When is it clear in New England?
November 7, 2012 8:34 AM Subscribe
How can I find out which semester has the the largest number of clear nights? I'm teaching an observational astronomy class this term and am getting frustrated by the number of cloudy nights. Is this just life in New England, or would teaching it in the Spring be better?
posted by Betelgeuse to Science & Nature (2 answers total)
Some more specifics: this is southern VT and our fall term goes from September through mid-December and our Spring term goes from late February through early June. Assume for now that I'm able to teach the course either term and that, except for the weather, there is no difference between teaching it in the Fall and the Spring. From being an Astronomer in the Northeast for a number of years, I have always heard that "fall weather is better than spring weather," but I don't have any evidence to back this up. I recognize that any single year may not follow the basic trend but, on average, am I better off teaching in the Fall or the Spring?