For the Upstate cities, one forecaster says it has a lot to with the wind direction.
As of Sunday, OCt. 21, Buffalo's had 161 days of sunshine this year; Rochester, 63; Syracuse, 58; and Orlando, Fla., 96.
Places like Rochester and Syracuse get a prevailing northwest wind during the winter months for quite a few days, AccuWeather meterologist Brian Edwards.
"And that northwest wind kicks in the lake-effect snowfall and it goes into the inland areas. Therefore, you get more clouds in places like Rochester and Syracuse," Edwards says.
For Buffalo, he says a northwest doesn't lead to the same result.
"You need something out of the southwest to give you the clouds and moisture off of Lake Erie, so more often than not, you [Buffalo] end up with a northwest wind and that would be why there's more clouds in those inland locations," he adds.
For our friends in Orlando, the humidity values and the amount of moisture in Florida is very high during the late spring and summer months, and that contributes to daily thunderstorms that fire up over the inland areas of Florida, Edwards says.
"And that would contribute to less actual days of just plain sunshine because most of those summer months are washed away because of the amount of thunderstorms that develop," Edwards adds.
Not to mention the clouds and overcast skies Orlando residents see for a stretch of time in the summer.
Forecasters define a sunny day as one that includes sunshine for more than half of a given caledar day, he says.