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Name Any Raincloud That Appears

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Never mind naming storms and other weathery phenomenoria, just give names to each raincloud as and when they appear, then talk about it on media (traditional, and social). Same with gusts of wind, too.
Ian Tindale, Apr 30 2018


       Might I suggest naming them all Zem?
RayfordSteele, Apr 30 2018

       // Same with gusts of wind, too //   

       What about hot air ? If you wanted to name ineffectual streams of hot air you could call them after politicians.
8th of 7, Apr 30 2018

       One problem with this idea is this idea. Rain seldom falls from isolated clouds, and there is no such thing as a raincloud. Rain tends to fall from parts of clouds, and those clouds are often all joined together into one big cloudiness.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 30 2018

       //all joined together into one big cloudiness//   

       Storms are named in alphabetical order: Aileen, Brian, Caroline, Dylan, Eleanor etc.   

       Maybe British rainclouds should be named in order of the monarchs that reign over them?   

       Any year now, Raincloud Elizabeth II will give way to Raincloud Charles III.
Wrongfellow, Apr 30 2018

       //Name Any Raincloud That Appears//

That appears where? When? What if it is a foreign cloud that has just drifted over & it has already been named?

This seems to me to be terribly confusing. Cloud Elsie & Cloud Ishmael & Cloud William* could all be exactly the same rain cloud.

And rain clouds change shape over time. Do we give different names to different forms of the same cloud? It would all be chaotic. This is a ludicrous idea. +

*Star Trek reference there, if anyone is paying attention or cares.
DrBob, May 02 2018

       Yes, and yes. "The Omega Glory", TOS.
8th of 7, May 02 2018

       Won't it be confusing if they're all called "That Appears"?
MaxwellBuchanan, May 02 2018

       What we should do, is construct a naming scheme capable of uniquely naming any *possible* raincloud configuration, then apply a mapping from the actual rainclouds in any given location onto that list of names.   

       This will have the dual advantage of providing the world with the ability to compare clouds directly by their names, thus identifying any situations where any two clouds are duplicated between now, and the future, but also if printed out in a temporally-stretched, periodical fashion, and sold to collectors (with suitably OCD motivation to "tick-off" all possible instances of clouds) for say £1 a copy.   

       In doing so, we might make somewhere in the region of £8.
zen_tom, May 02 2018

       A couple more big wins like that and the U.S. defecit will be history ... nice one, [zen].
8th of 7, May 02 2018

       I think one main emphasis of this idea, whoever wrote it, is that it might give newscasters something to slightly enthuse about these named clouds within the constraints of 25 hour rolling news. The news would actually be slightly different from one time to the next, if you’re in the habit of letting the news roll past in the background. Of course, they won’t go so far as to exaggerate the cloudiness or storminess or weatheriness of any of this, being responsible newsmongers.
Ian Tindale, May 02 2018


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