BEING QUITE TAKEN WITH A RECENT SPATE OF LOVELY WEATHER, PLUS IT’S NOT OFTEN YOU EVER SO LOOSELY CONNECT THE HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL TO ’60s SPY THRILLERS, BOTH FAVORED GENRES. I CONTAIN MULTITUDES.
n. — a meterological unit of measurement for cloud cover equal to one-eighth of the sky
cloud cover of 0 okta = clear
1 okta = 1/8 of the visible sky covered in cloud
8 okta = overcast
Cloud is anticipated at six to seven okta.
—John le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, 1977
fm. Latin, octa-, meaning eight
first published. 1950
inspiration. The Oxford English Dictionary
featured image. Frederic Edwin Church, Clouds Over Olana, 1872. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, New York: Oil on paper, 8 5/8 x 12 1/8 in.