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Old 27-04-2021, 08:30 PM
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Observations of moon/cloud relationship

Has anyone else here in Melbourne noticed that there seems to be a relationship between moon phase and cloud cover? For the past few months the clearest nights have been on or around the full moon. The rest of the lunar month is generally cloudy, peaking around new moon.
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Old 27-04-2021, 09:28 PM
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I think that is just one of Murphy's Laws!

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Old 27-04-2021, 09:33 PM
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Old 28-04-2021, 08:16 AM
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Talk to someone at the BOM if that's possible.
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Old 28-04-2021, 10:24 AM
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I’m actually curious about this as well. Maybe I’ll create a spreadsheet that folks can update to include a general location, moon phase and cloud cover (high, medium, low) to get some data....
Or just look at historical data for the same thing
But if the moon impacts tides there’s no reason why it wouldn’t also impact cloud cover with moisture levels changing for a given location
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Old 28-04-2021, 10:37 AM
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It's unusually cloudy on eclipse nights though....

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Old 28-04-2021, 10:57 AM
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Like most holes, those in the cloud are more noticeable when light shines through them
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Old 28-04-2021, 12:19 PM
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Had a full moon last night and thin cloud cover just thick enough to block the stars. The days are fine and cloud free. I'll check again tonight.
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