Attention All Cloudspotters
You can’t look around when you’re looking up, so we’ve had a look around for you.
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On the 7th March a particularly dramatic display of lenticularis clouds formed over North Wales. They were of the form known as ‘pile d’assiettes’. This is the French for a pile of plates and refers to lenticular clouds that have the distinctive stacked appearance. You can see examples of the formations sent in to our photo gallery below.
Cloud enthusiast, Bernard L Reymond, recently sent us the link to NASA’s Cloud of the Day for 2nd March. This is an image of a Lenticular cloud, the Moon, Mars and Venus and was taken by Nuno Serrão. Once you have read all the information onthe NASA website about this photograph, you might also enjoy watching the associated video.
A solar eclipse will be visible from the UK on the morning of 20th March 2015. Although primarily an astronomical event, a solar eclipse can also affect the weather*. If you will have access to measurements of air temperatures, wind speeds, or can safely observe the cloud amount by eye, the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading invites you to take part in NEWEx, the National Eclipse Weather Experiment, a citizen science project to collect weather data during the solar eclipse for detailed analysis. Full instructions for submitting data are given at www.met.reading.ac.uk. Some of the results from this endeavour are likely be discussed as part of a BBC Stargazing Live event on the day of the eclipse, and will also be analysed more formally.
*A brief summary of some of the anticipated eclipse-related weather changes is given here: How do solar eclipses affect the weather
The UAE is offering grants for research programmes into enhancing the yield from rain clouds. Anyone interested in applying for a grant would need to supply an online proposal by 16th March 2015.
For full details please visit the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science website.
This week, Mark Philips, a reporter for CBS Evening News in the US, visited us for a bit of cloudspotting.
Here is his report:
This is a photograph of Cloud Appreciation Society member 30943, Jazz Coathup. It was sent by her owner and companion Paul Coathup who says “this photo is slightly unusual in that she is lifting her head skywards, more often than not she prefers to lay on her back and just gaze upwards in wonder at the sheer variety of clouds that are free for all to see.”
Cloud enthusiast, Tim Oxton, recently sent us this story he saw on the EADT24 website. On 28 January the sky was blue and beautiful over Framlingham, Suffolk. But within minutes photographer Sarah Lucy Brown had captured a dramatic change in the sky. “The colours are incredible and quite a contrast from the blue to the dark grey, all in a matter of minutes,” she said.
To see her images, please view the EADT24 Gallery
ABC Online recently sent us a link to a story featured on their website. This image was captured by Peter Thompson who described it as a “water bomb falling”. The story goes on to explain that the Bureau of Meteorology said Mr Thompson’s rain bomb was in fact a sort of downburst known as a microburst. “A downburst is a concentrated downdraft, typically lasting five to 15 minutes, and is of unusually high speed such that it can cause damage on, or near, the ground,” the BoM website said.
To see the full article, please visit the ABC Online website
Cloud Appreciator, Helen Leavy, recently sent us this link to a very interesting article from Earth Sky.
It explains what Cloud Streets are and how they are formed using diagrams and satellite images such as the one shown here that the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured of cloud streets over the Black Sea on January 8, 2015. (NASA Earth Observatory image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC)
To read the full article, please visit the EarthSky.org website
The Nature and Human Life E-Magazine recently featured a photograph taken by the Cloud Appreciation Society Gallery Editor, Ian Loxley on their front page. The magazine is the first e-Academic Magazine focusing on Environmental Humanities in China. It is non-profit and free to all. It publishes several articles in both Chinese and English and it’s mission is to promote the academic communication between China and the West in the field of environmental humanities and to promote the research of environmental humanities to the public. The magazine is published online four times a year.