Cloud Free Night is an online weather forecast information service for the benefit of the Australian & New Zealand astronomy and photography communities. Near real-time weather forecasts from the United States GFS global model can be compared to higher resolution forecasts from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology ACCESS model, improving your confidence in the accuracy of these weather predictions.

*** LATEST NEWS *** Please be aware of occasional missing ACCESS or GFS model forecast updates. Check carefully the dates of model forecast products...
- CFN Team (9 July 2021)

Cloud Free Night displays official forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology, ACCESS and GFS model forecast maps and meteograms over specific Australian regions, New Zealand and locations, summarising the weather forecast over the next five days. Links to local (WeatherWatch, OzForecast) and overseas (Meteologix, 7Timer!, Yr, meteoblue, Clear Outside) forecasts enable further comparison of these weather predictions.

Cloud Free Night displays the latest Himawari-8 satellite images and synoptic charts from the Bureau of Meteorology, and cloud camera images around Australia & New Zealand. The high-definition satellite images cover many areas of the Australian region and New Zealand. The cloud camera images include those from aviation weather cameras, webcams and all sky cameras around Australia.

Cloud Free Night is operated by a small team from the Australian astronomy community. If you have any questions, please contact us at We would like to hear of your experience in using, or suggestions to improve, the Cloud Free Night service.