PICTURES: New Cloud Type Discovered?

PICTURES: New Cloud Type Discovered?
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If the asperatus cloud type is classified as a new variety (above, asperatus clouds over Devon, U.K. in an undated picture), it would be the first addition to the World Meteorological Organization's cloud atlas since 1951.

Asperatus's champion, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, author of The Cloud Collector's Handbook, argues for greater appreciation of his subject.

"Even if you live in the middle of the city," he said, "the sky is the last wilderness you can look out on."
—Photograph courtesy Richard Huntington
 
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