Why do clouds get such a bad rap? In English, when someone’s sad or depressed, they’re “under a cloud.” When there’s bad news in store, there’s “a cloud on the horizon.” It’s everyone’s default doom-and-gloom metaphor. But, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, has one message for you: Clouds are awesome.
Whatever happened to the days we spent as children, gazing at clouds for hours on end? Says Pretor-Pinney, those days don’t have to be over. Nature’s own Rorschach blots, clouds often tell us what we’re thinking about. Aristophanes called clouds “the patron goddesses of idle fellows.” Pretor-Pinney reminds us: To tune into the clouds is to calm down, slow down.
Consider these awesome and rare clouds:
Photo: Ryan Verwest : Mt Rainier, Washington, US
Lenticularis clouds are formed when winds are forced to rise to pass over a mountain and become wave-like. These seem to hover…