Cloud Free Night is an online weather forecast information service for the benefit of the Australia and New Zealand astronomy and photography communities. Cloud 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 *** ACCESS and GFS model map regions have been updated to improve coverage over Australia using the high-resolution ACCESS-C model data. Satellite map regions have also been updated for complete coverage over Australia. Please be aware of occasional late or missing ACCESS and GFS model forecast updates.
- CFN Team (19 May 2022)

Cloud Free Night displays ACCESS and GFS model cloud forecast maps over specific Australian regions and New Zealand, and forecast meteograms for a variety of locations, summarising the weather forecast over the next five days. The official weather forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology and links to local (WeatherWatch, Oz Forecast) and overseas (Yr, Clear Outside, meteoblue, 7Timer!) cloud forecasts are available to enable further comparison of these weather predictions.

Cloud Free Night displays high-definition Himawari-8 satellite images and cloud camera images over Australia and New Zealand. The satellite imagery are displayed at their original resolution and zoomed over specific areas of Australia. The cloud camera images include those from aviation weather cameras, all sky cameras and webcams around Australia. Together the cloud observations and forecasts are a valuable planning resource for your astronomical and photographic activities.

Cloud Free Night is operated by a small team from the Australia 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.