The romance of the clouds

Gavin Pretor-Pinney’s The Cloud-spotter’s Guide seems an interesting read.From the review by AOrstan , which itself is a wonderful read, one gets the information that the taxonomy of the clouds follows a Linnean system similar to that followed for plants and animals. Clouds conforming to  the definition of one species can easily change into other species just like animals. An interesting “explanation” of lightning that it happens when two clouds collide is Aristotelian wisdom ,it appears ! This was what we thought when were children !

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