Sunday, September 23, 2012


There are times when I wish I didn’t write science fiction. It makes this kind of thing far too ominous.

“The 'agitated wave' or 'undulatus asperatus' which looks like a rumpled blanket covering all or part of the sky. (Such as this photo above taken over Schiehallion, in Scotland by Ken Prior.) Cloud-spotters want to add it to the official list of cloud species. But it turns out its not at all easy to have a new variety of cloud officially recognized. So how come this type of cloud has only been spotted in the last few years? Is it a really new formation never seen before? Or did generations of meteorologists simply fail to notice it?”


JoHnny de-Lux ~ said...

wot you lack in science theory, you make up with fiction DoC..get an understanding of 'chaos'..unlike relativity and quantum mechanics, chaos is a science of everyday things - of art, and economics, of biological rhythms & traffic jams, of waterfalls weather..random possibilities m8..did ya go to skool..??

Anonymous said...

"Agitated wave? "
"... so how come this type of cloud has only been spotted in the last few years?"


Graeme K Talboys said...

Looks very much like a Van Gogh painting to me.

Shaqui said...

I've seen clouds very similar to this over Gatwick and the North Downs, usually prior to a storm. I can only think heat from the ground causes a 'level' (sometimes seen in flat-bottomed clouds) which is then 'disturbed by winds through or over the Downs themselves. I think the effect in this photo is accentuated by the sun shining through thinner layers, but I've know the cloud element for some years. Hardly new.