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DarkSky
07-29-2011, 12:18 PM
The cloud with no name: Meteorologists campaign to classify unique 'Asperatus' clouds seen across the world


Whipped into fantastical shapes, these clouds hang over the darkening landscape like the harbingers of a mighty storm.But despite their stunning and frequent appearances, the formations have yet to be officially recognised with a name.
They have been seen all over Britain in different forms - from Snowdonia to the Scottish Highlands - and in other parts of the world such as New Zealand, but usually break up without producing a storm.

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Full story : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1189877/The-cloud-Meteorologists-campaign-classify-unique-Asperatus-clouds-seen-world.html

StormJunkie
07-30-2011, 11:00 AM
This cloud is featured in the documentary titled "Cloudspotting" made in 2010. It's an interesting documentary if you haven't seen it. Often I find that I look at clouds and try to read them, but the film really approaches clouds from more of an angle of appreciation instead of what they tell us scientifically. Anyways, he talks about this type of cloud and people started sending in their pictures until he had a small portfolio which he brought into a Meteorological Association to make another cloud type, something that hasn't taken place in a long time.

*edit* the article basically says what i just said. The guy interviewed is actually the creator of the documentary for those interested.