For people who like to look
Ticas is an informal group of interested individuals who share pictures and information relating to cloud varieties. We like to look up, and see what is going on up there.
The group likes to explore the many facets of clouds, and in particular the cultural and environmental content of clouds. Clouds can be studied in many different ways – you can use them to forecast the weather; you can name their varieties, genera and species; or you can simply admire and enjoy them, seeing different shapes and pictures in them (this is called pareidolia). They are part of great nature's poetry, fluid dynamics.
It is suprising to learn that, despite the comprehensive classification of just about everything in our natural world, clouds were first classified only just over two hundred years ago, by an otherwise unknown meteorologist called Luke Howard.
Luke Howard, a thirty-two year old Quaker, came up with a simple system that can classify clouds, despite the fact that they move, change shape and relationships with each other within seconds. "As indistinct as water is in water" wrote Shakespeare, but Howard's deceptively simple system makes cloud spotting and collecting an achievable pursuit. Using Luke Howard's simple method means we can reduce clouds into ten basic shapes.
If you would like to become a member of TICAS, simply Like our Facebook group — and share your clouds.