The Amateur Cloud Society That (Sort Of) Rattled the Scientific Community

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Clouds. It was a bizarre preoccupation, perhaps even a frivolous one, but he didn’t resist it. He went with it, as he often does, despite not having a specific goal or even a general direction in mind; he likes to see where things go. When Pretor-Pinney returned to London, he talked about clouds constantly. He walked around admiring them, learned their scientific names and the meteorological conditions that shape them and argued with friends who complained they were oppressive or drab. He was realizing, as he later put it, that “clouds are not something to moan about. They are, in fact, the most dynamic, evocative and poetic aspect of nature.” More at The NYT Magazine.

A surprisingly brilliant article.

3 thoughts on “The Amateur Cloud Society That (Sort Of) Rattled the Scientific Community

  1. Have to read this later.

    I have always been a vocal admirer of clouds. Just yesterday I was driving to Western Massachusetts and was half tempted to take photos… but I’m not sure they would capture the “big sky” effect, Lots of large, separate, well-formed clouds stretching off to the horizon…

    If there was only one place on earth where clouds gathered, could you imagine how much people would pay to travel there? And how in awe they would be, and how many photos they’d take?

    1. Amazing point at the end there. CloudSpotter – See the Sky with New Eyes and Discover the Fantastic World of Clouds by Cloud Appreciation Ltd

      1. Heh, followed that link and saw the 2.99 pound price, figured it would be $4.99 USD… nope. What’s the name for that UK tax you pay, in terms of things being priced the same in dollars and pounds (though now sadly that is closer to the case than the old 2:1 rule I used to use)

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