27 Sep '12, 12pm

A New Kind of Cloud? Say Hello to the Undulatus Asperatus

A New Kind of Cloud? Say Hello to the Undulatus Asperatus

Full of forms yet formless, clouds are immeasurably fascinating (and we're speaking about the natural kind, not the cloud computing kind). If you're really into cloud-spotting, then know you're not alone: the UK-based Cloud Appreciation Society (CAS) has been documenting and showcasing various member-submitted cloud photos online since 2005. Most recently, the CAS is trying to get a new sub-species of cloud recognized, namely the undulatus asperatus (or "agitated wave"). Spotted over numerous places like the Great Plains, France, Norway, Scotland and the UK, this darkly dynamic cloud is now the subject of focused academic research, where the findings will be used to support its recognition as a new kind of cloud. Says The Independent : The CAS took up [undulatus asperatus'] cause, named it, and began lobbying for it to be formally recognised as a new sub-species. This is n...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/new-cloud-undu...

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