Recognition Sought for New Cloud Variety: Should the United Nations Make It Official?

News 2012/09/24 00:46:52
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Remember learning about the different types of clouds in school? Well, apparently a new type of cloud called “undulatus asperatus” may soon join the ranks of the better-known cumulus, stratus, and cirrus.

“Undulatus asperatus” means “agitated waves” and this type of cloud looks like an undulating blanket covering the sky. The quest to get this type of cloud recognized—it would be the first new variety discovered since the cirrus intortus in 1951—was spurred on by a photo by Jane Wiggins of Cedar Rapids, Iowa that went viral on the Internet in 2006 (see below).

According to Gavin Pretor-Pinney, president of the Cloud Appreciation Society, "It will only become an official classification if it is included in the World Meteorological Organization's reference book, the International Cloud Atlas."

And apparently, the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) doesn’t exactly move very quickly. The atlas has not been put online and the last print edition was issued in 1975. If this new variety of cloud is recognized, it would be the world’s first crowd-sourced cloud—discovered through the sharing of digital images.

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  • RobJohn 2012/09/24 02:22:36
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Where does the UN get this authority to make anything official?

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  • Pronatalist Pronatalist 2012/10/03 03:16:26
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Pronatalist Pronatalist
    So is this yet another ploy seeking for relevance of the "mad scientists," something similar to the shocking "revelation" that Pluto is just deemed to no longer be a planet?

    My first thought was that the United Nations isn't even official nor legitimate, and so why should I believe anything that they may deem?

    get us out of the united nations

    get us out of the united nations
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/10/01 04:32:24
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Margaret Jacobson
    The Un is a large organization that takes HUNDREDS OF TONS OF MONEY from the industrial and western nations to support and sustain the what they call "emerging nations". What do these bozo's know collectively about anything of importance ?? It seems like when they make any kind of decision WE PAY FOR SOMEHOW, SOMEWAY !! Forget them !!!
  • Steve Wilson 2012/09/28 05:42:26
    Yes! It's about time!
    Steve Wilson
    If it's spooky enough, they should! :>)
  • KG 2012/09/26 22:24:49
    No. There's not enough evidence.
    A new cloud formation ? All this time with records being kept, 2012 we have a new cloud formation that looks like a sci-fi flick.

    Can anyone say: HARP !

    They'll just train us that its all normal, its always been like this. We have always had a 1 in 3 chance of dying from cancer.
  • phil white 2012/09/26 21:39:30
    Yes! It's about time!
    phil white
    Might as well make the End Times official. There's something in Revelation I think about strange clouds will appear in the sky.
  • ladyjane 2012/09/26 19:47:52 (edited)
    No. There's not enough evidence.
    These are man made clouds and don't deserve to be given a special name! Especially by the UN! Go to these youtubes and find out what some of these clouds are about.


  • Odinsown 2012/09/26 19:38:24
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Why is it up to the UN? Shouldn't, oh I don't know, scientists make that decision?
  • ThickAzABrick 2012/09/26 18:38:43
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Shouldn't this be announced by Science oe Weather people? Is this new cloud somehow political that the United Nations needs to be involved? Something isn't right about the very premise of that.
  • Robin 2012/09/26 18:01:55
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    i didnt even realize that these decisions were given to the UN. One world government.
  • smitty 2012/09/26 17:45:18 (edited)
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Did they shred everything like they did the info on global warming?

    I think they should call the cloud the smitty undulating figure eight horeshoe aeritias.

    Oh wait.. I always thought the WMO stood for the World's Moron Organization... wow I learn something every day.
  • Mog of War 2012/09/26 14:22:45
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Mog of War
    Also we should consider putting an academic agency in charge of this rather than a political one.
  • C. C. Rider 2012/09/26 13:11:49
    Yes! It's about time!
    C. C. Rider
    It will put an end to all the people who's heads are in the clouds looking for a name.
  • johnqpublic 2012/09/26 10:12:45
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    And WTF does the U.N. have to do with it? Oh, wait, Cloud wars! That's it yeah...............
  • smitty johnqpu... 2012/09/26 17:47:36
  • johnqpu... smitty 2012/09/27 04:16:38
    Good one.
  • jack_kazim 2012/09/26 09:39:05
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/09/26 09:11:43
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Christopher Kirchen
    I haven't heard of this.
  • Thomas G Towns 2012/09/26 06:33:50
    No. There's not enough evidence.
    Thomas G Towns
    This looks like the inside of your head. Gee the sky is falling the sky is falling. Your freaking out dude get a grip. robots
  • disclaimer 2012/09/26 05:37:34
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
  • Zepland 2012/09/26 04:41:23
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    How interesting! The United Nations have identified a "new cloud variety!" Really? I wonder if our friends at HAARP (high frequency active auroral research program) know anything about this new cloud variety.
    Ominous beauty.
  • Its Me, Joel 2012/09/26 02:28:26
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Its Me, Joel
    Do we REALLY have a new cloud...Or...Just better ability to share technology? Why does the "U.N." have the Power to name anything? I heard McDonalds wanted to buy land on the Moon. Is it the "U.N.'s" land to sell?...and finally Who had the right to SELL tv & Radio waves? They have always been there (kind of like who has the right to sell a never before used/issues web address) I think a lot of things are being sold that NO ONE SHOULD or ever did OWN!!!
  • Shantay Thompson 2012/09/26 01:47:23
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Shantay Thompson
    O.K. This is a phenomenon as results of a combination of Chem-trails and H.A.A.R.P. I have found proof of the experiments being done which is creating these "new clouds!"
  • fortycal_sig 2012/09/26 01:30:22
    No. There's not enough evidence.
    The United Nations? Shwa'?
  • Phantom 2012/09/26 01:19:02
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    I saw a cloud just yesterday, that looked exactly like a donkey banging an elephant. I think it's a sign.
  • NotTargetMaterial 2012/09/26 00:31:30
  • DISENFRANCHISED 2012/09/25 22:20:03
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    These have actually been around for over a decade.
    So, if the almighty UN doesn't make it "official", then they don't really exist? LOL!
    I think they should be called "Haarpus Chemtrailius" clouds.
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/09/25 20:07:55
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    I thought the UN dealt with peace-keeping, human rights and cooperative efforts; why should it be in charge of naming clouds? I realize that Mr. P-P is a Brit and therefore may care more about clouds than our election, but I don't think this is very important.

    P.S. The WMO should come into the 21st Century and update its atlas -- 45 years? Good grief! Why should it be in charge of naming anything when it can't keep up -- maybe it's missed LOTS of important meteorological events.
  • BlueMax372 2012/09/25 18:19:50
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    And we're treated yet again to yet another half-@$$ed SH "news" story! WHO is seeking the recognition? NEW cloud variety? I think not. WHAT steps have been taken to secure recognition and WHY?
  • OneLastWord 2012/09/25 17:27:30 (edited)
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    This is just what the U.N. is good for.

    Recognizing F-ing clouds, and trying to find their asses with both hands.

    GMAFB bozos.
  • politicalsoldier 2012/09/25 16:48:22
    No. There's not enough evidence.
    Maybe it's because I too live in the same basic area, but that doesn't look like anything new to me.
  • zionosphere 2012/09/25 16:04:17
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    nimbus dragonball cloud

    My personal favourite.
  • Hawk 2012/09/25 15:28:19
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    The UN should take down their tent and dissapear into a cloudy, misty, stinking swamp.
  • OneLast... Hawk 2012/09/25 17:30:24
    LOL, funny, and I agree.
  • Hawk OneLast... 2012/09/26 01:26:17
    Hey brother - 1 Canadian Airborne!!!
  • OneLast... Hawk 2012/09/26 16:42:01
    Supper !
    One thousand, two thousand,.......... !
  • Hawk OneLast... 2012/09/27 00:04:08
    Five thousand....check canopy!!!! lol
  • cesspool 2012/09/25 14:50:03
  • Kelsie 2012/09/25 14:30:07
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Really neat cloud.
  • De-Dee 2012/09/25 13:49:06
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    lol Cloud Appreciation Society...
  • LEFT IS NOT RIGHT 2012/09/25 12:32:54 (edited)
    No. There's not enough evidence.
    They're new clouds alright...created by HAARP waves, and chemtrails!

    haarp clouds
    haarp clouds
    haarp clouds
    haarp clouds
    haarp clouds and chemtrails
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