If you love clear, sunny days, Michigan is probably not where you want to live.
Data from the US National Climate Data Center:
Annual Clear Days (clear = 0 to 3/10ths average sky cover)
Detroit, MI: 75 days
Grand Rapids, MI: 64 days
Lansing, MI: 71 days
(If you're in the US and want to find data near you, the report is the NCDC's "Cloudiness - Mean Number of Days".)
In contrast with Michigan, Yuma, Arizona has 242 clear days, Pensacola, Florida has 105 clear days, and even Spokane, Washington, has 86 clear days.
Seattle, Washington, is often cited as being particularly cloudy. With fifty-one years of data, the Seattle Tacoma International Airport averages only 58 clear days. The other Seattle station listed just says "Seattle C.O., WA", and it's not clear to me which station that is, but with twenty-four years of data, it averages 71 clear days, the same number as Lansing.
If you want to look at the other end of the spectrum,
Annual Cloudy Days (8/10ths to 10/10ths average sky cover)
Detroit, MI: 185 days
Grand Rapids, MI: 205 days
Lansing, MI: 191 days
Yuma, Arizona: 52 days
Pensacola, Florida: 137 days
Spokane, Washington: 191 days
Seattle Tacoma International Airport: 226 days
Seattle C.O., WA: 201 days
I guess when the sky looks like the photo on the left, it's not so surprising that I want to knit with colors like the ones on the right.
Labels: Michigan weather