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Old 06-29-2012, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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Brisbane supposedly gets 2800 hours but ever since I've been here (since Aug 2011), it's rained more than an average year in the UK and been mostly cloudy quite often.
I think you're already exhibiting the "upward shift in normal expectations", especially after coming from London or anywhere in the UK. Brisbane is not Yuma! My London-resident daughter has noticed a reasonable set of clear days visiting Wellington in winter!

The 12-month total Jun 11 - May 12 is 2771 hours. Certainly below the shortish record average at the current airport site, but not very far below the longterm average. All this data is available at BOM.

Brisbane Airport, Qld - June 2011 - Daily Weather Observations

Highest reading, 298 in November, lowest 161 in March.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Melbourne AUS
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Here is a map of the annual average daily sunshine for Australia. 8 hours per day equals 2920 hours annually, so basically anywhere within the 8 hour line falls in the 3000+ category. You can see how large that area is, I'd say it occupies about 80% of the country.

Also you can see that I'm not stuffing around when I say that Melbourne is cloudy. Conclusive proof that is a subarctic anomaly

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Old 06-29-2012, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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Yes, that's the one I referred ChesterNZ to. I reckon an average of about 3100 would be close to the mark.
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Old 06-30-2012, 03:40 AM
 
Location: Germany
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Germany should be ranked very highly on the list of least sunny countries. The middle part of Germany (e.g., the old industrial heartland, called the Ruhr district) only gets about 1300 - 1400 hours of sunshine per year. That ranks right up there with places like Ireland, Scotland and even Iceland. It's only in the south or the extreme northeastern corner of Germany that you don't constantly feel like you are living in a kind of permanent twilight. Even the most sunny places in Germany, however, still get significantly less sunshine than places like Seattle, Washington or Portland, Orgeon in the USA.

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Old 06-30-2012, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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As a whole, Germany would be comfortably ahead of Ireland and Scotland.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Germany
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Is that first map of Europe seriously wrong in some places? For example, the info I found on Prague, Czech Republic says that they get about 1900 hours of sunshine a year there, but the map shows it as part of the "blue zone."
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
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I think you should better look at data or maps about solar radiation than sunshine hours. Sunshine hours dont't tell anything about the intensity of the sun's rays.

Great map:
http://meteonorm.com/fileadmin/user_...p_world_v7.png
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:31 AM
 
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Many places in Sichuan, China have <1000 hours. And the area is certainly larger than Iceland.
And the area of <1200h is roughly the area of entire France. (See the map in below).

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Old 09-27-2012, 03:40 AM
 
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Here is the map for China. As you can see it is very diverse.

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Old 10-05-2012, 07:13 AM
 
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Contrary to popular belief, central , eastern and northern France (70% of the country) are not sunny, Paris with 1650 hours is not sunnier than London, and I can testify that November-March in Paris are extremely gloomy.
I 've never been to Ireland, but I guess southern Ireland (Cork?) must be on a par with Paris in terms os sunshine hours.
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