Another sample Resource: The Cloud Atlas


Index page to the Cloud Atlas.

This is the index page to the Cloud Atlas. From this part of the course you can find out all you ever wanted to know about clouds and a whole lot more. We stress, however, that you do not need to know all the fine details about cloud genealogy to have a practical working knowledge of the sky. The program teaches what you need to know, but you can also look up the other details here if you like.

On the right is a classic example of what might be called "stratus nebulosis opacus" (stratus = in layers; nebulois = nebulous veil, no features; opacus = thick enough to obscure the sun). There is no problem, however, in referring to this as thick fog. ............


Sample page from the middle clouds.

This is a sample page from the middle height clouds. Besides pictures, there are two separate text sections for each cloud type. One describes its role and identification for cloud coding purposes, the other is for more general interpretation and application and how to distinguish it from similar patterns, etc.

Caution: Cloud pictures in the program are sharp and clear using 256 colors or more, at any resolution. We do not know, however, how these sample pictures will appear in all cases over the internet. Do not be discouraged if they do not look good here. They do in the actual software.


Section from the Quick Clouds window.

This viewer is not of the Cloud Atlas, but a separate window which just shows all the cloud pictures, organized by height and type. There are also a few special pictures associated with rules of thumb and various aphorisms. We leave it as an exercise for the reader to guess what Rule No.1 is.