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   xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jun 15 01:02 AM

June 15, 2009: Asperatus

I'm sure you know that different types of clouds have official names like cumulus, stratus, cirrus, and nimbus.
I think we discussed the mammatus clouds, that look like mammaries, here before.

Whipped into fantastical shapes, these clouds hang over the darkening landscape like the harbingers of a mighty storm.
But despite their stunning and frequent appearances, the formations have yet to be officially recognised with a name.
They have been seen all over Britain in different forms - from Snowdonia to the Scottish Highlands - and in other parts
of the world such as New Zealand, but usually break up without producing a storm. And some experts believe the stormy
weather phenomenon deserves its very own classification. Experts at the Royal Meteorological Society are now attempting
to make it official by naming it 'Asperatus' after the Latin word for 'rough'.

I think is an excellent idea... have as many different types of clouds defined and named as possible.
That way Scholars, Scientists, Meteorologists and Weather(wo)men, can communicate sightings and their consequences.

I say old chap, did you see the Asperatus formations last evening?
Yo dude, didja see them fuckin' clouds lasnite?


Skunks  Monday Jun 15 01:47 AM

I only have one problem with that name.

capnhowdy  Monday Jun 15 09:20 AM

We'd freak out if we saw clouds like that in my neighborhood. For clouds that rarely produce storms, they sure look scary as hell.

lumberjim  Monday Jun 15 09:34 AM

makes me want to lie down on my back and look up at em.

Trilby  Monday Jun 15 09:35 AM

I thought this was about asparagus, too.

that first cloud looks like god is frowning down on that village, getting ready to smite it and smite it good.

sweetwater  Monday Jun 15 11:13 AM

Asperatus sounds like a star machine or a bronchitis medicine. Snowdonia sounds more impressive, and we can pretend it means "clouds forming stalactites way up there".

Undertoad  Monday Jun 15 11:23 AM

Asperatus... wasn't he that user from PD who tried to troll us?

classicman  Monday Jun 15 12:17 PM

no UT - that was Asparagus

Shawnee123  Monday Jun 15 01:04 PM

Don't be castin' asparagus, I mean aspersions, at Asperatus.

spudcon  Monday Jun 15 02:40 PM

LJ, You captured my view of clouds perfectly.

Gravdigr  Monday Jun 15 03:21 PM

Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
Don't be castin' asparagus, I mean aspersions, at Asperatus.
I cast asparagus just as far away as I can...

Stormieweather  Monday Jun 15 03:28 PM

Yum Asparagus! Love those clouds too, but without the Asparagus superimposed on them. Those can go on my plate.

Shawnee123  Monday Jun 15 03:57 PM

Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
I cast asparagus just as far away as I can...

And brussels sprouts, and cauli-whatsit, and broccoli, and cabbage, and and and...

capnhowdy  Monday Jun 15 04:42 PM

The funnel cloud thingie right behind the boob looks like a wicked pig snout.

nil_orally  Monday Jun 15 06:31 PM

Originally Posted by lumberjim View Post
makes me want to lie down on my back and look up at em.
I read the words, but heard my girlfriend's voice.

DanaC  Monday Jun 15 06:32 PM

I read the words and heard Jim's voice. Woof!

monster  Monday Jun 15 09:24 PM

I read the words and heard artificial sweetner, not good for kids.....

Shawnee123  Monday Jun 15 09:34 PM

Would you rather have a lament?

SPUCK  Tuesday Jun 16 05:53 AM

Don't big black nasty things come rearing up out of the pavement when you see those clouds?

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