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Just occasionally there is a programme on TV which makes me feel the licence is worth the money.

As an early member of the Cloud Appreciation Society, (No. 2428), I was thrilled to see that Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Society and author of various books about clouds, was presenting a programme on BBC4, called Cloudspotting.  I had to watch it, naturally, and Charles and I enjoyed 90 minutes of really interesting, absorbing and quite amusing TV.

As I sit here, I have in front of me, pinned to the cork-board, the Cloud Appreciation Society's 2009 Calendar with a different picture for each month, a bit like the Pirelli calandar but more interesting;  the May cloud is something I've never seen in real life, the Orographic Stratus.

It was so nice to see a programme about something I'm really interested in which isn't about cooking, and it was specially interesting to find out that of the thousands of Society members all over the world who send in pictures, several have sent him pictures of an extremely unusual cloud formation of an unidentifiable type, which he is endeavouring to have described as a new cloud in the next edition of the Meteorologists' cloud guide.  I can't remember exacly what it's called.  He visited a panel of meteorologists at the Royal Meteorological Society and they agreed that they think it's something different and are going to put their weight behind an application to the World Meteorological Society.  It's so exciting!

Over the last few years I've taken hundreds of cloud photographs, and I have occasionally been tempted to send one or another to the Society, but the photographs from other members are so wonderful that I always decide that mine aren't unusual or dramatic enough.  I did take one which was used on the cover of the last anthology our sadly-dissolved writing group produced.

If anyone's interested, the Cloud Appreciation Society can be found at

This is a site I visit so regularly that it's on my bookmarks' toolbar and I love it.  There's an awful lot of interesting stuff on there and every month there is more.

He hasn't got round to putting the new May Cloud of the Month up yet.  He's probably been too busy!

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Date: 2009-05-04 09:29 am (UTC)
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I have a whole bookmarks folder just for weather-related links :-)

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Date: 2009-05-04 10:17 am (UTC)
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Goodness! I am impressed!

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Date: 2009-05-04 10:25 am (UTC)
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Heh. I even have the Met Office firefox "weather widget" set up on this machine.

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Date: 2009-05-04 10:35 am (UTC)
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So have I. The weather is so variable around here. Because we are so close to the coast, the weather is often very different from what's happening just a few miles away, so if we want to go to Kielder or the seaside or something, I like to be able to find out what the weather is likely to be like.

We get some wonderful clouds up near the Wall, or on the coast.

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Date: 2009-05-04 10:20 am (UTC)
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I love clouds,too!
Will have a look at the site later


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