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Head in the clouds? Take part in a cloud naming tweet-in today

Posted at 8:00 am, March 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Outdoor London
© Olaf Breuning Clouds

Here in London we’ve grown pretty accustomed to clouds. They linger in the sky all year round, a collage of greys and whites preventing us from truly soaking up the sun. However, when gazing up into the sky how many of us are actually aware of the names for the fluffy things? Thanks to Natasha Vicars of Post Artists, soon we’ll be able to test exactly how well we know the clouds above us, with a new cloud identification tweet-in today (March 21).

In honour of the 150th anniversary of the death of cloud classification pioneer Luke Howard, Londoners will be invited to tweet in photos of clouds for a panel of experts to identify for them. Made up of members of the Cloud Appreciation Society and the Royal Meteorological Society, the panel will respond to to tweets sent to @postartists using the hashtag #cloudid this afternoon between 12noon-2pm.

Luke Howard was an English pharmacist and cloud-spotter who first brought forward the idea of assigning latin names for clouds in 1802. Coining the names Cumulus, Cirrus and Stratus to describe the various clouds he saw, Howard’s terms are still used to this day as the foundation of cloud classification.

Alongside the tweet-in Vicars is also set to showcase an art project based on the cloud classifier at new art festival for Tottenham, Canalology, previewing at a V&A late on March 28 and opening fully on May 3.

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