The Book of Clouds

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Sterling Publishing Company, 2003 - 205 pages
See the sky as you never have before. Using a series of his awe-inspiring images, photographer and scientist John Day--who has a Ph.D. in cloud physics and is known round the world as "The Cloudman"--introduces us to earth's great skyscape. His spectacular portfolio of pictures captures a variety of cloud forms and shapes, ranging from cottony-soft cumulus clouds to frightening, whirling funnels, as well as a number of optical effects seen in the heavens above. Rainbows, halos, coronas, flashes: all these and more elements in nature's magic show appear on the page, including the incredible "Parhelia" or sun pillar, shafts of bright light that stretch from the ground right up into the sky. A magnificent cloud chart; an explanation of how clouds form; hints on forecasting, observing, and photographing clouds; and his "Ten Reasons to Look Up" show us how to use our "inner eye" to really see the familiar fleeting forms that seem to float effortlessly above.

 

Contents

Introduction
8
Cloud Chart
10
How Clouds Form
12
Cloud Portfolio
20
The Cumulus Family
22
Swelling Cumulus
28
Cumulus Congestus
34
The Stratus Family
40
Glory
130
Green Flash
132
SunriseSunset
134
Unusual Clouds
138
Lenticular
142
Cap Cloud
146
Noctilucent
150
Nacreous
152

Advection Fog
46
Low Stratus
48
Altostratus
52
Cirrostratus
56
Mixture of Cumulus and Stratus
60
Altostratocumulus
68
Altocumulus
72
Cirrocumulus
80
Precipitating Clouds
82
Nimbostratus
92
Cirrus
94
Optical Effects
100
Halo
106
Sun Dog
110
Sun Pillar
112
Irisation
116
Corona
120
Crepuscular Rays
124
Anticrepuscular Rays
126
Aurora Borealis
128
Pileus
154
Hole in Cloud
156
Sea Smoke
158
Contrails
160
Silver Lining
164
Funnel
166
Mammatus
168
Virga
170
KelvinHelmholtz
172
Interesting Shapes
174
The Man Who Named the Clouds
176
Storm Clouds
182
Forecasting Weather
191
Observing Clouds
196
Glossary
198
Index
202
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