March 19th, 2010


(no subject)

I have occasionally wondered (usually when trying to remember how to spell meteorology) about the connection between the weather and the rocks that fall out of the sky. Having finally got round to looking it up, I've discovered that all sort of things are meteors, and I just didn't know it.

Atmospheric phenomena were formerly often classed as aerial meteor or airy meteors (winds), aqueous meteor or watery meteors (rain, snow, hail, dew, etc.), luminous meteors (the aurora, rainbow, sun halo, etc.), and igneous meteor or fiery meteors (lightning, shooting stars, etc.).

That list has possibly made me unreasonably happy. I'm a word geek :)