There's 7508 members of the society which is pretty amazing, and membership costs just a few quid per year through PayPal so it may not be long before I add one to their membership total!
At The Cloud Appreciation Society we love clouds, we’re not ashamed to
say it and we’ve had enough of people moaning about them.Read our
manifesto and see how we are fighting the banality of ‘blue-sky
Also in their manifesto they say (among other things):
We think that they are Nature’s poetry, and the most egalitarian of her
displays, since everyone can have a fantastic view of them.
I would have to agree and taking time out to sit and chill and watch the clouds wend their way across your space and time is very Zen (be that on land or sea!)and very rewarding, especially as they're giving away the secrets to those who understand them of what the weather is gonna be doing, thus giving us the sailors the upper-hand over our stressed out non-cloud-gazing competitors!!
So what do I think of all this then? Well I'm only a hand-ful of pages through the book as yet, but it reads well, is enjoyable and I'm starting to learn stuff.... the website is well created and functional. I would say, and Gavin Pretor-Pinney if your reading this take this as positive advice, the site could do with some "newer community features"... I was going to say for them to forget their picture page and embed a Flickr viewer, well it seems there is a CloudAppreciation Flickr Group so thats a bloody good start.. What I did find suprising was that YouTube had no real content on Cloud Video's which is a real shame.... maybe something to think about?
Anyway, its worth checking out, get some cloudspotting done, relax and maybe learn a little about predicting those damned windshifts!