New cloud type may have been identified by meteorologists

Most people looking at the clouds probably try to guess if it will rain or, perhaps, identify figures formed by them in the sky. However, there is a whole classification for these sets based on their constitution, height, development and appearance. There is even an atlas - the International Cloud Atlas - which was published in 1896 where they are divided into 10 genera, 26 species and 31 varieties!

By the way, since 1951 no new cloud types have been included in the book, but, according to Discovery News, that story may change soon. According to the publication, experts and enthusiasts have proposed to the World Meteorological Organization - a UN specialized agency - that an unprecedented variety be added in the next edition of the atlas.

This is what meteorologists have named Undulatus asperatus - it will say it doesn't look like the name of a Harry Potter spell! - which in Latin means "choppy waves". The beautiful video you can see below, captured in July by Alex Schueth, shows one of these formations about the city of Lincoln in Nebraska. Check out:

According to The Verge, who is campaigning for the new cloud type to be inserted into the atlas is Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of an international group of over 36, 000 members called Cloud Appreciation Group . The initiative came after Gavin received a few clicks from Iowa a few years ago showing somewhat different formations from the more turbulent and chaotic ones.

Gavin continued to receive more images showing similar clouds, which led him to wonder if this was a new kind of formation. The recommendation for Undulatus asperatus to be included in the International Cloud Atlas was submitted late last year, and one of the panel's revising panel said there was a good chance that the inclusion would actually occur, although the name could be changed. .