A guide to the sky

Children, poets, and dreamers all know the immeasurable pleasure of gazing up at a sky dotted with fluffy clouds. They can be white, fanciful puffs, sunset-soaked pink billows, or threatening gray, destructive masses, and a dozen permutations beyond. In 2004 Gavin Pretor-Pinney, a cloud lover since childhood who was tired of the way clouds were so often used as metaphors for doom, founded the Cloud Appreciation Society. His book The Cloudspotter’s Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds is an informative and fun guide to one of nature’s special effects.

The book chattily explains each of the 10 classifications of clouds and has dozens of glossy photographs and illustrations featuring classical and pop-cultural references (lava lamps!). And it uses easy-to-digest, witty language that imparts facts that even the science-challenged will appreciate.

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BUY The Cloudspotter’s Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds (Perigee Trade; 320 pages; paperback)

VISIT The Cloud Appreciation Society

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A guide to the sky