This amusing book from the chairman and founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society does exactly what it says on the cover - it’s a guide to that ever-changing skyscape above us. It explains which are the bringers of fine weather, and which of unsettled, and even which can be used to predict earthquakes. But it goes beyond these obvious mentions to consider the pressing questions of the cloudspotter’s world such as which variety of mackerel lent its name to the ‘mackerel sky’ of Cirrocumulus stratiformis undulatus.
Pretor-Pinney continues to inform with his explanations of clouds cultural influences, such as how Hindu’s believed that the cumulus variety were the spiritual cousins of elephants, and goes on to suggest how to save a fortune in psychiatric bills by using clouds as Rorschach images.
This book takes you for a wander while your head's in the clouds.
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