September 16, 2022, is Cloud Appreciation Day. The international online event is organized by the Cloud Appreciation Society, which has more than 59,000 members in 120 countries. The group launched its new Memory Cloud Atlas website at one minute after midnight on Friday, September 16. It’s a place where anyone around the world can upload an image of their sky on Cloud Appreciation Day, locate themselves on a map and share what they feel about the sky and the clouds.
Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, said:
The Memory Cloud Atlas will serve as a worldwide snapshot of our views of the sky on Cloud Appreciation Day. It will help to remind people that clouds are the most dynamic, evocative and accessible part of nature.
Members of the Cloud Appreciation Society love looking for interesting and unusual cloud formations on any day of the year. Therefore, the Memory Cloud Atlas is an opportunity for everyone, whatever their age, to join us in looking up and spending a few moments with their head in the clouds on Cloud Appreciation Day.
Enjoy some beautiful clouds from our own EarthSky Community Photos, below, and also read a book review of Gavin Pretor-Pinney’s book “A Cloud a Day” in our column Media we love.
Cloud gallery from EarthSky Community members
More cloud gallery from EarthSky Community members
Bottom line: Cloud Appreciation Day is September 16, 2022. Enjoy this gallery of beautiful clouds and share your own with the Cloud Appreciation Society and us!
Kelly Kizer Whitt has been a science writer specializing in astronomy for more than two decades. She began her career at Astronomy Magazine, and she has made regular contributions to AstronomyToday and the Sierra Club, among other outlets. Her children’s picture book, Solar System Forecast, was published in 2012. She has also written a young adult dystopian novel titled A Different Sky. When she is not reading or writing about astronomy and staring up at the stars, she enjoys traveling to the national parks, creating crossword puzzles, running, tennis, and paddleboarding. Kelly lives with her family in Wisconsin.
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