This answer provides some information about the potential that precipitation can interfere with signals of the Deep Space Network. In practice, how often (a count, ratio or percent) has weather interfered with intended contacts of the DSN?

(Looking for actual numbers, not commentary that Goldstone is in a desert.)

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    $\begingroup$ commentary instead that it rains in Spain, and not only on the plain (and also in Australia though it doesn't rhyme) See slide #5 form here The challenge to answering is that high water vapor can block some DSN activities (e.g. VLBI or delta-differential doppler ranging) or some bands (X-band and experimental ones) without interfering with others. Strong wind might affect highest bands also. It's not going to be a simple number based on a boolean like rainouts in baseball. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    May 10, 2019 at 4:34
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    $\begingroup$ Hurricane winds. For example for Soviet P-400 radiotelescope: "Guidance drives are designed to operate at wind speeds up to 25 m/s". $\endgroup$
    – A. Rumlin
    May 10, 2019 at 15:02


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