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

SodaHead 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.

Undulatus Asperatus

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  • RobJohn 2012/09/24 02:22:36
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    RobJohn
    +9
    Where does the UN get this authority to make anything official?

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  • SA Chris- ... 2012/09/24 17:32:59
    SA
    +3
     award
    For stupid posts .......
  • Chris- ... SA 2012/09/24 17:40:52
    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    +1
    LOL...
  • Caedus01 Sith Lord of the P... 2012/09/24 17:16:59
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Caedus01 Sith Lord of the PHAET
    +5
    Naming Clouds??? who are they the UN or the OLYMPIANS on Mount Olympus???
  • Melizmatic 2012/09/24 17:12:00
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Melizmatic
    +4
    Clouds.

    You people (SH's paid muckrakers) are now making mountains out of molehills... about CLOUDS.


    clouds people shs paid muckrakers mountains molehills clouds
  • Chris- ... Melizmatic 2012/09/24 17:17:42
    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    +3
    The UN vs. the Cloud Appreciation Society? LOL!!!
  • Melizmatic Chris- ... 2012/09/24 17:19:22
  • Chris- ... Melizmatic 2012/09/24 17:23:04
    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    +3
    The battle lines have been drawn!
    rolling eyes gif
  • Melizmatic Chris- ... 2012/09/24 17:25:30 (edited)
  • Chris- ... Melizmatic 2012/09/24 17:26:15
    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    +2
    lol...exactly.
  • Caedus0... Chris- ... 2012/09/24 17:24:20
  • Chris- ... Caedus0... 2012/09/24 17:27:08
    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    +3
    lol...This poll is my laugh for the day.
  • Goldneye 2012/09/24 17:05:02
    No. There's not enough evidence.
    Goldneye
    +1
    Please leave the UN out of this (and most other things)
  • whowasphone 2012/09/24 16:54:46
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    whowasphone
    +2
    cool beans!
  • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/09/24 16:54:11
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    +2
    The UN can kiss my ass.
  • yabbadabbadoo 2012/09/24 16:52:49
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    yabbadabbadoo
    +2
    the ones created by chemtrails ?
  • dispatcher 2012/09/24 16:51:04
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    dispatcher
    +2
    The UN is filled with a bunch of NO GOOD SOCIALIST / COMMUNIST AMERICAN HATERS. WHY IN THE HELL SHOULD WE LISTEN TO ANYTHING THEY SAY. AMERICA should LEAVE the UN & STOP FUNDING THIS POLITICALLY PURSUED BUNCH OF MORONS.
  • yabbada... dispatcher 2012/09/24 16:54:53
    yabbadabbadoo
    +1
    IRS = IMF = UN
  • seadog6608PWCM 2012/09/24 16:42:00
  • YeahISaidIt 2012/09/24 16:32:31
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    YeahISaidIt
    +1
    It's sooo pretty O_O
  • Jay Theyme 2012/09/24 16:19:54
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Jay Theyme
    +2
    The UN must first decide how they can create some 'cloud footprint tax' scheme.
    Then base this on some narrative that warns us about capitalis.. I mean global warmin.. I mean 'cloud change'.
    This is just more evidence of 'weather changing' and the clouds being victims of that.
    and,
    somehow make it clear that none of these clouds should be misconstrued as recognition of the legitimacy of the State of Israel.
    And then 9.3 million dollars later the UN can recognize the cloud and proceed to debate which country claims ownership of the clouds.

    But those are some awesome photos. We get some really unique clouds (in a sense similar to the photo) but more puffy where I live and I'm told due to the Rocky Mountains and unique weather systems.
    Of course... no, I never have a camera handy (or think of it) when you do get those rare 'Wowwwww' mind-blowing moments.
    Good on this guy for snapping some great pics at just the right time!
  • schjaz 2012/09/24 16:18:35
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    schjaz
    +3
    It is what it is.
  • FordCrews 2012/09/24 16:05:36
    No. There's not enough evidence.
    FordCrews
    +2
    Judging by their track record, I'd say if the socialists at the UN want it, it must be wrong.
  • reousterat 2012/09/24 15:33:41
    Yes! It's about time!
    reousterat
    +2
    Gavin Pretor-Pinney's book about clouds was a very good read. It made me look at clouds in a whole new way. If there is enough evidence, then I say name a new cloud!
  • Space Invader 2012/09/24 14:46:04
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Space Invader
    +2
    the UN? all this is is a sign of the unrest on the planet....more storms; more earthquakes volcanic eruptions; more conflicts..the time is drawing to a close for the old ways
  • Papillon 2012/09/24 14:25:56
  • ☆Hitler was a community org... 2012/09/24 14:22:57
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    ☆Hitler was a community organiz☆
    +2
    who gives a sh8t what the UN does...except get the hell out of the United States
  • All American 2012/09/24 14:06:55
    Yes! It's about time!
    All American
    +4
    Yes! Once they make it official, my life will be complete.
  • Rocky Raccoon 2012/09/24 13:57:07
  • Flamingolady 2012/09/24 13:34:15
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Flamingolady
    +2
    Holy crap. First it was water, then the air went putrid, then the bees started dying, and just yesterday the trees around my house were FILLED with black birds screeching, (seriously at least 1,000), and then THIS??? And the video below is like an hour and a half to watch? Do I even have that much time before the chemtrails kill me?
  • Waiting in the Wings 2012/09/24 13:28:43
    Yes! It's about time!
    Waiting in the Wings
    +2
    The UN World Meteorological Organization isn't the be all, end all authority in all meteorological events, but having them say it is a new cloud would validate it with other meteorological organizations.
  • sean 2012/09/24 13:26:59
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    sean
    +2
    its called CHEMTRAILS and HAARP..JUST LOOK AT THEM..DO THEY SEEM LIKE NATURAL CLOUDS TOO YOU !!!!! full of ARSENIC..and other CHEMICALS..BREATH DEEP SHEEPLE ..TAKE ALL THE POISON IN !
  • democoach 2012/09/24 11:41:50
    Yes! It's about time!
    democoach
    +5
    yes there is a new type of cloud its also called a geongineered cloud! or chemtrails, people you ca deny it all you want, but guinness world records have two entire pages on it! people who say these clouds are normal, are people who either are very young and do not know better? or they never learned clouds and or looked up in the sky when they where young!

    there are new clouds, and where i live its everyday, where there is a constant layer which isn't normal clouds nor is it smog. but rather chemtrails!

    these chemtraisl stay rigth whre they are sprayed, unlike normal clouds that move from west to east, or from any dirrection they are supposed to move!
  • Joe61 2012/09/24 10:20:06
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Joe61
    +4
    If the those clouds are new formulations.....They look very ominous to me and changes in cloud patterns tend to bring changes in weather patterns.
  • Shadow_Wolf 2012/09/24 10:09:55
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    Shadow_Wolf
    If there is add it ashhoes
  • El Prez 2012/09/24 09:35:49
    Wait, what? There's a new type of cloud?!
    El Prez
    +1
    And this is a big issue?
  • democoach El Prez 2012/09/24 11:45:35
    democoach
    +2
    yes its a big issue, because it is very very toxic! its killing trees i mean chemtrails contains sodium, and barium for one, as well as some form aluminum that is very bad for us!

    thats why its an issue, not to mention fooling aroudn with the weather causes hurricanes, tornado's and bad weather conditions. i realise all those occure naturally, but abnormal weather has been through the roof the past three four years. where it snowed in texas in mid summer, or now (from what ive heard) 70% of america is in a droubt while the other is just getting drenched, like seriously?
  • Wahvlvke democoach 2012/09/24 13:19:19
    Wahvlvke
    +2
    Well .. lets all run in circles and scream and shout. Think 1930s dust bowl. Think late 1700s when winter lasted for severaal years. Get over it, son.
  • democoach Wahvlvke 2012/09/24 21:29:10
    democoach
    yeah a dust bowl over the entire continent!

    chemtrails are real, you can blabber what ever you want! and ignore evidence, it snot my fault your to dumb to understand facts! when they come straight out and ay they do it, when its in books such as guiness, and when you look up there is clouds that don't even look like clouds, and you still don't believe?
  • Wahvlvke democoach 2012/09/24 22:27:40 (edited)
    Wahvlvke
    May I suggest hiding under a bed and covering your head with a blanket. A little crying and sobbing might help too.
  • democoach Wahvlvke 2012/09/26 15:38:59
    democoach
    are you stupid?
    geoenginners are real people!

    call me what you will, won;t change the fact their are geoengineers they aren't mythical creatures! guiness world records 07-to 010 i don't remember which, has a page dedicated to geoengineered clouds. but hey, im the idiot here? do research before you call people paranoid! especially when your the one who is WROng!

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