The natural history and preternatural beauty of clouds.
By Richard Hamblyn
A fascinating study of the amateur meteorologist who, in the early 19th century, “forged the language of the skies.” Creating the classifications — cirrus, stratus, cumulus, nimbus — which are now familiar, Luke Howard captured the imagination of contemporary artists and scientists, as well as generations of their heirs.
By John A. Day
A spectacular portfolio of pictures from John Day — who has a PhD in cloud physics and is known around the world as “The Cloudman.” Introducing us to Earth’s great sky-scape, Day explains how and why clouds form and offers tips on observing, interpreting, and photographing them.
By Thomas Locker
A picture book mesmerizing in its imagery, Cloud Dance is a marvelous way to wander among the clouds with your favorite young readers. Adding some basic scientific information and a poetic text to his luminous paintings, Thomas Locker has created a lovely celebration of the sky’s floating inspirations.
By Louis D. Rubin, Sr. & Jim Duncan
This remarkable little book teaches how to forecast the weather from the evidence presented by the different kinds of clouds and their many combinations. The authors’ self-taught method is simple and accurate, and this useful guide provides more than 120 color photographs to help us identify and interpret the clouds we see.
By Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Starting from the ground up, Pretor-Pinney takes readers on an entertaining, ascending tour of clouds, from low-hanging cumulus to high-flying, puffy cirrostratus. Along the way, he shares an array of valuable, instructive, and diverting facts about clouds in history, mythology, pop culture, and the arts.