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Riley Observatory
Clear Sky Chart
History

This sumarizes the distribution of each different forecast outcome for the Riley Observatory clear sky chart from 2005-11-05 to 2017-03-26.

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
37%
15440
17%
45293
11%
15398
44%
15398
23%
30436

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
21%
900
14%
2506
4%
895
29%
895
18%
1837
January16th to endNight
22%
960
13%
2649
4%
960
29%
960
16%
2006
February1st to 15thNight
22%
794
13%
2205
4%
794
29%
794
19%
1584
February16th to endNight
26%
631
18%
1893
8%
631
35%
631
18%
1322
March1st to 15thNight
28%
720
13%
2160
9%
720
31%
720
17%
1540
March16th to endNight
30%
606
15%
1960
10%
606
37%
606
19%
1351
April1st to 15thNight
30%
494
16%
1647
11%
494
40%
494
21%
1090
April16th to endNight
33%
495
18%
1594
10%
495
43%
495
21%
1087
May1st to 15thNight
36%
495
17%
1466
10%
495
44%
495
22%
1017
May16th to endNight
52%
514
17%
1369
10%
513
56%
513
32%
888
June1st to 15thNight
51%
495
17%
1320
10%
495
55%
495
33%
845
June16th to endNight
52%
495
15%
1320
9%
495
55%
495
31%
873
July1st to 15thNight
61%
465
18%
1240
12%
465
64%
465
39%
756
July16th to endNight
70%
522
20%
1305
16%
489
72%
489
42%
777
August1st to 15thNight
77%
494
23%
1448
22%
491
79%
491
42%
807
August16th to endNight
68%
525
20%
1750
20%
525
72%
525
35%
970
September1st to 15thNight
63%
498
30%
1653
29%
498
68%
498
37%
888
September16th to endNight
58%
657
25%
1815
18%
657
62%
657
35%
1106
October1st to 15thNight
49%
660
27%
1897
20%
660
55%
660
33%
1137
October16th to endNight
30%
704
18%
2236
11%
704
40%
704
22%
1456
November1st to 15thNight
31%
700
23%
2276
16%
700
43%
700
24%
1412
November16th to endNight
26%
756
17%
2376
9%
756
35%
756
20%
1610
December1st to 15thNight
22%
900
13%
2520
5%
900
29%
900
17%
1879
December16th to endNight
17%
960
11%
2688
3%
960
24%
960
11%
2198

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
14%7%36%5%3445%7%36%
45686
Night
15%8%35%424446%39%
45462
Cloud CoverDay
14%7%36%5%3445%7%35%
45695
Night
15%8%35%424446%39%
45467
TransparencyDay
46%6%12%21%11%1
45372
Night
44%5%11%22%13%2
45294
SeeingDay
15%7%28%26%15%6%
5196
Night
18%8%29%29%12%1
15444

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
16%13%48%6%35%35%6%25%
1432
16th to endDay
13%15%6%9%7%24445%25%
1572
February1st to 15thDay
15%14%6%8%5%36%436%27%
1656
16th to endDay
17%11%38%5%34346%32%
1580
March1st to 15thDay
16%13%37%5%3445%6%29%
1790
16th to endDay
17%8%37%6%35%5%47%31%
2158
April1st to 15thDay
18%9%5%6%5%2445%5%31%
1971
16th to endDay
20%7%25%5%3445%7%34%
2035
May1st to 15thDay
20%8%36%5%35%5%5%7%27%
2152
16th to endDay
13%5%25%5%35%5%6%6%39%
2393
June1st to 15thDay
13%5%24435%5%5%7%41%
2310
16th to endDay
10%436%5%35%7%7%9%35%
2310
July1st to 15thDay
8%315%5%35%5%6%9%44%
2310
16th to endDay
7%425%5%36%6%8%10%39%
2459
August1st to 15thDay
7%5%35%4345%6%9%42%
2170
16th to endDay
9%5%244346%7%9%41%
2100
September1st to 15thDay
13%314425%446%48%
1966
16th to endDay
9%5%245%35%6%5%7%43%
1815
October1st to 15thDay
14%5%25%434337%43%
1730
16th to endDay
19%7%25%5%3345%7%35%
1636
November1st to 15thDay
13%8%36%41445%5%42%
1582
16th to endDay
19%7%47%423346%34%
1583
December1st to 15thDay
18%11%5%8%6%34445%28%
1440
16th to endDay
21%14%6%7%6%24435%23%
1536
January1st to 15thNight
17%11%46%5%23345%34%
2506
16th to endNight
13%12%7%9%5%34445%29%
2649
February1st to 15thNight
15%12%5%6%5%13445%35%
2203
16th to endNight
15%10%47%5%2345%5%34%
1893
March1st to 15thNight
16%11%46%5%3443436%
2147
16th to endNight
16%8%36%5%35%447%34%
1960
April1st to 15thNight
17%8%35%424447%37%
1647
16th to endNight
20%7%35%423346%38%
1594
May1st to 15thNight
18%6%15%5%35%5%6%7%34%
1466
16th to endNight
10%414435%5%5%8%45%
1368
June1st to 15thNight
11%42442445%6%47%
1320
16th to endNight
10%4245%36%6%5%11%40%
1320
July1st to 15thNight
6%3145%1447%6%52%
1320
16th to endNight
6%2143245%8%9%50%
1401
August1st to 15thNight
431433446%10%53%
1457
16th to endNight
9%31342445%8%52%
1750
September1st to 15thNight
11%412313348%55%
1653
16th to endNight
9%414425%45%8%49%
1815
October1st to 15thNight
12%424423247%50%
1897
16th to endNight
20%7%25%323346%41%
2236
November1st to 15thNight
13%7%25%423336%46%
2276
16th to endNight
18%9%36%433246%37%
2376
December1st to 15thNight
21%9%37%5%24436%30%
2520
16th to endNight
24%15%5%8%6%3433421%
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
16%13%48%6%35%45%5%26%
1432
16th to endDay
14%15%6%10%6%34436%25%
1572
February1st to 15thDay
15%14%6%7%5%35%436%27%
1656
16th to endDay
17%11%38%5%34346%32%
1580
March1st to 15thDay
16%13%47%5%3445%6%29%
1800
16th to endDay
17%8%37%6%3445%7%31%
2157
April1st to 15thDay
18%9%5%6%5%2445%5%31%
1971
16th to endDay
20%7%25%5%3345%6%34%
2035
May1st to 15thDay
20%8%36%5%25%5%5%7%27%
2152
16th to endDay
13%5%25%5%345%6%6%39%
2393
June1st to 15thDay
13%5%24435%5%5%7%41%
2310
16th to endDay
10%435%5%35%7%7%9%35%
2310
July1st to 15thDay
8%325%5%35%5%6%8%44%
2310
16th to endDay
7%425%6%46%6%7%10%38%
2459
August1st to 15thDay
7%5%35%5%35%5%6%9%42%
2170
16th to endDay
10%424435%5%7%9%41%
2100
September1st to 15thDay
13%42442445%6%48%
1966
16th to endDay
9%5%245%35%6%5%7%44%
1815
October1st to 15thDay
15%5%25%5%34346%44%
1730
16th to endDay
19%7%25%5%3345%7%35%
1636
November1st to 15thDay
13%8%36%42445%5%41%
1582
16th to endDay
19%7%46%5%23346%34%
1583
December1st to 15thDay
18%12%5%8%5%35%335%28%
1440
16th to endDay
22%14%6%7%6%24435%23%
1536
January1st to 15thNight
17%11%46%5%23345%34%
2506
16th to endNight
13%12%7%9%6%24445%29%
2649
February1st to 15thNight
15%12%5%6%5%1344435%
2196
16th to endNight
15%10%47%5%2345%5%34%
1893
March1st to 15thNight
16%11%46%5%3443435%
2160
16th to endNight
16%7%36%5%35%448%34%
1960
April1st to 15thNight
17%8%36%42345%7%37%
1647
16th to endNight
20%7%36%423345%39%
1594
May1st to 15thNight
18%6%15%5%345%6%7%34%
1465
16th to endNight
10%4145%35%45%8%45%
1368
June1st to 15thNight
11%425%42446%5%48%
1320
16th to endNight
10%4245%36%6%5%10%40%
1320
July1st to 15thNight
7%3144245%6%7%52%
1320
16th to endNight
5%2133246%8%9%50%
1401
August1st to 15thNight
431333447%9%53%
1457
16th to endNight
9%31442345%8%52%
1750
September1st to 15thNight
11%412313348%55%
1653
16th to endNight
8%414425%45%7%49%
1815
October1st to 15thNight
12%424423247%50%
1897
16th to endNight
20%7%25%323346%40%
2236
November1st to 15thNight
14%7%25%423336%46%
2276
16th to endNight
18%9%46%423246%37%
2376
December1st to 15thNight
21%9%48%5%23336%30%
2520
16th to endNight
24%15%5%8%5%3333421%
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
58%413%13%8%
1433
16th to endDay
61%412%14%6%
1572
February1st to 15thDay
59%5%10%15%8%1
1658
16th to endDay
53%5%12%20%6%1
1580
March1st to 15thDay
56%5%10%19%6%
1800
16th to endDay
51%6%14%20%6%
2158
April1st to 15thDay
53%5%8%19%11%
1971
16th to endDay
49%6%13%16%10%3
2035
May1st to 15thDay
53%7%12%20%6%
2152
16th to endDay
43%7%12%20%15%2
2397
June1st to 15thDay
40%7%10%24%15%1
2310
16th to endDay
40%8%13%20%14%2
2310
July1st to 15thDay
35%7%12%26%14%2
2161
16th to endDay
37%8%16%22%12%2
2292
August1st to 15thDay
35%8%14%25%14%1
2155
16th to endDay
36%8%13%22%16%3
2100
September1st to 15thDay
35%6%11%24%18%3
1966
16th to endDay
36%7%9%26%17%2
1815
October1st to 15thDay
40%5%11%26%14%1
1730
16th to endDay
47%5%13%22%9%1
1636
November1st to 15thDay
42%5%11%23%14%2
1582
16th to endDay
51%312%23%8%
1583
December1st to 15thDay
59%412%17%6%
1440
16th to endDay
65%49%12%7%
1536
January1st to 15thNight
52%5%11%18%10%
2506
16th to endNight
56%5%13%16%8%
2649
February1st to 15thNight
51%412%20%9%1
2205
16th to endNight
51%412%21%9%1
1893
March1st to 15thNight
52%5%11%17%10%2
2160
16th to endNight
48%6%13%19%9%1
1960
April1st to 15thNight
46%410%21%14%2
1647
16th to endNight
47%5%8%22%11%4
1594
May1st to 15thNight
46%5%12%23%10%
1466
16th to endNight
34%8%14%20%19%3
1370
June1st to 15thNight
36%5%12%26%16%3
1320
16th to endNight
37%7%12%21%18%2
1320
July1st to 15thNight
29%6%12%28%19%3
1240
16th to endNight
26%8%16%26%19%3
1305
August1st to 15thNight
25%6%17%29%19%2
1448
16th to endNight
29%5%13%26%18%5%
1750
September1st to 15thNight
28%5%10%27%25%3
1653
16th to endNight
32%6%10%29%18%3
1815
October1st to 15thNight
34%410%27%21%1
1897
16th to endNight
45%411%24%13%1
2236
November1st to 15thNight
41%48%23%18%4
2276
16th to endNight
49%313%22%11%
2376
December1st to 15thNight
56%411%19%8%
2520
16th to endNight
67%48%13%5%
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
28%8%34%24%3
90
16th to endDay
17%11%40%21%8%
96
February1st to 15thDay
21%22%43%12%1
90
16th to endDay
19%12%40%14%9%2
81
March1st to 15thDay
36%13%30%16%3
90
16th to endDay
26%8%30%23%9%1
221
April1st to 15thDay
22%15%25%21%12%1
210
16th to endDay
18%9%29%25%12%4
210
May1st to 15thDay
23%7%32%20%11%4
244
16th to endDay
14%8%31%25%15%4
437
June1st to 15thDay
15%6%29%30%13%5%
420
16th to endDay
10%5%35%27%14%6%
420
July1st to 15thDay
9%5%31%24%18%11%
400
16th to endDay
8%228%29%20%11%
445
August1st to 15thDay
8%215%34%22%16%
333
16th to endDay
7%414%30%28%13%
268
September1st to 15thDay
11%318%32%26%7%
255
16th to endDay
10%419%29%28%8%
254
October1st to 15thDay
14%5%25%30%19%5%
170
16th to endDay
22%14%34%26%2
96
November1st to 15thDay
11%12%24%32%14%5%
90
16th to endDay
34%11%34%13%6%
90
December1st to 15thDay
21%22%36%14%41
90
16th to endDay
27%22%44%32
96
January1st to 15thNight
21%13%38%20%6%
900
16th to endNight
20%11%33%30%2
960
February1st to 15thNight
21%10%37%25%5%
797
16th to endNight
20%13%34%26%6%
631
March1st to 15thNight
22%11%34%24%6%
720
16th to endNight
19%9%34%25%10%
606
April1st to 15thNight
20%11%31%27%7%
494
16th to endNight
23%6%32%26%9%1
495
May1st to 15thNight
21%5%30%29%12%
495
16th to endNight
12%425%39%18%
515
June1st to 15thNight
13%227%43%12%
495
16th to endNight
11%325%37%20%1
495
July1st to 15thNight
9%219%42%25%2
465
16th to endNight
5%15%45%28%3
522
August1st to 15thNight
5%19%50%29%4
494
16th to endNight
10%13%39%31%4
525
September1st to 15thNight
11%316%33%29%5%
498
16th to endNight
11%5%17%34%26%3
657
October1st to 15thNight
14%6%25%32%18%2
660
16th to endNight
23%11%30%24%9%
704
November1st to 15thNight
17%10%36%23%10%1
700
16th to endNight
21%12%32%24%8%
756
December1st to 15thNight
27%10%33%23%5%
900
16th to endNight
31%10%32%21%3
960
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