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The sky appears blue to the human eye as the short waves of blue light are scattered more than the other colours in the spectrum, making the blue light more visible.
At any time there are many weather systems weaving around the globe, however when averaged over many years a global pattern of air movement emerges.
The classification of clouds into types was first proposed by Luke Howard in 1802 and we largely use the same system today splitting clouds into three main types - stratus, cumulus and cirrus.
Whether it’s wet, cold, windy or sunny, the UK weather is one of our most popular topics of conversation. And it’s only becoming more so as the weather becomes more unpredictable and extreme.
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