It's....Beautiful: New Form Of Cloud Discovered

July 28, 2011


Clouds: sometimes they look like dinosaurs. Other times they might look Yoda, Jabba the Hutt or a viking ship. And even OTHER times, they look like this this. A unique formation some meteorologists want to classify as a new type of cloud, and give a name. Give a name -- ha! It's not like it's gonna come when you call it.

Whipped into fantastical shapes, these clouds hang over the darkening landscape like the harbingers of a mighty storm.

But despite their stunning and frequent appearances, the formations have yet to be officially recognised with a name.

Experts at the Royal Meteorological Society are now attempting to make it official by naming it 'Asperatus' after the Latin word for 'rough'.

If they are successful, it would be the first variety of cloud formation to be given a new label in over half a century.

Asperatus?! That's a terrible name. I say we start a petition to name them 'Geekologie Writer', after the Latin word internet slang for 'that d-bag with all the word magic'. Oh -- oh geez:

♫Butterfly in the sky -- I'm at least thrice as high

take a look, I ain't in no book, I'm a f***ing cloud, yo♫

Hit the jump for several more shots of the Asparagus or whatever.




The cloud with no name: Meteorologists campaign to classify unique 'Asperatus' clouds seen across the world [dailymail]

Thanks to Lydia, who swears she once saw a cloud that looked just like the Kool Aid man. Um, lydia? That was the sun.

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