IEM Daily Feature
Thursday, 23 June 2011

June Highs and Clouds

Posted: 23 Jun 2011 05:55 AM

High temperatures on Wednesday struggled in the 60s and were only a few degrees warmer than the coldest high temperatures on record for the date. This was thanks to a thick cloud cover and cold air brought in from our north. The featured chart looks at a measure of the amount of cloud cover on days were the high temperature was at record minimums and maximums. It makes intuitive sense that the coldest days are typically more cloudy during the spring, summer, and fall months as the sun is effective at warming the ground thanks to its high declination. Clouds are less important in the winter months as temperatures are dominated by organized air masses and the sun is less effective. For the warmest temperatures, having more sunny conditions are the most important in October it appears. Outside of a blip for warmest days in May, the plot has two clear annual signals!

Good = 14
Bad = 5

Tags:   highs   climate   clouds