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Okta

Okta

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.

 

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