Cloudscape Stamps Released by United States Postal
The world's most popular hobby
will rise to greater heights due to the U.S. Postal Service's release of the
37-cent Cloudscapes commemorative postage stamp, which launched
National Stamp Collecting Month. This year's theme, "Reach for the Sky
and Collect Stamps" includes an alliance with the National Weather
Service, The Weather Channel, and the American Meteorological Society to
educate stamp collectors about atmospheric sciences.
The Cloudscapes stamp
sheet includes 15 stamps based on photographs of nine cloud formations and
are arranged on the stamp pane according to altitude. Information about each
cloud is no the back of the pane behind the stamp. A booklet of twenty
23-cent Cloudscape stamped postal-cards of the 15 stamp designs has
also been issued.
The cloud types shown on the
stamp pane are: Cirrus radiatus, Cirrostratus fibratus, Cirrocumulus
undulatus, Cumulonimbus mammatus, Cumulonimbus incus, Altocumulus
stratiformis, Altostratus translucidus, Altocumulus undulatus, Altocumulus
castellanus, Altocumulus lenticularis, Stratocumulus undulatus, Stratus
opacus, Cumulus humilis, Cumulus congestus and Cumulonimbus with tornado.
To learn more about U.S. Stamps
and stamp collecting, go to the Postal Service Collector's Corner at