Friday, June 12, 2009

Breaking News

Scientists cloudy over new classification



Not since Pluto was demoted to a space rock has something so controversial shaken up the scientists.

According to sources deep within the esteemed cloud categorization community, this picture, taken by a Cedar Rapids, Iowa office worker, shows what may become the first new cloud type to be recognized by scientists since 1951.

AM - Cedar Rapids, Iowa under dangerously undefined cloud formation

"This is big stuff!" claims Gavin Pretor-Pinney, lead geek at England's Cloud Appreciation Society. "Until now, we've been dealing with 3 types of clouds: cumulus, cirrus and stratus. Can you imagine what would happen if we added a fourth cloud type? It would turn the cloud sciences on its head."

Pretor-Pinney, who is an expert on cloud types, spends his days helping people identify what kinds of clouds are in the sky. "Most people think it's as easy as simply looking up and saying, 'oh, that's a cumulus cloud,' but that's not how it is at all. People confuse stratus and cirrus all the time but I've been trained to tell the difference."

In the meantime, the debate over whether to add a new cloud classification continues, and naming suggestions are pouring in. Pretor-Pinney says that "...tens of people have written in with such noteworthy suggestions as, 'darknscarylus, cunnilingus and getcirrus,' which are all very good. But I think the front runner right now is an entry submitted by a St. Cloud blogger called simply, 'ominous.' It really says it all."

11 comments:

Mom Thumb said...

Mr. Pretor-Pinney should come to Oklahoma. His head would explode.

Mrs. R said...

I serioulsy thought you were making this up until I saw it on Yahoo. I like your name for them best.

JD at I Do Things said...

What the . . . I thought this was a joke, too! That picture looks totally Photoshopped! Did anyone investigate? I'd be more convinced if this so-called office worker had taken a video.

Cloud Appreciation Society???

Jeff said...

mom thumb - LOL... I'd like to see that!

mrs r - Well, I did make up this fake article, but you're right... the actual story from Yahoo is true. Weird huh?

jd - I know. And according to the "real" story, those so-called cloud formations disappeared shortly after taking that picture. Well now... isn't that convenient!

Sue said...

"Turning the cloud sciences on its head."
Sounds like big trouble to me. I'm going to start building my underground bunker now.

Windyridge said...

Aw heck we get those up at the lake all the time

rick said...

Three types of clouds? What about Nimbus clouds?

Mom Thumb said...

Cumulonimbus is a sub-category of cumulus. They form from cumulus and turn into 'thunderheads' which can then turn into supercells and possibly cause severe weather or tornadoes. I know this because a) I live with a pilot and b) I live in tornado alley.

Heather said...

I bet you'll get some interesting hits on your blog for that Colonel Angus word. I bet those are happy clouds though.

Maureen said...

Ahahahaha! You know, when I read this, I thought about you... especially after VE's spoof. Couldn't have been better timed.

Jeff said...

sue - Good idea... it sounds like Armageddon to me!

windyridge - Yeah, but what do you call them? Eh?

rick - See Linda's (Mom Thumb) response below.

mom thumb - and C... you're a big show-off smarty pants. ;-)

heather - Hey, I'll take my traffic anyway I can get it.

maureen - Yes, his "Review of the Clouds" was dead on. Everyone should check this out.