Attention All Cloudspotters

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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.
Go to Cloud of the Month for November…

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.

Cloud Dancer

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Cloud Wine

We were recently contacted by Society member, Jan McIntyre, who expressed her delight at stumbling across this beautifully labelled wine.

The producers, Evans & Tate, have a selection of Cloud Dancer wines and we can’t wait to try them!

Cloud Shaped House

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We recently came across this on the Something Amazing Blogspot.

The unusual wooden cabin designed by Bruit du Frigo looks like a white cloud and serves as an art installation and shelter for up to seven people. Travelers can reserve the cabin and stay overnight for free. It was constructed by Zebra3 and is located in Lormont, France.

You can see more amazing images here

Every Cloud

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“Every Cloud” has been created by Joseph Perry and is part of his ongoing Typology series, which sees historical scientific data re-imagined into contemporary geometric charts. It celebrates the work of Luke Howard, the amateur meteorologist who brought order to the ever-changing skies. In his book ‘The Modifications of Clouds’ (1803) Howard harnessed the unpredictable beauty of the clouds, classifying them using a Latin naming structure.

Each limited edition print comes hand numbered and signed with copies now available for purchase at £32.00 each from Joseph’s webstore

Heilan’ Ways Symposium

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Society founder, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, will be speaking at this symposium in the Scottish Highlands, which is themed this year on ‘Perceptions of Exploration’. Although there are no tickets left for the day of hosted walks (Friday 14 Nov), they are still available for the symposium day (Saturday 15 Nov). Other speakers include mountaineer Doug Scott and artist Richard Long.
More information here