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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Clouds Cast Thousand-Mile Shadows into Space

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© Alexander Gerst

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.


Cloud Piano

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cloud piano © david bowen 2003-2014

This cloud piano sculpture/installation was created by David Bowen and was commissioned by L’assaut de la Menuiserie, Saint-Etienne, France. This installation plays the keys of a piano based on the movements and shapes of the clouds. A camera pointed at the sky captures video of the clouds. Custom software uses the video of the clouds in real-time to articulate a robotic device that presses the corresponding keys on the piano.

You can read more about this and view a video of it in action on David Bowen’s website

Thanks to Cloud Appreciation Society member Patricia Ludwick, for sending this to us.


Heart Shaped Cloud over North Devon

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Heart Shaped Cloud Over North Devon

Gemma Rapkins, 29 and friend Kiren Ali, 36, were relaxing by a swimming pool in Ebberley, North Devon, UK when they saw this heart shaped cloud drifting overhead. The Western Morning News added a the image and brief account to their website

Thanks to Lorna Stroup Nilsson for telling us about it.


Veins of Heaven

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Veins of Heaven ©  P-M Hedén

On 31st July NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day was entitled “Veins of Heaven” taken by P M Hedén. It shows an exceptional display of noctilucent clouds which were captured earlier in July above the island of Gotland, Sweden. You can read more about it on the their website.

Thanks to Bernard L Reymond for sending us the link to this wonderful page.


We’ve posted the Cloud of the Month for August

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August-2014-comThere’s a flying carpet cloud over Exeter, UK. See August Cloud of the Month here


Obnubilation

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Steven Connor

We all know how clouds are often to be used to describe negative things – someone ‘having a cloud hanging over them’ or there being ‘a cloud on the horizon’. We were interested to read a scholarly article about the history of these bad connotations written by Steven Connor, and originally aired as an episode of The Essay on BBC Radio 3 on 25 February 2009. Steven’s piece shows that clouds have been getting a bad press for centuries. Many thanks to H Brown (member 7173) for letting us know about this fascinating chronology of cloud dread. Click here to read the article.


Smartwater: Look Up

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Smart Water: Look Up

Cloud Appreciation Society member, Elizabeth Gordon, recently sent us the link to Drink Smart Water which has been inspired by the clouds. She says it’s a little fun and if you click the screen there are options to play with the clouds!


PHOG Water Cloud Harvesting

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PHOG Water Cloud Harvesting

We were recently contacted by the PHOG Water Team, a water sourcing venture that harvests pure water directly from clouds and fog with the mission to expand clean water access worldwide.

In the summer of 2013, they successfully tested a pilot site on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines that can produce millions of liters of water a year. This cloud harvesting method is a sustainable water collection alternative that requires zero energy input and avoids issues of groundwater depletion. PHOG has been working on providing a locally sourced and environmentally conscious bottled water option in the Caribbean, while providing resources and materials for people to start their own cloud and fog collection systems worldwide.

You can find out more from their website and also from the video below.

PHOG Water from PHOG Water on Vimeo.


Storm Cloud Lamp

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We recently came across this rather clever – and very expensive – ‘smart’ cloud lamp, made by Richard Clarkson Studios. The description claims that “The Smart cloud is the fully featured unit. Remote, Color changing lights, 2.1 Speakers, motion detection & more. Variants include a “satellite add-on cloud”.

For those who feel that the $3,360.00 price tag of the smart Cloud Lamp is a little expensive, there is a slightly cheaper ‘non-smart’ lamp-only option. Those who feel that too is rather pricey can enjoy the free alternative by looking out of the window on a stormy day.

Cloud from Richard Clarkson on Vimeo.