Cloud Free Night is an online weather forecast information service, for the benefit of the Australia & New Zealand astronomy and photography communities. It is unique in offering a comparison of the widely available forecasts from the United States GFS global model with higher resolution forecasts from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology ACCESS model.

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Website re-design. Work in progress. Simple interface. No login required. All forecast maps and meteograms, and latest satellite and radar images available. Feedback

Cloud Free Night displays forecast maps over specific Australian regions and New Zealand, and meteograms summarising the forecast over the next ten days for particular locations. The maps allow you to toggle between the GFS and ACCESS models at any point while the meteograms present detailed cloud information or a summary comparison of the two models.


Cloud Free Night displays the latest radar images and high-resolution Japanese Himawari-8 satellite images via the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The radar images are presented without location names using a modified colour palette for greater clarity. The high-definition satellite images are conveniently matched to the forecast map regions.

Cloud Free Night is operated by a small team from the Australia astronomy community. Please contact us ( if you would like a meteogram for your home town location or your club's observing site. We would also like to hear your suggestions to enhance the Cloud Free Night service.


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