Sunny Colorado

Boulder, CO – Another sunny morning with chirping birds in blossoming trees…

It is so sunny here, very much like Utah actually, but with a lot less snow than where I lived in Park City.  There’s snow on the way for today (mostly higher up, but even town could get a couple inches this weekend, maybe) and the rest of the week’s forecast looks like this:

CLICK for most recent from NOAA

I’ve seen this several times now: the text is correct with “Today: A 20 percent chance of rain after noon.  Partly sunny, with a high near 56.”  (56 Fahrenheit = 13.3 Celcius, it’s a bit nippy…), but the image (circled above) very often makes it look so much less sunny than it really is.  Even in the ‘Partly Cloudy” images, the sun just peaks over more than half clouds; and in “Mostly Sunny”, still almost half the image is obscuring the blue sky.  This may be so in most of the USA, but it’s just not really true here.  So, I look outside, it’s 11:15 am and it actually – hang on let me turn the computer and take a photo … – it looks like this:

At home in Boulder, April 14, 2012 @ 11:15 am, looking north-east from back deck.

The forecasts so far have been pretty spot-on, though, so in 45 minutes the sky will probably covered in clouds and it will rain today.  Boulder’s close enough to the mountains for the weather to flip from one extreme to another in a matter of minutes.

Re Sunshine in Colorado, see also: “Colorado, the Sunshine State” with some stats.

This world sunshine map illustrates better what I’m trying to say (that it is damn sunny here, compared to almost everywhere else I’ve lived).  I put a little back square around the Benelux in Europe (where I grew up), and around Colorado in the US:

World Sunshine Distribution Map. Click Image for where I plucked the map from.

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