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Clouds have names.
This type of cloud is called cumulus.
Have you ever looked up at the sky and been amazed by clouds?
We all have, of course.
Watching clouds is called cloudspotting.
Cloudspotting means to look for interesting clouds.
Clouds appear in beautiful colors and shapes.
This type of cloud is called mammatus.
Noctilucent clouds form ripples and appear at night.
Cloudspotters are people who love clouds.
By watching clouds you learn a lot about:
Cloudspotting is fun.
Anyone can do it for free anytime.
These clouds are called cirrus.
Taking photographs of clouds is easy.
You don’t need to travel to see them.
Clouds don’t disappear quickly.
You don’t have to focus your camera with precision.
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The Cloud Appreciation Society
The Cloud Appreciation Society is a group of cloudspotters from all over the world.
The Cloud Appreciation Society founder Gavin Pretor-Pinney says:
Enjoy watching clouds.
It is relaxing.
Everyone can have a fantastic view of them.
Life would be dull without them.
Clouds are for dreamers.
They are good for the soul.
This type of cloud is called floccus.
Lenticularis clouds get their name from the Latin word for a ‘lentil’.
You can become a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society too.
The Cloud Appreciation Society shows members' photos on its website.
As a member you can also suggest music inspired by clouds.
The Society might put it on the website.
And you can send them a poem you wrote about clouds.
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Members of the Cloud Appreciation Society can also:
Submit texts written about clouds they've spotted.
Ask for help in identifying the clouds.
Click here to see the society's photo gallery.
This cloud is called an arcus cloud.
The Cloud Appreciation Society’s members are from 120 countries.
First-time membership costs 29.50 British pounds for 1 year.
Each member gets:
a Cloud Selector
a daily cloud photo
Click here for information about a becoming a member.
Watch how to use the cloud selector.
The Cloud Selector is a pair of paper identification wheels.
When you turn the wheel, it points to a cloud type with some text about it.
You can learn about 20 types of clouds from the Cloud Selector.
Do you want to find out more?
Visit the Cloud Appreciation Society's website: www.cloudappreciationsociety.org
The Cloud Appreciation Society has a shop on it's website.
They sell all kinds of things to do with clouds.
There are books about clouds too.
Do you like looking at photos of clouds?
Follow the Cloud Appreciation Society:
Photos: Melissa Simpson via Cloud Appreciation Society on Instagram , Petra Boekhoff , Patricia Alexandre , Tobias Hämmer , Jiří Rotrekl
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