Almost a century of "imaging' clouds over the whole-sky dome

K. McGuffie, A. Henderson-Sellers

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Meteorological whole-sky photography can be traced back to just after the turn of the century. Capturing an objective and well-determined view of the cloud cover over the whole-sky dome has been one of the principal goals of subsequent developments. Three types of photographic systems have been devised: refracting, reflecting, and moving film systems. A moving film apparatus seems to have been the first to capture a whole-sky view, but the technology has not advanced far since then. Reflecting systems are the cheapest for do-it-yourself enthusiasts, but refracting systems are readily purchased. The problem of selecting the most useful method for projection of the sky onto the film has arisen many times in the last 70 yr. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1243-1253
Number of pages11
JournalBulletin - American Meteorological Society
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


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