Gavin Pretor-Pinney of the wonderfully named Cloud Appreciation Society has discovered what he thinks is a new cloud to join the familiar cumulus, stratus, cirrus, and nimbus family.
Asperatus, from the Latin “roughened up” may be the first new cloud classification since 1951. Here’s a picture gallery showing asperatus at work and play.
I really like this cloud, though I don’t recall ever seeing one. And it’s not as if I don’t spend a lot of time with my head in the clouds. The Cloud Appreciation Society website offers everything from a Manifesto, through a splendid photo gallery, to members’ art and poetry.
I plan to join. Sounds like they’re right up my street.