Asperatus clouds

A new cloud classification — the first new classification since 1951.

First seen in 2005/2006

Clouds look like the agitated surface of the ocean — called undulus asperatus, Latin for “rough” [wiki]

Discovered by Jane Wiggins of Des Moines, Iowa, who snapped a digital photo from a downtown office building in June 2006. [togalleries/new-cloud-pictures/images/primary/090603-01-new-cloud-pictures_big.jpg">pic]


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tos/tags/asperatus">Flickr search

UK Guardian's gallery

Large photos in gallery at io9

In the media

AP article">USA Today

togalleries/new-cloud-pictures/index.html">National Geographic, June 2009 (illustrated)

tories/2009/06/12/tech/main5083351.shtml">CBS news story includes criticism of new cloud category

First published on July 8th, 2009 at 2:57 pm