For first time in 30 years, scientists, meteorologists, sky watchers and cloud lovers have names for 12 'new' cloud formations. International Cloud Atlas has recognized 'new' types of cloud for first time since 1987. atlas has been referencing cloud formations since 1896. It is considered to be standard and most authoritative reference tool on clouds. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) now publishes it and has final say on whether or not to include new clouds and cloud features. The WMO said you don't need to be expert to find new cloud. spokesman said anyone can take photo and send it to the WMO, and that could be recognized one day as new cloud.
new addition creating biggest buzz online is named asperitas, meaning 'rough-like' in Latin. It looks like tossing of waves at sea when viewed from below. Another is volutus. This low, horizontal, tube-shaped cloud mass that looks like it is rolling. The WMO said attention the new clouds are receiving could increase people's interest in environment. It said: "The value of atlas is that it draws our attention to sky and by learning the name of formations…we pay attention to and value what we see around us." It added: "By giving language to the forms of our atmosphere, we are helping people to value our atmosphere and to pay attention to our impact on it."