by Jean-Jacques COURTEY, Doctor in Economic Geography, Ph.D
Asperatus is an un-ordinary cloud. It dares to exist in spite of a certain denial of most of our (too) Cartesian scientists. As a matter of fact, Cartesianism should be a method, and not a religion replacing the Church !
Asperatus has been named this way by England, as it was the first country to officially repertoriate it in 2007. Some observations were also made before in Canada in 2004, apparently. And this cloud is not yet recognized in the whole world, especially in France, which set a scientific controversy.
Asperatus means "brutal" in Latin, because this enormous cloud can come into being suddenly in the sky, without much warning, by totally ruining all the weather forecasts !
In France, meteorologists intend to consider it as a kind of altocumulus.
Yet, the peculiarity of "asperatus" is usually to stand lower than it, but it's true it is highly mobile.
Asperatus can start with altocumulus shape and cirrus humilis designs, announcing good weather or weather improvement, with a pressure above 1013 mb or a rising pressure. But, the sudden metamorphosis of the cloud can create surprise with pressure suddenly dropping. Here is the source of the confusion. And that's why a weekly weather forecast of sunday can turn completely wrong next monday, as it happened on June 17th, 2013 in Paris around 11 AM, when day was like night.
As a matter of fact, this "super-cloud" when coming to existence, is suddenly drawing another design around the cirrus humilis common shape and the altocumulus, becoming one. To be more precise, the final drawing is very different of both : it appears clearly from below like a frightening sea defused by the storm, except when it covers totally the daylight !
The aspect of an asperatus is dreadful to be quite honest, and associated with a kind of electrostatic wind, and heavy rain or gale. Electromagnetism seems equalilly significant. You have got eyes ? Well, use them and get away to find a shelter quickly. This "super-cloud" seems to be able to stop totally the light of the Sun in the concerned area. It can be night in full day, in exceptional occurences.
So, it can be rather panicky ! The only thing to do is to wait inside for the "super-cloud" to disappear after thunder and heavy rain or gale one hour, or more !
Generally, it lasts around one hour, but nobody knows the limits of this type of cloud, particularly if there are more than one. As it's a very young cloud, it hasn't be studied enough at the moment, especially in France which doesn't recognize it. So as a result, its specificities stay mostly ignored. They are just supposed, which doesn't help.
It has been said, it doesn't really blur the radio waves, but as you cannot hear anymore sound often, it's hard to sustain.
About the probes of planes, it's the same. It depends on its exact altitude. And, it may look better to wait that the sky gets free, by taking another plane just in case. If you are a daredevil, you can take your plane of course, after checking insurance is included in the fare.
Some people think there is a double meaning in the word "asperatus", as it's very near "aspirator".
But we don't know yet what this "super-cloud" can aspire exactly.
Thus, concerning a potential whirlpool effect, all the hypothesis can be uttered, the possibility of mini-tornadoes not being excluded for the least.
It is also remarkable that asperatus looks very much like Jupiter's "super-clouds" : the similarity and resemblance are absolutely amazing, or should we say striking. But nobody knows why this type of cloud came to being on Earth quite recently ? !
Until now, asperatus got recognition in Anglo-Saxon countries mainly. But this ambitious cloud wants more : it is desperate to be known in the whole world.
That's why you can find it not only in the North Atlantic area (America and Canada, or over the Channel for instance and possibly more inside lands now), but also in the South Atlantic one (Brasil)...and equalilly over the Pacific area.
New-Zealanders have got quite a growing knowledge of asperatus.
It is very likely that France will succeed in reassessing its knowledge, finally.
If René Descartes (1596 - 1650) was coming back now, and was at the end of a difficult process admitted amongst Cartesians - "de justesse" -, he might be surprised by the misinterpretations and misuses of his famous "method".
He would certainly be disconcerted by the strange lack of intellectual curiosity of our "re-obscured" and rather ignorant epoch, so "corseted" by stereotypes.
Stereotypes live long, and not only about clouds.
At the moment in France, there is one concerning the supposedly growing life expectancy, based upon outdated projections. This stereotype is totally ignoring a less rosy reality, where health has become a luxury difficult to afford for more and more seniors - or even juniors now !
So it's a bit strange to launch an important reform of retirement, from data which are changing quickly reverse way, with nobody taking notice.
France needs to reopen the eyes and wake up to the new reality, generally speaking.
Of course, it would be totally paradoxical that the darkness of asperatus could provoke that. But, it would certainly be more useful and constructive to reconsider, or more simply consider, the mere existence of this young "super-cloud".
Descartes would have surely studied with passion this cloud, if he was still alive. He was broad minded enough.
In his honour and for the greatness of France, let's do the same, in search of a new sunshine !