NASA recently released a report on the clouds of our world, based on decades of observations and analysis. Weather whearever provides you with a summary of their findings!

A colossal study by NASA has highlighted some very interesting figures. We now know that 67% of the surface of the planet is covered with clouds, a major part of these exist above the oceans.


This map shows all the data collected from the observations made by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) from July 2002 to April 2015 via NASA’s Aqua satellite. Colours range from dark blue where there are no clouds; to white where we can see the cloudiest areas.

It is clear that the equator is frequently cloudy along with Africa while Australia and the South Pole are particularly poor in cloudiness. Regarding the UK and Europe in general, cloud coverage is average with clouds being fairly present. The cloudiest areas however are those over the oceans, between North and South America and Asia as well!