Today’s word of the day …

Jeremy Elwood, SBJ Web EditorIt’s time to play another round of everyone’s favorite game, guess the phrase.

Today’s phrase is … “Undulatus asperatus.”

No, it’s not Latin for “bumpy asparagus” or “curly oxygen.” It’s something much more mundane and, at the same time, breathtaking.

It’s a cloud formation.

You may have seen it Monday morning, rolling into the Ozarks skies from the West on your way to work.

It’s one that could be potentially labeled a new type of cloud, the first assigned a new classification in the International Cloud Atlas by the World Meteorological Organization in nearly 60 years.

“Undulatus asperatus,” for the science geeks, would be a subclassification of the altocumulus cloud undulatus, which is often called a billow or wave cloud.

The name, undulatus asperatus, translates to “agitated waves.” The pictures from yesterday’s event, seen via the National Weather Service and our media partner, KSPR, show that the name is an apt description.

And thankfully, this was a rare occasion when an awe-inspiring weather picture did not accompany significant damage or injury – these clouds dissipated without much in the way of rain.

So what do clouds have to do with business? Absolutely nothing – except, maybe, to show that even something as staid and timeless as the skies is apt to change and rediscovery every once in a while.

Even people in business should take a minute or two to stick their heads in the clouds.


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