New cloud comes a step closer — From the UK Met Office

From the UK Met Office:

Asperitas

Newly discovered cloud Asperitas (Latin for roughness) has taken another step towards being officially recognized and named in the International Cloud Atlas.

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The cloud has been named Asperitas because it looks like rough or turbulent seas and has been put forward for inclusion in the Atlas by the UK Cloud Appreciation Society.

Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society said “It’s really exciting to see Asperitas that bit closer to becoming official. It’s great that the general public and amateur observations have influenced the atlas, it feels very democratic. The internet has resulted in increased connectivity, these days everyone has a camera at their fingertips, and this has resulted overwhelming evidence for this new type of cloud”.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is currently updating the International Cloud Atlas, first published in 1896, and has now presented details of the new cloud to the World Meteorological Congress.

The WMO are making the Atlas more user-friendly and accessible and expect to publish the new edition next year. It is also expected to include the new cloud species Volutus (Latin for rolled), as well as some new “special clouds” like Homogenitus (from the Latin homo meaning man, and genitus meaning generated or made).

Met Office Meteorologist and Royal Meteorological Society George Anderson is heavily involved in updating the Atlas and said “Science, technology and photography have moved on in the past 40 years, so there is a need to update the Cloud Atlas”.

Met Office Scientist, Graeme Anderson, completed a dissertation on Asperitas, for his Masters degree at the University of Reading. He said “The challenge with this particular cloud formation is its rarity. It is very difficult to get good measurement data from this type of cloud if you don’t know when or where it will appear, or how long it will last. It became clear to me that these cloud formations did not fit into the existing classifications. It’s good to see this update taking place to make the International Cloud Atlas fully comprehensive.”

A scanned version of both volumes of the Atlas is available on the WMO website.  You can use the Met Office cloud spotting guide to help you identify different types of clouds, this can be a fun activity to try with children.


I found this article only because of a Facebook posting a few days back, and I thought to myself: “I’ve seen this kind of cloud before and Yes, it is a new cloud!” But why are there suddenly several new clouds forms gaining new cloud “status” by being scientifically named and officially classified there by included in the “Official Cloud Atlas”?  Well, Geo-engineering is now wholly in the game and the meteorological establishment is almost entirely clueless that this aggressive global operation is underway.  For most of these scientists, TV presenters, university professors, commodities forecasters, NWS employees and the vast majority of climate researchers, this global game with our planet’s weather systems has been underway their ENTIRE career. They simply don’t know anything different. 1976 being the Zero Year, 39 years ago. I happen to be 10 years old at the time and was still contemplating why it didn’t start getting warmer right after the day that the Sun was the lowest in the sky (Winter Solstice) giving us our “shortest day?” Boy, did I have a lot to understand!

So I dug back through my time lapse video archive and found one, really it was just the first one I found, I’m sure there are others, but the searching is a bit tedious. Then I shared the YouTube file with the blog at the UK Met Office. I was sure that they would recognize the cloud type as that of the newly coined “Asperitas” and give me a pat on the back. (Well kinda..) But, I suppose I did kind of harshly call them out for NOT recognizing that it wasn’t manipulated cloud form.   The reply was short and politely curt directing me to their “her are the cloud types” so you dork, figure it out from there kind of vibe.

Here is a screen capture of the discussion.. It appears I am in good company!

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I knew the time lapse this cloud over the mountains just to the east of me were odd, that’s why I was time lapsing them!  After thirteen years of looking at the sky with this particular point of view, my discernment of what is and is not ‘weird” has matured.

So, today, I put on my detective hat to dig up archive data to PROVE that my time lapse is NOT of simple lenticular clouds.  Here is the classic definition of lenticular from Wikipedia (not the best source for off the beaten path information): Where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains, a series of large-scale standing waves may form on the downwind side. If the temperature at the crest of the wave drops to the dew point, moisture in the air may condense to form lenticular clouds. As the moist air moves back down into the trough of the wave, the cloud may evaporate back into vapor. Under certain conditions, long strings of lenticular clouds can form near the crest of each successive wave, creating a formation known as a “wave cloud.” 

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So what kind of cloud is this? I queried them hoping to have found an example of “aspirates” shot last summer in Alamosa Colorado that was NOT part of a “lenticular formation but over the open San Luis Valley terrain. Screen shot below, click on the image to watch the short clip…

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And.. This is the archive upper air data for the lenticular video I sent earlier, as you can see, Southern Colorado was not under nor near the core of any jet stream at the time… I wrote the UK Met Office. In the scorned frame you can see my location with the arrowed spot nearly center image.  Well beneath the hot summertime ridge of high pressure and not in an air stream capable of creating a lenticular cloud formation at mountain top.

Unisys Archive 2011-07-26 00Z ‎esrl.noaa.gov:raobs:intl:skewt:skewt.cgi?file=temp:DNR-72469-26-JUL-2011-12UTC&wmo=72469 2015-06-21 21-48-26

With radiosonde winds at DENVER 12Z 26 July 2011– at 15kts at 500mb at only 5kts at mountain top height, 4300m. — http://esrl.noaa.gov/raobs/intl/skewt/skewt.cgi?file=temp/DNR-72469-26-JUL-2011-12UTC&wmo=72469 — Area of interest circled denoting light to chaotic winds wholly insufficient to create a lenticular. AND a very dry atmosphere illustrated by the wide separation between the red temperature line and the blue dew point like on the skew-T chart above. So my advice to the guy in Met Office the world over: Sometimes what you believe you are seeing in the skies is not what you are looking at.

So my final communication with the Met Office was:

Someday soon you’ll realize that thermodynamics is but a reflection of the happenings the the realm of “Dark Energy” or as Wilhelm Reich coined, the Orgone Field. It is this field that the Geo-engineers are playing with and must be understood to grasp what is happening with all the “chemtrails” your millions of citizens see daily above your area of forecast responsibility. It’s time to get up to speed.

-Scott Stevens

22 June 2015

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