The Cloudspotter's Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney

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Now in paperback: the runaway British bestseller that has cloudspotters everywhere looking up.

Where do clouds come from? Why do they look the way they do? And why have they captured the imagination of timeless artists, Romantic poets, and every kid who's ever held a crayon? Veteran journalist and lifelong sky watcher Gavin Pretor-Pinney reveals everything there is to know about clouds, from history and science to art and pop culture. Cumulus, nimbostratus, and the dramatic and surfable Morning Glory cloud are just a few of the varieties explored in this smart, witty, and eclectic tour through the skies.

Illustrated with striking photographs (including a new section in full-color) and line drawings featuring everything from classical paintings to lava lamps, The Cloudspotter's Guide will have enthusiasts, weather watchers, and the just plain curious floating on cloud nine.


About Gavin Pretor-Pinney

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Gavin Pretor-Pinney is cofounder of The Idler magazine in England. He has been obsessed with clouds since childhood. Based in London, he is the founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society, which boasts more than 5,000 members worldwide.
Published June 5, 2007 by Perigee. 320 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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In the final chapter, Pretor-Pinney’s obsession with clouds leads him to travel from England to Australia for the chance to see a Morning Glory, a tremendously long cloud formation that cloudspotters consider the most spectacular in the world.

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ON Page 96 of "The Cloudspotter's Guide," Gavin Pretor-Pinney compares one of nature's miracles — the rarely seen variety of stratocumulus roll cloud known as the Morning Glory — to a well-traveled Southern California chantoozey romantically linked with both Sonny Bono and Gregg Allman.

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Rounding out the volume are a chapter on the human effects on clouds and a narrative about the author's pursuit of the ""Morning Glory,"" which he calls ""the most spectacular cloud in the world."" By mixing self-deprecating humor and hard science, Pretor-Pinney makes learning about clouds fun.

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