Winslow Homer was an American landscape painter who lived from 1836-1910. He called this painting Cloud Shadows. Do you see the shadows that the clouds made on the beach? The clouds look like stratocumulus clouds.
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Arts and Culture about Clouds, Weather, and Climate

Whether it is how an artist paints the shapes of clouds or how a poet describes a gloomy weather day, there are many ways to connect the arts and culture with clouds, weather, and climate. In this section of Windows to the Universe you will find art, poetry, and mythology that connect to the science of our planet. 

Clouds in Art
Landscape artists have been painting clouds for centuries. And there are so many different types of clouds in the sky to paint. Explore the Clouds in Art interactive and gallery to identify cloud types from landscape paintings. An educator guide is provided for teachers.

Our Poetic Planet
What’s the weather like? Ask a poet! Giving a sense of the environment with their words, poets describe the planet in interesting ways. Explore how various poets have described the world around them.

Weather Poetry and Pictures
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But just what words are those? Write your own poem about this month's featured weather picture. Your poem will be posted online. And check back next month to write a poem about a new weather picture.

Weather Mythology
Cultures around the world have often credited wild weather events to mythological figures.  Whether it is wielding thunder and lightning or creating storms at sea with anger, gods from many cultures have power over the weather. Read about some of these gods and their special skills.

Last modified November 7, 2008 by Lisa Gardiner.

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