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#1 orion61

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:56 PM

In 40 years of observing I cant remember a more Cloudy Winter as this one in Iowa! I am so @#$%!! frustrated! or as Charlie Brown would say AARGH!!! !@#$%

#2 Mike4242

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:00 PM

I guess we've been pretty lucky down here. Almost every night this month has been clear. Now if I could just motivate myself to get off of Cloudy Nights and set up my scope. Lol!

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:09 PM

Cloudy here inUtah except for full moon.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:34 PM

There sure wasn't to many clear nights this month. Last night and tonight was the clearest and had a full moon to put up with.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:06 PM

The last five years have been cloudier than normal here.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:09 PM

Clear at times but very Hazy here - cant image at all as the stars light up the haze and wash out everything... or the moon is full on the only nights when you get decent seeing...

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:24 PM

Hauled my scope and everything out to cool down, sky was clear. Went out an hour later for final set-up and...overcast! :bangbangbang: Hauled everything back in. Daily exercise, I guess. :D She looks disappointed...

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#8 David Pavlich

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:00 PM

Isn't the first day of winter 21 December? :grin: Fall has been fairly clear in SE Louisiana. We deserve it after last fall/winter.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:01 AM

You think "winter"'s bad...
just wait until autumn arrives in 3 weeks! ;)
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#10 MawkHawk

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:25 AM

Clear at times but very Hazy here - cant image at all as the stars light up the haze and wash out everything... or the moon is full on the only nights when you get decent seeing...


Ha, that's true. I set up a couple nights when the CSC and Accuweather predicted a cloudless sky, only to be fogged out around 10:00. Frustrating...

#11 docchilie

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:02 AM

It has been really bad in this part of Iowa too. The least it could do is rain or snow if it's going to be cloudy, and relieve this drought. All clouds and no precip make dochilie a dull boy.

#12 orion61

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:39 AM

Well what most people don't know that in Iowa we only have three seasons,
1. Winter
2. Winter
and last,
3. Road Construction

#13 herrointment

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:28 AM

You forgot the growing season......

And to add insult to injury, December is historically a cloudy month in the Great Upper Midwest.

I do seem to be making more gear-related purchases and actually making progress on my various astro projects so it's got some upside......I do miss sunlight.

You'r right....it blows.

#14 David Pavlich

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:46 PM

Well what most people don't know that in Iowa we only have three seasons,
1. Winter
2. Winter
and last,
3. Road Construction


When I was exiled to Chicago for 4 years, they told me that they had 4 seasons:

June, July, August and Winter!

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:49 PM

It's been cloudy more than usual out here in California, too! LA NINA!! :bow:

In 40 years of observing I cant remember a more Cloudy Winter as this one in Iowa! I am so @#$%!! frustrated! or as Charlie Brown would say AARGH!!! !@#$%



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Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:16 PM

It's been cloudy more than usual out here in California, too! LA NINA!! :bow:

In 40 years of observing I cant remember a more Cloudy Winter as this one in Iowa! I am so @#$%!! frustrated! or as Charlie Brown would say AARGH!!! !@#$%

And on the other side of the Pacific it's the same, clouds and huge amounts of moisture in the air. Last decent night I can remember was nearly 5 months ago :bawling:
La Nina :thumbsdown:....Where's El Nino when you want it?.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:33 PM

I second Mike in Memphis, and it makes sense. I'm in Central Virginia. You guys need to come 'n join us down in the Mid-Atlantic states. We just recorded the second-driest November in history; virtually every night has been cloudless and crystal clear.

But cold! ##$%& COLD!!!

The area climatology experts are saying we're going to pay for this, however, They're calling for a warm December, until the final week, when the "bottom" is supposed to "drop out" -- giving us a January and February that are supposed to be, so they say, for the record books -- from here up into the Northeast.

My friends in D.C., Philly, NYC and Boston -- you'd better get your observing in, in between the clouds, while you can!

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:43 AM

Had one of the most filthy putrid winters here I can ever remember. My area recorded over 20 rain days in each of May, June, July and August.

Spring was not much better, lots of cloud and muck, and even now as we enter our so-called summer, the forecast calls for 18-20C highs with showers every day :mad: :mad: :mad: We just can't seem to get out of this cycle of regular almost daily onshore winds and cold fronts, it's like a Justin Bieber CD that's stuck on repeat. :mad: :mad: :mad:

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:10 AM

Here in North East Ohio, we had the best summer , observing wise, I can remember in years, so I guess a yucky fall was our to be expected.
In fact work schedule interfered more than clouds, lol

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:16 PM

I was always taught that Venus was the planet that was always enshrouded in clouds??????

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:58 PM

Bad here too. Smoky all summer, cloudy all fall, and winter....?

Enjoy the night sky.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:22 AM

You can send that cold air down here to Arizona; it will be in the 80's AGAIN this week. We're tired of summer! bring on the cool air just keep the clouds. :)

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:24 AM

We've had a few decent nights here, but it hasn't been outstanding by any means. There is plenty of room for improvement.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:19 PM

Def a unique weather change. Prairies are normally dry however it feels like living in Ontario with this daily humidity and almost solid clouds.
With the average 2 days a month with actual seeing a patch of the night sky its hard to keep what I learn lol.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:42 PM

Not in Western Colorado. Today was the first cloudy day in nearly a month.






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