Tuesday 4 March 2014

Sodankylä and clouds... Part 2

Yesterday we claimed that we have record-level cloudiness in Sodankylä. So let us check out the data in more detail. In the Figure below, you may find the cloudiness and sunshine duration data given kindly by Rigel Kivi from FMI Sodankylä. It is notable that in February, we had a cover of clouds for a long period. Hence, if someone wanted to see the aurora borealis, then North America would have been a much better choice!

So why do we have this kind of weather? One explanation is that there is a high pressure in Russia and that does not move anywhere at all. It is locked! Hence we are getting warm air from south all the time!

It's cloudy, very cloudy indeed!

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