Clouds

I never wrote any articles about clouds in my blog until today I happened to read Dr. Ian Strangeways’s book of Precipitation: Theory, Measurement and Distribution and its chapter of Cloud formation.

I’ve read dozens of books on clouds & precipitation, but “it takes the last straw to break a camel’s back”. This book is the last straw :\ I finally make up my mind to write something.

Cloud microphysics is a new born child compare to the long-existing meteorology. It was not until new technologies booming in the last century that made high-resolution measurements inside real clouds and computer model simulations possible.

Although the first scientific cloud classification started from the era of Luke Howard (1802). The more sophisticated and complete classification was introduced by WMO in 1975 & 1987 in its International Cloud Atlas. As I was reading Strangeways’s book, I got to know that weather (a journal by RMS) spent a whole issue in 2003 to address the bicentenary of Luke Howard’s classification. The issue is free to public if you are interested http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wea.v58:2/issuetoc .

I wish I could say something more profound so that I could be regarded wiser. But whenever I looked at clouds, whenever I was reading any good academic/non-academic publications on clouds, I felt humble and always found myself innocent.

The world is so big. Clouds can be found anywhere in the sky. The weather and climate are uncertain, largely because of the present of clouds.

冬眠

夏令时终于在上周日结束了。这一天清晨“多”出来的一小时小小地弥补了一下我晚睡造成的晚起,却依然杯水车薪——因为我的生物钟似乎也自然地向后拖了一小时,于是我依然在周日的近中午才起床却依然觉得乏力。

今年已经下过两场霰两场雪了,昨日那次还打了大雷= =b (想到了汉乐府民歌《上邪》,如今真是丰富多彩的日常天气呵呵哒)。厄尔尼诺造成的今年提早到来的冬季似乎让我提前进入了冬眠期。自上周开始不断涌入的困意不断地满过我的思维之岛,现在似乎只剩下一点点时隐时现的陆地了,浑浑噩噩地错过了上周一的写作课,这周一定了三个闹铃才把我从沉睡的魔咒中唤醒。我拖着类似病态的身躯游离于我的房间,喂猫洗漱吃饭,在这之前妞妞已经跳上床上下踩踏我无数次。好不容易想起这周有课,可见完导师以后还是硬生生地给抛到脑后了,回头猛然一想还得交作业——我这几天的脑子是不是被pia飞到异度空间去了?!

在办公室里也是游离着,对着电脑写着综述,屏幕上的字迹渐渐模糊模糊,眼皮上盖了千斤顶,怎么也撑不起来。我明明每日都睡了那么久,却怎么也招不回我清醒的意识和勤快的身躯!!我渐渐感受到白雪皇后已经开始施展魔法,又到了我与寒冷枯燥萧索单调的加拿大冬季拉开战役的时候。人类的生理机能真是脆弱啊,给大气随便那么减个十几度,地球随便那么与太阳直射点偏离个几十度就把我给逼成了个单细胞藻类啊呵呵呵呵呵呵。

但相比与去年来看,我的倦怠程度似乎没有想象中那么严重,至少我每日都会有出门的想法,不会一直一直把自己关在家里。今年的目标就是冬季里不能再一直一直发呆了,人最难战胜的是自己的意志,最难超越的是过去的自己,不满足是向上的车轮,哪怕向上一点点也是好事。

为了抵抗冬季抑郁症,这个冬季的目标:

1 提高时间利用率,可以晚起但醒来的时候多做些有意义的事情。不要求严格按照时间表进行,但争取合理地安排每日的时间。

2 提高运动次数,多去游泳或者step。

3 既然冬季适合蜗居,那么就增加阅读量和写作量。

4 放松,做自己想做的事,拒绝自己不想做的事,真诚投入,无压工作学习与生活。

所以化成实际行动指南就是:大脑放空的时候就去睡觉,醒来以后做醒来以后的事情,拒绝三心二意,就算在冬眠时也要专心。