Yes, there is a sophisticated study-name for something we wouldn't think of. Cloud studies. That's a thing? Apparently. When I was in college and had to take a science glass (the second worst thing for an English major to have to do. The first thing is math.) I chose the most elementary meterology class for the credit. The most fun I got out of it (if fun there was) was the names of clouds, and what sort of weather they indicate. I couldn't tell you much about that these days, but the names follow me. It isn't prophecy, but it's the shape of things. And it's always a lot of fun to discover a wealth of synonyms and alternative names for clouds instead of, well, clouds.
|Cirrus clouds are clouds formed at 6000m in the atmosphere from tiny ice particals. I always think of them as the brush strokes of God, but I could be overly sentimental.|
|In this picture are contrails (yes, the exhaust trails left behind by airplanes are considered clouds), a little cirrus, and what appears to be (from my layman's eye) a smudge of middle-level clouds called altostratus.|
These are just a few of the many different species of clouds. I find them thought-provoking and perhaps a little prophetic when I am out and about during the day. It takes one silly writer out of herself, to look up and see something brewing up above. There is never a dull moment in this sky.