state of the sky

state of the sky

[′stāt əvthə ′skī]
(meteorology)
The aspect of the sky in reference to the cloud cover; the state of the sky is fully described when the amounts, kinds, directions of movement, and heights of all clouds are given.
References in classic literature ?
While the worthy Frenchman was absorbed in the state of the sky and the depression of the temperature, Aouda was experiencing fears from a totally different cause.
Twilight is a beautiful state of the sky and much astronomy can be done in it.
In early times the state of the sky was thought to be a reflection of the moods of the various sky gods, and storms were believed to be a punishment for the misdeeds of the society in question.
We are currently experimenting with recording the state of the sky photographically.
Bob Johnson's 'skitey bits' are all part of the daily state of the sky check.
The state of the sky portrayed on the all-sky map on page 44, when Capricornus is highest in the south, can be called the Capricornus Hour.
And it brings us to a state of the sky we can call the Spica Hour.
Let's take a quick look at the state of the sky portrayed on our current all-sky map, at sidereal hour 10.
Since this constellation is highest at the times listed to the right of the chart--albeit rather low in the south for most of the world's viewers--we can call this state of the sky the Sagittarius Hour.
He must have especially enjoyed the state of the sky at the time that our all-sky map portrays--the time we can call the Arcturus Hour.
The facing map shows the state of the sky at around 10 p.