Have you missed the sun? It’s out there, of course, though hiding behind the clouds that make our days seem so grey and dreary. Is January the greyest month of the year or are we simply experiencing a run of gloomy skies? It turns out that November or December are the least sunny months, with January and February giving the last two months of the year a run for their money. When trying to find easy to understand reports and statistics I stumbled across Brian B’s Climate Blog. Brian Brettschneider, an Anchorage-based environmental planner and climatologist, has analyzed a myriad of weather and climate statistics and created a Dreariness Index map. He uses three variables to create the Dreariness Index – total annual precipitation, days per year with measurable precipitation and annual cloud coverage. Iowa falls smack dab in the middle of the range, which if you are like me, knowing that we aren’t the dreariest location in the United States helps, at least a little.
If you would like to learn more about weather, the library has a good number of books on the subject, ranging from weather prediction to extreme weather to climate change.