Daydreamer’s Science

“Clouds are thoughts without words.”

Mark Strand

Clouds are constantly changing. merging, rising. falling and spreading. The same shape is rarely kept for more than a few minutes.

Cloudy days may help of think more clearly. Perhaps the dancing clouds are inspiring our creative thoughts to merging and change, while the blue sky and sunshine lures us into taking risks and not thinking things through. You can read more about things that may influence our thoughts in Adam Alter’s book Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave.

In the short TED-Ed talk below, Richard Hamblyn takes about how the clouds got their names. He is the author of the book The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies.

Go here to read about a fascinating cloud called Undulatus Asperatus, or “roughened waves”.

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