The World's Clouds in 2018

Of all the resources provided for free by the weather, sunshine is perhaps the most appreciated. Yet, the sunniest places -- deserts -- can be among the most difficult for large numbers of people to inhabit. Check out the maps to see ...

  • The equator is not particularly sunny -- some places like Borneo in Indonesia are cloudy year-round
  • The sunniet regions tend to be on land, near zones of sinking air at around 30 degrees North and South
  • In Australia, the sunniest weather is in late winer (July and August south of the equator).

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Last updated 05-08-2019 by Andrew Guenthner. Released under the MIT Open Source License