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.