In daydreaming out the window as a kid, Luke Howard began to informally study the constantly changing clouds in the sky. In 1802, he was the first to name cloud forms, as well as a variety of transitional cloud types. It’s a system of classifications that we use in meteorology today.

Learn about these cloud forms and what their Latin names mean in this delightful TED Ed animation: How did clouds get their names?

Enjoy more clouds and weather, including why clouds stay up and Cloudy by Friends with You, a kiddo favorite.

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