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