ArticleDES MOINES, Iowa – Looking out the 11th floor window of her law office, Jane Wiggins did a double take and grabbed her camera. The dark, undulating clouds hovering outside were unlike anything she'd seen before.
"It looked like Armageddon," said Wiggins, a paralegal and amateur photographer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "The shadows of the clouds, the lights and the darks, and the greenish-yellow backdrop. They seemed to change."
They dissipated within 15 minutes, but the photo Wiggins captured in June 2006 intrigued — and stumped — a group of dedicated weather watchers who now are pushing weather authorities to create a new cloud category, something that hasn't been done since 1951.
Breaking into the cloud family would require surviving layers of skeptical international review. Still, Gavin Pretor-Pinney and his England-based Cloud Appreciation Society are determined to establish a new variety. They've given Wiggins' photo and similar pictures taken in different parts of the world to experts in England, and are discussing the subject fervently online.
I want to be a member of the "Cloud Appreciation Society".
Jeff is a missing boss
28th July 2002
That's just smog
That picture looks like shit, and its fake.
No, actually this lady is an uneducated twit and she didn’t discover anything except for actually observing something other than her self-absorbed life, but one can only guess – these cloud formations are nothing special. I see them all the time living in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. They are most common in the eastern US especially across the plains and are common around the world. They are rare to observe, but known as mammatus clouds and are often observed following a thunderstorm or tornado system. :rolleyes: The fact that a so-called expert (?) cloud, weather, whatever society is suppose to catalog this as something special just further justifies my notion that I am consistently surrounded by idiots higher up the food chain that make decisions for the rest of us.
It looks like it was done in 3d Max....
yes thats what I am saying, this women is dilusional.....
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
I'm suprised that KillerKyle hasn't replied to this thread yet. =p
I want a membership to toe cloud appreciation society.
Admiral Donutz, can you hook it up?
Feel me. Do I feel pretty?
15th September 2004
Admiral Donutz;4916710I'm suprised that KillerKyle hasn't replied to this thread yet. =p
Just saw this thread.
I think I have seen that cloud type before. I'll look in my cloud pics.
I call it "awesome-looking stratus."
Speaking of memberships, I need to re-apply to the American Meteorological Society.
It dont matter, thats a fake picture....