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Weather Facts: Through Sun and Fog

From the cities with the most number of sunny days per year to the locations that produce the foggiest days, sunbathers and travelers may want to learn more about the weather conditions mentioned in this article. Some of the locales discussed include Australia, Arizona, Seattle, and Canada.  

Australia Sunshine Facts

Only an average of 5.7 hours of sunshine are enjoyed in Melbourne, Australia , making it one of the least sunny capitals in the world. In Australia, the sunniest capital is Darwin, which gets an average of 8.5 hours of sunshine per day.

Sunny in Yuma

It is said that the sunniest place in the world is in Yuma, Arizona.

Cloudy Days with Sun

When taking in the sun’s rays on a day full of sun, but with clouds in the sky can be dangerous for your skin. This is because clouds have the ability to reflect a great deal of ultraviolet light from the sunlight and increase the amount that reaches down below.

Biggest Clouds

The largest clouds are called cumulonimbus and they can be found 6 miles high, where they can hold up to half a million tons of water.

Hot Weather Factor

Interestingly, researchers say that lightning is five times hotter than the surface of the sun.
The Sunniest Cities in the U.S.

Based on the possibility of a sunny day, the following cities are considered the sunniest: Yuma, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; Tucson, Arizona; El Paso, Texas; Flagstaff, Arizona; Fresno, California; Reno, Nevada; Sacramento, California; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Yuma, Arizona leads the pack where 90% of the days of the year will experience sun.

The Cloudiest Cities in the U.S.

Seattle is known for its cloudy days, but it isn’t the cloudiest in the United States. The following cities experience the highest number of cloudy days throughout the year with Astoria, Oregon leading the way with 240 days of cloudiness: Quillayute, Washington; Olympia, Washington; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Kalispell, Montana; Binghamton, New York; Beckley, West Virginia; Elkins, West Virginia; and Eugene, Oregon.

Fogs

Fogs are more common during the wintertime and have a reputation for affecting air travel during the early afternoon.

Foggy City

The ‘foggiest’ capital city is considered Canberra in Australia, where an average of 47 fogs occur each year.

Strange Observation

Forest fires in British Columbia caused the sun and moon to appear blue to residents of the northeastern United States.

Sea Fog Activity

On Grand Banks of Newfoundland, Canada, one may encounter sea fogs that last for more than 120 days per year.

A South Pole Fact

The South Pole is considered one of the sunniest places on Earth because the snow-covered region reflects 50 to 90 percent of the sunlight that it receives , even though the temperature rarely goes over freezing.

Florida’s Unknown Fact

Despite being one of the sunniest locations in the United States, the temperatures of Tampa Bay and Miami have yet to reach over 100 degrees.  

High UV Exposure

Since Florida is located so close to the equator, the state receives more than 100 times the UV exposure as the state of Maine.