PICTURES: New Cloud Type Discovered?

PICTURES: New Cloud Type Discovered?
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A possibly new variety of cloud, the asperatus, coats the sky in Perthshire, Scotland, in an undated picture.

Gavin Pretor-Pinney, who is proposing that asperatus clouds be officially recognized, said that clouds get a "bad rap."

"People complain about … having a cloud hanging over them, compared to someone having a sunny outlook on life," said Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society.

"To me, clouds are one of the most beautiful parts of nature. … "

LeMone, a self-described "cloud nut," agreed.

"If you have a rotten day, you can look outside and see a spectacular cloud," she said.
—Photograph courtesy Ken Prior
 
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