Undulatus Asperatus – Holy Crap Clouds

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No new cloud type has been officially classified since 1951 but Gavin Pretor-Pinney who runs the Cloud Appreciation Society believes that there is a new cloud that deserves international recognition. He calls it asperatus, which means rough in Latin. [via]

Top:  Schiehallion, Scotland.
Middle:  Cedar Rapids, Iowa, US.
Bottom:  Hanmer Springs, South Island, New Zealand. [Previously posted here.]

Apparently the unusual cloud formation is benign, not related to precipitation, violent weather or mass extinctions.

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8 Responses to “Undulatus Asperatus – Holy Crap Clouds”

  1. The Watcher Says:

    I guess ‘holy-s#!t clouds’ was taken, eh?

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Watcher– That was the working title, after “Holy F*** Clouds.” Kids read here, and they’re used to crap.

  3. nursemyra Says:

    wow – they are really fantastic

  4. Bunk Strutts Says:

    nursem– Aside from some screaming red pre-storm sunsets, funnel clouds are the most dangerous that I’ve seen – and watched.

  5. wheels Says:

    That first photo puts me in mind of “Starry Night.” The last one puts me in mind of a couple movies that had scenes of demonic invasions from space or other dimensions.

  6. Bunk Strutts Says:

    wheels– It’s all demonic mnemonic in my Book of Possessions, whatever the hell that means.

  7. mywordlyobsessions Says:

    Scary but beautiful. The sky is angry!

  8. Bunk Strutts Says:

    myword– If I saw that I’d wonder which one of my neighbors pissed off the gods.

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