Morning Flight

Morning Flight“, painting #3 in my Light Laughter Series.

Morning Flight by Alison Shull

Could this be the view along side a Canadian goose flying South over the lake…on a morning much sunnier than today’s dreary grey morning?

Yes, we’re into that time of year when we Ithacans must try to imagine sunshine.

For those of us who like graphical data, this report describes the typical weather at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (Ithaca, New York, United States) weather station over the course of an average year. It is based on the historical records from 1982 to 2012. Here’s the section on cloud cover:


The median cloud cover ranges from 58% (partly cloudy) to 96% (overcast). The sky is cloudiest on January 4 and clearest on August 9. The clearer part of the year begins around March 28. The cloudier part of the year begins around October 29.

Median Cloud Cover

The median daily cloud cover (black line) with percentile bands (inner band from 40th to 60th percentile, outer band from 25th to 75th percentile).

On August 9, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 37% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 40% of the time.

On January 4, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 64% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 14% of the time.

Alison Shull, an artist based in Ithaca, NY, suspects that the brightness of any one of her paintings is directly related to cloud cover during the time period she painted it. Looking for a new way to kill time on-line?  Go to her online art gallery and take a guess at what time of year she painted each painting…

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