Burnie man’s cloud dreams come true

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Carol Rääbus

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March 23, 2017 12:21:26

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Gary McArthur has a passion for all things skyward.
The world's newest cloud is from Burnie

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(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.”

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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.”
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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.”
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