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Undulatus Asperatus – The ‘Holy Crap’ of Cloud Formations

I’m sitting here with the wife, and she gets my attention to show me this video:

Those undulus asperatus cloud formations are nearly unbelievable to the eye.  I rubbed mine three or four times while watching that video, there are several portions where I could have sworn it was a ‘shopped job.  But, nope!

METEOROLOGYNEWS.com — In the first new cloud type to be officially designated in over 50 years, members of the Cloud Appreciation Society are pushing for official recognition of the undulating, ominous-appearing clouds.

Turbulent motions between differing air masses create undulating clouds as seen over rural Kansas in the early morning hours of April 28, 2006. Meteorologists are proposing these clouds be designated as the first new cloud type to be named in over 50 years: Undulus Asperatus.
The Cloud Appreciation Society has designated the clouds as “Undulus Asperatus” or alternatively, “Undulatus Asperatus.”  The Latin term translates loosely as “turbulent undulation.”  Such clouds are relatively rare, but have been photographed in several areas around the world.

The ominous-looking clouds have been particularly common in the Plains states of the United States, often during the morning or midday hours following convective thunderstorm activity.  These clouds are not considered a precursor to severe weather, rather appear to form following rain or thunderstorm activity.

Jane Wiggins of Cedar Rapids, Iowa recently captured several spectacular images of the new cloud type as viewed from a downtown office building.  Several of her images have recently been published by National Geographic Magazine – an honor which Wiggins does not take lightly.

“It is a bit like looking at the surface of a choppy sea from below,” said Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, who first identified the asperatus cloud from photographs that were being sent in by members of the society.

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Well, what do you think of that?  I have to say that is some quite incredible visual magic!  Can you imagine that on the side of a convention center?

One more video, this one is freaking awesomesauce:

Too cool.

New Naked Visual Eye Candy!

No, no no, I don’t mean ME naked, you perverts.  Who wants to see that anyway?

I mean NAKED, the awesome visual studio and motion company out of Paris – they did the PussyCat Dolls a while ago, and they’ve just been doing some unbelievable work.  You kinda have to check out the NAKED Compagnie website!

Check this out, and check out their Vimeo feed.  Pretty great!

Awesome.

Thanks, Naked!

Apparati Effimeri and the Tetragram For Enlargement

Visual artists Apparati Effimeri just completed and showed a pixel mapping work called Tetragram for Enlargement all over the side of a castle-like building in Italy somewhere.  It’s not to say that the folk at Apparati Effimeri are clandestine or secretive, but I am having a hard time finding much detail about them and the project.

As far as I know, they’re from Bologna, they mapped out the surface of this castle building, and projected some beautiful work all over the side of it.  Check out this video:

APPARATI EFFIMERI Tetragram for Enlargment from Apparati Effimeri on Vimeo.

I want to know what the projector sources were!

Check out the project page for Tetragram for Enlargement – some great stills there, and thanks Create Digital Motion!