We are celebrating the 250th birthday of Luke Howard, the man who named the clouds. Besides studying languages, pharmacy and natural sciences, he was an ‘amateur’ meteorologist. The Royal Meteorological Society is marking his contribution to the field with an article in their journal Weather and holds many of his watercolour studies of clouds, which are presented and discussed in more detail in the Science Museum Group Journal.
My own small contribution to the event is a guest-post on the Royal Meteorological Society’s blog MetMatters! about why and how we get our young voyage crew on the sail training tall ship Pelican of London to get their heads around clouds and other weather phenomena.