Jim Rosenstock wrote:
> The Clear Sky Clock may soon be dumped by Environment Canada due to
> budgetary cuts. However, its creators and friends are attempting to
> support from its users to try to save it. Please take the time to
> write E-Mails of support and appreciation. They can be sent to:
> and David.Grimes@.... Pierre is the Director of CMC and is very
> much in favor of keeping the site open. He will carry the letters of
> support forward
> to the Minister's office and other councils. Dave Grimes is also part
> of the approval process.
> Peter Smitka
I sent the following letter to the two people mentioned in this email:
It has come to my attention that the Canadian Clear Sky Clock
might soon be eliminated by Environment Canada.
I am writing to you to ask that if it is at all possible to
continue this service, that you do so. On the DelMarVa peninsula
in America, East of Washington, D.C., my fellow amateur
astronomers and I rely heavily on your clear sky predictions to
determine whether on a given night it will be worthwhile to
travel to our moderately dark sky site for a night of observing.
There are no "light-free" areas nearby (as we are surrounded by
metropolises,) and only a few "low-light" areas. Some of the
members of my astronomy club travel as much as two hours to reach
the relatively dark site that we use, in order to maximize their
Given that time and travel distance, it is extremely difficult to
tell what sky conditions will be like at one's destination by
evaluating the skies at one's origin; and a four-hour round-trip
is a long way to go only to be disappointed. So most of us rely
on the Clear Sky Clock to give us the best forecast of whether
this kind of commitment to astronomy will be rewarded.
If your Clear Sky Clock is abandoned, there is *no* comparable
replacement available that will help us. Please try to find a
way to maintain this Web site, for all the amateur astronomers on
DelMarVa, and in the United States and Canada.
Thank you for your consideration, and your time to read my letter.
Steven E. Long