First, thanks for great weather coverage on WRAL. My question: What is the difference between partly sunny/mostly cloudy or partly cloudy/mostly sunny. It seems to me that the pairs are the same thing. Is there a reason to use one rather than the other? A minor point, but something I've always been curious about... Susan B
Posted January 6, 2007
In addition, one would use partly cloudy rather than partly sunny for nighttime skies that fall within that range of cloudiness. Likewise with "mostly clear" versus "mostly sunny," both of which refer to around 1-2 oktas of cloud cover.