Attention All Cloudspotters

You can’t look around when you’re looking up, so we’ve had a look around for you.
If you have cloud news that you think we should include here, please email it to us at: contributions@cloudappreciationsociety.org.

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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 Oct), they are still available for the symposium day (Saturday 15 Oct). Other speakers include mountaineer Doug Scott and artist Richard Long.
More information here


We’ve Chosen the Cloud of The Month for October

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Oct-2014-comSometimes when you want to see something unusual in the sky, you need to look in the opposite direction to everyone else.
Go to Cloud of The Month for October…


Help NASA do #SkyScience

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We were recently contacted by NASA who wanted us to share their press release inviting members of the public to join #SkyScience Cloud Study…

“NASA is inviting people around the globe to step outside during Earth Science Week, Oct. 12-18, observe the sky and share their observations as citizen scientists.

NASA’s #SkyScience activity is part of an annual educational event organized by the American Geosciences Institute to encourage the public to engage in Earth sciences. Citizen scientists can participate in this global Earth science data collection event by observing, photographing and reporting on clouds over their location as a NASA satellite passes over. Reports and photos will be compared to data collected by NASA Earth-observing instruments as a way to assess the satellite measurements.

Using the hashtag #SkyScience, participants are encouraged to post their cloud and sky photos and observation experiences to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr. Throughout the week, NASA will share some of the most interesting photos on the agency’s social media accounts.

In addition to #SkyScience, NASA has been engaging students in cloud observation for years through the agency’s Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line (S’COOL) project.

“#SkyScience is another opportunity to get lots of reports in a short period of time and enable additional statistical analysis,” said S’COOL project lead Lin Chambers of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia”.

To learn how to get involved in the #SkyScience activity, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/skysci

For information about NASA’s Earth science activities in 2014, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/earthrightnow


Out of thin air: is this the world’s newest type of cloud?

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Society Founder, Gavin Pretor-Pinney was recently interviewed by online magazine, The Verge, about his quest for recognition of the cloud undulatus asperatus.

“Ten years ago, Gavin Pretor-Pinney decided to rebrand clouds, or what he likes to refer to as the “patron goddesses of idle fellows.” For too long, clouds had been co-opted by bleak expressions like “head in the clouds” and “under a cloud”; dismissed as stains on otherwise beautiful blue skies; and maligned as harbingers of crummy weather and bummer vibes. Pretor-Pinney wanted to change all that….” Read More…


Wolkenschauen Exhibition

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There is an exhibition of 23 artists working with clouds taking place in Passau on the German/Austrian border. It is entitled “Wolkenschauen” which means cloudspotting. It is running until 12th October 2014 at the Kunstverein Gallary, Passau and and cointinues in two venues from 18th October until 9th November in the capital city of lower Bavaria, Landshut (30 minutes northeast of Munich). Artists of the exhibiting include Simon Read from London, UK; Laura Vandenburgh from Eugene Oregon, USA; and Karl Reinhartz, Kurt Benning, Michael Klant and Katharina Gaenssler from Germany.

For more information please see HERE

Below are some images sent in by Michael Jank, curator of the exhibition, Katharina Gaenssler, Buttons, 1999, (Cut out from holiday pictures of her journeys, with the city stamped in on the back) and Michael Klant, poetic banner flying over Passau ” I change but I cannot die” (Percy Shelly)

Katharina Gaenssler, Buttons 1999

Michael Klant, poetic banner flying over Passau


Charles Thomson Rees Wilson: The man who made clouds

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An article was posted on the BBC News Scotland website about Charles Thomson Rees Wilson the only Scottish-born physicist ever to have won the Nobel Prize for Physics and who was inspired by the cloud formations he had witnessed on Ben Nevis.

The story goes into depth about his work tracking particles and his attempts to recreate clouds in his laboratory. Over a 20 year period he developed a cloud chamber which “made things visible whose properties had only previously been deduced indirectly” (Dr Alexander Mackinnon, honorary research fellow (Physics and Astronomy) at the University of Glasgow).

The article ends with a quote from Alan Walker, an honorary fellow of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Edinburgh University who said “Who would have thought that sitting on the top of Ben Nevis being in wonder at the clouds would have ended up actually laying the foundation of discovering things at the very small level.

“That must have been quite something to have gone from just being interested in clouds to ending up inventing something which was the birth of particle physics.”

To read the full article please go to the BBC News Scotland website.

Thanks to Society member, H Brown for bring this to our attention.


The Thinker’s Garden

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Cloud Appreciation Society founder, Gavin Pretor-Pinney was recently interviewed for “The Thinker’s Garden” website. It’s a fairly new website featuring articles on the obscure and sublime in alternative culture, history and art. Gavin was happy to contribute his thoughts and you can see the full interview here.


Clouds Cast Thousand-Mile Shadows into Space

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Geophysicist, Alexander Gerst is currently aboard the International Space Station and from this vantage point, he takes stunning photographs of clouds and their shadows as they stretch to the horizon.

Many thanks to Sara Blumenstein for finding and sharing the link to Alexander’s photographs.