Cloudspotting 3: How to Become an Expert Cloudspotter

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This course is your ticket to becoming an expert cloudspotter. Following on from our courses on How to Spot the Ten Main Clouds and How to Spot Cloud Species and Varieties, it consists of 4 parts, each with a video of around 20-minutes and each with a quiz to help embed your learning. This course will teach you how to recognise and identify a whole range of cloud features as well as several rare and fleeting formations that only seasoned cloudspotters ever notice. Not only will you learn to spot these special formations, you will also learn about how they form, from the dramatic breaking-wave shaped cloud features known as fluctus to the extreme-altitude formations like noctilucent clouds, which can be spotted up near the fringes of Space.

On finishing this course and passing the cloudspotting quizzes you will be able to download your own Cloud Appreciation Society certificate showing that you’ve completed our course in becoming an Expert Cloudspotter.

A useful resource to refer to throughout this course is the Cloud Classification Summary table in the International Cloud Atlas, published by the World Meteorological Organisation. It gives an overview of which cloud Supplementary Features and which Accessory Clouds are associated with each of the ten main cloud types (also know as Genera). 

Cloud Classification Summary table of the International Cloud Atlas

You can also find photographs of the cloud types mentioned on the Cloud Appreciation Society Cloud Photo Gallery, using the Filter button at the top to select the type you want to see.