Meet 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.
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.”