10% covered Clear
MonthDays in MonthOccurrence of each ForecastData
Points
January1st to 15thDay
22%15%5%8%7%45%43418%
1432
16th to endDay
14%16%5%8%6%45%46%6%20%
1542
February1st to 15thDay
16%12%5%9%7%47%45%5%20%
1575
16th to endDay
18%12%5%8%6%34435%26%
1566
March1st to 15thDay
18%11%5%8%7%45%33427%
1812
16th to endDay
19%7%45%5%24345%38%
2222
April1st to 15thDay
22%8%36%5%3344432%
2152
16th to endDay
19%7%25%425%346%37%
2229
May1st to 15thDay
19%7%25%5%245%46%35%
2508
16th to endDay
18%5%35%5%245%5%7%36%
2618
June1st to 15thDay
22%6%25%6%2445%7%31%
2520
16th to endDay
18%5%25%5%35%6%6%8%33%
2520
July1st to 15thDay
13%425%5%35%5%6%7%40%
2520
16th to endDay
11%5%245%35%6%7%9%37%
2654
August1st to 15thDay
13%426%6%35%5%6%7%37%
2483
16th to endDay
10%4144345%5%9%45%
2292
September1st to 15thDay
16%5%24433447%43%
2160
16th to endDay
15%424324346%48%
2007
October1st to 15thDay
21%6%25%5%3345%6%35%
1812
16th to endDay
25%11%36%5%335%46%25%
1788
November1st to 15thDay
16%10%46%5%345%47%30%
1576
16th to endDay
22%11%5%9%444345%25%
1440
December1st to 15thDay
24%15%5%8%7%35%445%15%
1440
16th to endDay
26%16%6%6%5%2435%416%
1536
January1st to 15thNight
18%17%6%10%7%3444417%
2506
16th to endNight
14%17%6%7%7%35%44423%
2679
February1st to 15thNight
14%14%6%12%8%45%44419%
2278
16th to endNight
17%11%6%8%7%4444426%
1907
March1st to 15thNight
21%12%46%7%3343428%
2146
16th to endNight
19%10%35%5%2324438%
2001
April1st to 15thNight
25%8%35%5%24335%31%
1796
16th to endNight
21%7%35%5%23345%36%
1731
May1st to 15thNight
23%7%26%5%34246%34%
1454
16th to endNight
20%426%43446%7%35%
1495
June1st to 15thNight
24%5%25%5%25%45%8%28%
1440
16th to endNight
16%5%35%4245%6%9%36%
1440
July1st to 15thNight
11%3245%35%5%7%8%42%
1440
16th to endNight
10%5%244246%7%10%41%
1514
August1st to 15thNight
12%5%36%5%245%7%7%40%
1475
16th to endNight
13%414334348%46%
1897
September1st to 15thNight
16%6%35%5%3335%6%41%
1800
16th to endNight
17%323423445%47%
1952
October1st to 15thNight
20%7%26%433446%37%
2148
16th to endNight
25%9%47%6%34345%26%
2434
November1st to 15thNight
21%8%46%5%245%45%30%
2280
16th to endNight
22%11%5%7%5%34445%24%
2520
December1st to 15thNight
23%16%6%8%6%3443417%
2520
16th to endNight
26%17%5%7%5%3432418%
2688

Transparency (when cloud cover <= 30%)
Color Meanings:
Too cloudy to forecast Poor Below Average Average Above average Transparent
MonthDays in MonthOccurrence of each ForecastData
Points
January1st to 15thDay
70%39%11%4
1433
16th to endDay
62%413%12%5%
1542
February1st to 15thDay
65%5%10%15%2
1577
16th to endDay
61%411%13%8%
1566
March1st to 15thDay
61%312%13%7%
1812
16th to endDay
48%49%17%15%3
2223
April1st to 15thDay
55%36%20%11%2
2152
16th to endDay
47%49%19%13%4
2229
May1st to 15thDay
49%411%18%14%1
2508
16th to endDay
46%6%12%21%12%1
2622
June1st to 15thDay
52%5%11%20%9%
2520
16th to endDay
47%7%13%20%10%
2520
July1st to 15thDay
38%6%14%28%11%
2371
16th to endDay
40%8%17%23%8%
2487
August1st to 15thDay
44%7%16%22%8%
2469
16th to endDay
34%6%18%27%11%
2292
September1st to 15thDay
40%413%27%12%
2160
16th to endDay
37%5%13%32%11%
2007
October1st to 15thDay
49%5%12%22%9%
1812
16th to endDay
59%5%12%15%5%
1788
November1st to 15thDay
51%7%13%18%8%
1576
16th to endDay
62%5%10%14%6%
1440
December1st to 15thDay
70%6%10%10%1
1440
16th to endDay
71%5%11%8%3
1536
January1st to 15thNight
70%410%9%4
2506
16th to endNight
63%411%14%5%
2679
February1st to 15thNight
68%410%12%3
2287
16th to endNight
61%5%10%14%8%
1907
March1st to 15thNight
60%49%16%7%
2146
16th to endNight
51%39%18%13%4
2001
April1st to 15thNight
55%38%19%12%
1796
16th to endNight
49%48%18%15%3
1731
May1st to 15thNight
51%38%15%16%3
1454
16th to endNight
47%6%10%21%12%1
1497
June1st to 15thNight
52%7%12%17%9%
1440
16th to endNight
42%7%15%22%12%
1440
July1st to 15thNight
34%6%15%28%15%
1360
16th to endNight
35%8%17%23%14%
1418
August1st to 15thNight
38%8%19%22%10%
1465
16th to endNight
35%5%15%28%13%
1897
September1st to 15thNight
43%411%26%13%
1800
16th to endNight
37%5%10%31%12%
1952
October1st to 15thNight
48%5%11%25%9%
2148
16th to endNight
60%5%12%16%4
2434
November1st to 15thNight
55%6%12%15%8%2
2280
16th to endNight
62%5%11%15%5%
2520
December1st to 15thNight
70%5%10%12%1
2520
16th to endNight
70%5%10%9%3
2688

Seeing (when cloud cover <= 80%)
Color Meanings:
Too cloudy to forecast Bad 1/5 Poor 2/5 Average 3/5 Good 4/5 Excellent 5/5
MonthDays in MonthOccurrence of each ForecastData
Points
January1st to 15thDay
30%16%20%26%6%
60
16th to endDay
33%10%38%13%3
65
February1st to 15thDay
33%25%35%41
90
16th to endDay
28%25%26%16%3
225
March1st to 15thDay
22%26%30%14%5%
270
16th to endDay
24%24%24%17%6%2
288
April1st to 15thDay
28%24%30%9%6%
270
16th to endDay
18%27%24%16%11%1
270
May1st to 15thDay
28%21%22%16%7%3
288
16th to endDay
19%23%31%13%11%
331
June1st to 15thDay
24%19%29%21%41
315
16th to endDay
18%18%29%21%10%1
315
July1st to 15thDay
16%11%29%28%11%3
305
16th to endDay
12%15%25%30%13%2
326
August1st to 15thDay
14%12%24%31%13%4
313
16th to endDay
11%11%28%24%15%9%
332
September1st to 15thDay
16%10%26%19%17%10%
315
16th to endDay
13%14%22%19%21%9%
314
October1st to 15thDay
22%18%21%17%16%3
315
16th to endDay
32%19%21%20%5%
303
November1st to 15thDay
20%24%24%15%14%
230
16th to endDay
36%10%30%18%5%
60
December1st to 15thDay
28%16%31%21%1
60
16th to endDay
42%17%32%7%
64
January1st to 15thNight
23%29%27%16%3
720
16th to endNight
22%29%24%19%4
768
February1st to 15thNight
21%30%25%18%3
704
16th to endNight
21%27%26%18%4
631
March1st to 15thNight
25%28%25%16%4
720
16th to endNight
22%25%22%24%5%
768
April1st to 15thNight
24%26%24%21%3
718
16th to endNight
21%27%21%20%7%
651
May1st to 15thNight
21%25%21%22%8%1
374
16th to endNight
15%23%29%22%9%
375
June1st to 15thNight
21%23%21%27%6%
360
16th to endNight
15%22%20%28%10%1
360
July1st to 15thNight
11%16%25%30%15%
340
16th to endNight
10%20%24%32%11%1
376
August1st to 15thNight
12%12%17%35%19%2
394
16th to endNight
13%13%24%28%18%1
751
September1st to 15thNight
16%13%22%32%12%2
720
16th to endNight
17%14%19%25%20%2
717
October1st to 15thNight
23%18%22%22%11%
720
16th to endNight
27%21%24%20%5%
768
November1st to 15thNight
20%25%25%18%9%
700
16th to endNight
23%31%20%15%8%
720
December1st to 15thNight
30%29%22%15%3
720
16th to endNight
32%28%24%10%3
768
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