10 Gorgeous Reasons To Get Your Head into the Clouds!

via The Cloud Appreciation Society, Claudine RoquesMeet cloudspotter guru Gavin Pretor-Pinney and his friends at Britain’s The Cloud Appreciation Society, founded to combat the banality of ‘blue-sky thinking’.

If you’re a daydreamer like me, prone to meteorological meditation, let Gavin Pretor-Pinney educate you on his 10 best cloud-types (via London Times) This London Times 10 Cloudspotters’ list is detailed and educational about different types of clouds — not an American online quickie.

‘Cumuls’ clouds I know; these ‘Lenticularis’ clouds below I do not. Aren’t they beautiful!

See about 5000 cloud photos at The Cloud Appreciation Society website.

Over Mount Rainier, Washington, US, by Ryan Verwest (Member 13523)National Geographic has a small feature on Gavin Pretor-Pinney’s new cloud discovery, a cloud formation he calls the “Jacques Cousteau cloud,” after “its resemblance to a roiling ocean surface seen from below. But the cloud fan has proposed a “formal,” Latin name: Undulus asperatus roughly, “a very turbulent, violent, chaotic form of undulation,” explained Pretor-Pinney, author of the new Cloud Collector’s Handbook.”

New cloud formation, this one in Cedar Rapids, Ia., via National GeographicI’ve always enjoyed watching the night sky but admit that I’m among the guilty, who tends to dismiss ‘cloudy skies’ as bad news. Time to go for attitude adjustment! Anne