How did clouds get their names? – Richard Hamblyn – YouTube

I love TedTalks and thought this was an interesting one. I remember memorizing the names and characteristics of clouds but never thought about who named them, I guess I assumed it was someone much more ancient, Archimedes perhaps…

The video mentions John Constable, a British painter of the Romantic Era. He is known for his meticulous paintings of the English countryside which often had the meteorological conditions of the day written on the back of the canvas. Here are two of his paintings:

The_Opening_of_Waterloo_Bridge_seen_from_Whitehall_Stairs_John_Constable

The Opening of Waterloo Bridge seen from Whitehall Stairs, 18 June 1817

By John Constable, Public Domain

Constable_-_Seascape_Study_with_Rain_Cloud

Seascape Study with Rain Cloud(c.1824)

By John Constable, Public Domain

 

 

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2 thoughts on “How did clouds get their names? – Richard Hamblyn – YouTube

    1. MaryBeth, Thanks for commenting, and cloud9 would be the cumulonimbus because it rises the highest of them all, I never knew where the idiom came from before now, Love it.

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