How did clouds get their names? - Richard Hamblyn
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Although Luke Howard's cloud names are now more than 200 years old, the naming of clouds is still going on today, with new names being added to the official classification. The latest is the newly identified cloud 'Asperitas', from the Latin for 'roughened'. The name was thought up by the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, an international organization devoted to the study and appreciation of clouds around the world.
Luke Howard's cloud classification also had a major impact on the arts, with painters such as John Constable looking up from the landscape to examine and paint clouds with renewed attention. Constable painted more than 100 cloud studies, which are now among his most popular works. This Brainpickings essay, based on Richard Hamblyn's book, The Invention of Clouds, tells the story of Luke Howard and his revolutionary language of the skies.
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