The new formation is being championed by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, an international group of more than 36,000 meteorological buffs from countries across the globe.
In a recent article in The Verge, Pretor-Pinney explained that he was moved to propose the new formation after he received pictures of the sky taken from the 12th floor of an office building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a few years ago. The cloud formation in the photos "struck me as being rather different from the normal undulates clouds," said Pretor-Kinney, whom the article describes as an author, graphic designer and former absinthe importer. "They were more turbulent, more confused - as if you were underneath the water looking up toward the surface, when the sea is particularly disturbed and chaotic."
Pretor-Kinney subsequently received other pictures of similar-looking clouds, and he began to think that it was a new type of formation.
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Undulatus asperatus was recommended for consideration in a November 2013 report issued by the task force assigned to review the cloud atlas. WMO official Roger Atkinson told The Verge that the chances of the formation being included are "very high," but said that the name might be changed. "We need advice from a proper Latin scholar," he explained.