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I just watched the despecialized version of the OT for the trillionth time and suddenly I felt as if the clouds in the sky of Tatooine didn’t really fit for the theme of a desert planet. I know it might not be that important. But as an admirer of Star Wars I wondered if other fans of the franchise have noticed it or felt the same way I did.
For example the very first scene on Tatooine, where C3P0 and R2 seperate you can see clouds in the sky and tho the makers of the movie aswell as fans might have noticed this seemingly unimportant detail about the movie, I wondered if it really fits into the setting.
Does it even rain on Tatooine? Does the atmosphere of the planet have any humidity?
I know this might not even be important but I wondered if anybody before me has wondered about the clouds of the original movie from 77.
I know there are no clouds in Phantom Menace. And somehow, suddenly, and excuse me for this arbitrary statement, seeing clouds on Tatooine appears to be immersion breaking to me. I even considered to edit Harmys (god bless them) despecialized version of the movie for myself so I could watch it without clouds on Tatooine but then again I wonder if it’s even that important.
I hope any of the more “hardcore” fans of Star Wars could tell me if clouds on Tatooine are a normal or at least acceptable thing or should Tatooine be clear skyed and cloudless to truly become a “desert planet”?
I would like to thank anybody who read this lengthy post and considered my line of thought in advance. For I know others might think that Tatooine should have clouds for whatever reason.

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There are actually quite a few clouds on Tatooine throughout all three prequels:

https://youtu.be/e3NRzGrt5z0?t=11
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiLVNGl8rew
https://youtu.be/6C--Zttls8I?t=128

Those devices seen around the Lars homestead are moisture 'vaporators, presumably used to pull moisture from the atmosphere, so there’s clearly something up there.

So to answer the original question, I think the presence of clouds on Tatooine in the original film is perfectly fine, even if the ones in the first scene are unusually fluffy.

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Tatooine looked better with blue grey skies and no clouds.

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Plenty of clouds around in Kenobi.

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Yeah, I noticed the anomalous cumulus clouds. You could imagine they’re made of something other than water vapour if it bugs you that much.

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Remember, most of the Tatooine shots were filmed on location in the deserts of Tunesia. So those were all clouds shot in a desert. And the matte paintings of the planet show lots of clouds. The clouds are supposed to be there and are very pervsive. some shots are cloud free, but where I live we have days like that as well. And while I don’t live in what is officially a desert, it is very arid most of our water comes form snowmelt off the mountains. So it would be a huculean task to remove all the clouds. And as someone pointed out, those vaporators need something in the air to pull out and clouds are usually caused by atmospheric humitity. They may seldom, if ever, see rain on Tatooine, but there is moisture and clouds are a natural result of that.

And as a real world example, Mars has clouds.

So clouds on Tatooine is perfectly sound and reasonable.