Cloud Free Night is a free online weather forecast information service, for the benefit of the Australia & New Zealand astronomy and photography communities. It is unique in offering a comparison of the widely available forecasts from the United States GFS global model with higher resolution forecasts from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology ACCESS model. The Cloud Free Night website has also been optimised for mobile devices.
How can I access all this information?Cloud Free Night has multiple levels of access to the information on the website: Public, Member (registration and login required) and Supporter (registration, location information and login required). What's available in myCFN? presents a summary of the products/functionality available with these levels of access. Login is via myCFN for a personalised CFN experience with Member or Supporter access. Existing Public (or new) Cloud Free Night users are encouraged to complete the Feedback Survey. You will be registered for myCFN with one month of Supporter access to all features. Editing your profile and adding location information (club/address optional) is required to continue Supporter access. Existing Members just need to check or add location information to their profile to obtain Supporter access. This is the best way to appreciate the value of all the features in Cloud Free Night.
Testimonial"I can't speak about Cloud Free Night more highly enough, an invaluable asset. It has all the tools to enable me to look up to 10 days in advance as well as how much jet stream there is. Which with my work can only give me limited time to do Astrophotography, something I enjoy immensely. When using CFN I recommend using the Meteogram, Map and Dark sky for your location so you too can get the most out of your night sky."
Karl Zoechmann31 December 2018
Cloud Free Night provides forecast maps over specific Australian regions and New Zealand, and meteograms summarising the forecast over the next ten days for particular locations. The maps allow you to toggle between the GFS and ACCESS models at any point while the meteograms (time-series graphs) present detailed cloud information or a summary comparison of the two models.
Cloud Free Night displays the latest radar images and high-resolution Japanese Himawari-8 satellite images via the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, including animation of the most recent images. The radar images are presented without location names using a modified colour palette for greater clarity. The high-definition satellite images are conveniently matched to the forecast map regions.
Cloud Free Night is operated by a small team from the Australia astronomy community. Please contact us if you would like a meteogram for your home town location or your club's observing site. We would also like to hear your suggestions to enhance the Cloud Free Night service or the website experience.