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Clouds Filling up the Grand Canyon

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Thanks to Sherry Palmer for telling us about this item on the National Public Radio website. The video shows a rare total cloud inversion which took place in the Grand Canyon on Thursday, 11th December, filling the huge void with what looks like a rolling white fog. You can see more on the National Public Radio website

Help save the London home of Luke Howard

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We wholeheartedly support the campaign by the Tottenham Civic Society to save 7 Bruce Grove, Tottenham, London, which is a Grade II Listed building in a state of severe dereliction and in danger of falling down. Once a fine Georgian townhouse, it was the home of Luke Howard, who, in 1802, proposed a system for classifying clouds. Howard came up with the names ‘Cumulus’, ‘Cirrus’ and ‘Stratus’ and his naming system is still in use today. 7 Bruce Grove is the only building in this London area to bear a blue plaque. This simply says:

Luke Howard (1772-1864) ‘Namer of Clouds’ lived and died here

Due to its severe state of repair, the building is on the English Heritage ‘At Risk Register’. Please add your name to this petition for the local council to force Redwing Estates Ltd, which owns the 7 Bruce Grove, to undertake urgent and essential works. We can’t allow this historic home of the man who did so much for the love of the sky to crumble to the ground.

Add your name to the petition

The blue plaque outside 7 Bruce Grove, Tottenham, London

The blue plaque outside 7 Bruce Grove, Tottenham, London

7 Bruce Grove in a terrible state of repair Photo: Matthew Badry (@mattbradby)

7 Bruce Grove has seen better days
Photo: Matthew Badry (@mattbradby)

We’ve added up Cloud of the Month for December

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Cloud of the Month for December 2014And it is of a couple of dogs by the fire over northern Italy. How very festive.
Go to Cloud of the Month for December…

Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas

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Thanks go to Cloud Appreciation Society members Laurence Green and Bernard L Reymond who both sent us the link to this amazing image that appeared on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. The picture was taken by Eric Nguyen in 2004 and shows a Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas. Eric is a storm chaser and you can read more about how and when he captured his image here

Cloudsform Music

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Cloudsform is an ambient musician strongly inspired by clouds. He is working on a new album right now and his next song could be inspired by your photography of clouds.

All you have to do is to tag your photo with #cloudsform on Instagram. This photography would appear on his site as the inspiration.

Thank you to Mirka Biel for bringing this project to our attention.

We have chosen Cloud of the Month for November

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Nov-2014-comFind out what happens when a cloud can’t hold it in any longer.
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Young Persons Edition of Weather Magazine

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The Royal Meteorological Society is putting together a special Young Persons edition of their Weather magazine, to be published next summer. The guest editor, 16 year old Daniel Brener from Berkhamsted, is now looking for articles and images to be submitted for the magazine. These should be written by individuals or small groups of people, between the ages of 7 and 21. Articles can be short (around 300 words) or up to 2000 words.

We welcome contributions on all aspects of weather, including climatology, oceanography, historical meteorology and related environmental matters. Submissions might cover;

o weather related fieldwork,
o cross curricula weather projects,
o local weather events,
o investigations into community memories of extreme weather,
o weather balloon launches,
o anything else!

The deadline for submitting articles or images is 5th December 2014.

They should be submitted to

Fallstreak ‘Rainbow’ Cloud

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The image sent to 3AW Melbourne by listener Carol. Picture: 3AW/Twitter Source: Twitter

The image sent to 3AW Melbourne by listener Carol. Picture: 3AW/Twitter Source: Twitter

Our thanks to Society members Veronica Bryan, no. 24,855 and Kim Ter-Horst, no. 14,256, for drawing our attention the fallstreak hole cloud formation that hit the headlines in Australia after being spotted by residents of Wonthaggi, Victoria. reported on their website that Michael Efron, forecaster at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, reassured locals that the sight was a natural weather phenomenon. Unfortunately, he incorrectly described the rainbow colours appearing in the cloud as iridescence. In fact, the optical phenomenon is a circumhorizon arc, which can appear as sunlight passes through hexagonal-plate shaped ice crystals a high cloud. See the article here.

Alan Eustace Jumps From Stratosphere

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Mr. Eustace landing. He wore a specially designed spacesuit with a life-support system. Credit Paragon Space Development Corporation

Mr. Eustace landing. He wore a specially designed spacesuit with a life-support system. Credit Paragon Space Development Corporation

Alan Eustace, 57, a senior vice president of Google and Cloud Appreciation Society member number 32,261 recently broke the world record for sky-diving from the stratosphere. The New York Times reported on this amazing feat quoting Mr Eustace “It was a wild, wild ride,” he said. “I hugged on to the equipment module and tucked my legs and I held my heading”.

The total fall was over 25 miles in 15 minutes – the complete story and video can be seen on the The New York Times website.

Thank you to Peter Dickman for drawing this to our attention.

Murray Fredericks Clouds Over Greenland’s Ice Sheet

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BBC News Australia recently posted an article and images of photographer, Murray Fredericks’ trip to Greenland’s Ice Sheet. There are some fantastic images including a 22′ & 46′ halo, tangent arc, parry arc, cza and parhelic circle along with a wonderful account of his adventure. It’s well worth reading and can be found on their website here.

Many thanks to John Brigden for drawing this to our attention.