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July 11, 2006

Clouds & Elephants

Filed under: News — chantal @ 12:22 am

This wonderful little story came from a photoblog that I visit daily. The photographer is the very talented Pete Morgan.

‘Every cloud is made up of moisture, of course … a single fluffy cloud contains about 550 tons of water. Your average elephant weighs about six tons, so that means that those happy spring clouds are equivalent to around 100 elephants.

A bigger storm cloud … is more like 200,000 elephants in terms of weight. That’s quite a jump, and it’s kind of humbling, funny, and awesome to think of 200,000 elephants stampeding across the sky.

No such emotions attach to the numbers associated with a hurricane, however. Instead of awe or humor, now we’re talking absolute terror. Instead of 100 elephants, or even 200,000 elephants, the water in a hurricane is equivalent to 40,000,000 – yes, forty million – elephants. Forty million elephants in the sky, bringing destruction and fear. Forty million elephants.

Next time you look at a cloud, think about how many elephants are in it. You had no idea that a cloud was so massive, and no idea that a creature so huge and seemingly earth-bound can be used to understand something so apparently light and ephemeral, did you?’

Pete posted a very beautiful photo of clouds, along with the story. Both can be found here.

Thanks for sharing this, Pete!

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