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March 23, 2017 12:21:26
Gary McArthur has a passion for all things skyward.
The world's newest cloud is from Burnie
Did you know meteorologists still hand draw weather maps?
(Supplied: Gary McArthur) The other entrants were just as good as far as I’m concerned.”I think they picked mine because it had no enhancement. Some of the other photos had a bit too much enhancement and looked a bit too unreal.”
Gary McArthur photographs transient clouds from a plane. Mr McArthur said he was “chuffed” to have his photograph picked as the best example of the asperitas cloud.”I was just lucky.
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For the cloud now known as asperitas, the editor’s pick was one taken by Mr McArthur at Burnie in northern Tasmania.”I was on my way to work and I thought, ‘well that’s most unusual’,” he told Helen Shield on ABC Radio Hobart.”Luckily I had my really good camera with me at the time and took heaps of photos; I remember on the day people were just stopped on the street, it was so fantastic.”
Clouds in the sky over Burnie filmed by Gary McArthur
Mr McArthur said he was fascinated with the weather growing up and had always wanted to become a meteorologist but never had the opportunity.Instead he turned his gaze downward and became a geologist, working in and around the mining industry.But his interest in clouds and the weather continued alongside his geology career.”Living in Tasmania, we’ve always got clouds. Photo:
Gary McArthur’s photo of asperitas cloud over Burnie has been chosen as the best example of the cloud. It’s a cloud spotter’s delight.”I lived in western Queensland for many years … Gary McArthur’s head has always been in the clouds.Now his passion for all things skyward has been recognised by the World Meteorological Organisation.To mark World Meteorological Day, a new edition of the International Cloud Atlas has been launched; it is the definitive guide to clouds used by meteorologists and cloud enthusiasts around the globe.This edition has 11 newly classified clouds in it, each with a photo deemed to be the best example of that type of cloud to help people identify them. it was just deadly boring up there; six months and you didn’t see a cloud.”There’s nothing worse than a boring, cloudless sky.”
Victory for Cloud Appreciation Society as asperitas formally classified