Is This an Official New Cloud?

Advocates of 'undulatus asperatus' sure hope so
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2012 12:11 PM CDT
Jane Wiggins took this photo in 2006 from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It shows what may become a new cloud variety.   (AP Photo/Jane Wiggins)

(Newser) – Cloud gazers, make room for "undulatus asperatus." That translates into "agitated waves," and advocates are pushing for it to be formally recognized as a new cloud variety, reports USA Today. The movement has been gaining steam since a 2006 photo from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, went viral. But whether it joins the ranks of cumulus, stratus, and other well-known classifications is all up to the World Meteorological Organization. We'll hope that cloud watchers are the patient type, however, because the decision may be a "few years away," notes the newspaper. (Read more undulatus asperatus stories.)

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